There's something about escaping into a fantasy book during the cold winter months that is too perfect for words. I picked up The Undays of Aralias Lyons on a whim when it was available on NetGalley, and it ended up being a great read for this dreary time of year! The world that Horvath created is one you won't soon forget, and I'd highly recommend this to any and all fans of creative fiction. There's a lot too love!
Simeon Bliss, the big bad of this story, was one part of really made this novel come alive for me. I never really knew what the next big move was going to be, which is always a lot of fun. I also really enjoyed the use of mythical creatures. You really can't top having a character ride a pegasus into battle.
The characters at times were a little hit and miss. I didn't dislike any of them individually, but I would have liked to see some of the focus put elsewhere... more Simeon! Or if nothing else, more of the relationship between Aralias and Jack. Maybe it was because of Clara on Doctor Who, but there was something about this Clara that didn't always work for me.
The concept and scope of this story were really well done though, and I overall this book was really nicely put together. I was genuinely impressed!
About the BookDon’t miss K.L. Horvath’s compelling time travel fantasy with talking beasts, iron monsters, otherworldly creatures and a desperate father!For centuries the great Houses of Time have watched over the mythical creatures, those who manipulate the past for their own ends and humankind. But now the houses have dwindled and few are left who remember the mandates. One, in fact, is determined to put the world in its proper place—beneath his rule.To do that, he’s kidnapped Jack Lyons, the youngest of the Time Travelers. And to get him back and defeat Bliss, Lord Aralias Lyons, Jack’s father, will do anything he has to. He’ll fight wicked spiders, an army of clockwork men, let his son suffer and manipulate time itself in order to right what Bliss has put wrong. He’ll even allow the innocent Miss Clara Heartwell to discover more about the Travelers than most mortals know.
Through secret and deadly deals with dragons, battles back in time and with Jack himself, Aralias has to think smarter, act faster, and be more decisive. Because in the end, saving Jack is all that matters …