My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Akarnae is a fantastical tale that goes by the rote for the most part. A debut novel by Lynette Noni. Call it a poor man’s Harry Potter, where he’s a girl, out of reach of his parents, thrust into a whole new magical world from the Muggle Mundania of Privet Drive. True to the Harry Potter script, you’ll come across Noni’s version of Ronnie Weasley and Hermione Granger (Bear and Jordan, albeit with the roles switched). You got yourself a Voldemort-calibre supervillain (Aven), a whimsical all-knowing Dumbledore (Head Master Marselle). You got your slave master Snape (Karter). As someone who kept a copy of A Philosopher’s Stone with me as my own security blanket wherever I went, I can go on and on with similarities which don’t end here. But this is where I’ll stop. I believe I got my point across.
This likeness to Harry Potter isn’t coincidental. Neither is it a turnoff as such. J.K Rowling’s superb book series is one of the most influential the world over and it’s largely shaped how many authors plot out and write fantasy. Continue reading “Book review: Akarnae, The Medoran Chronicles #1 by Lynette Noni”