Genre: Middle-Grade / Fantasy
Publication: November 30, 2019
Age Group: Middle-Grade
Terror was within. Terror was without.
Like her mother, she was at the water’s mercy.
In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver faces her hardest task yet. She must master her unruly Gift—the power to observe the past—and uncover the secrets she needs to save her mother, Ariane.
In between attending school in the beguiling canal city of Esperance, Esme and her friends—old and new—travel far and wide across Aeolia, gathering the ingredients for a potent magical elixir.
Their journey takes them to volcanic isles, sunken ruins and snowy eyries, spectacular places fraught with danger, where they must face their deepest fears and find hope in the darkest of places.
Esme’s Gift, the second instalment in the Esme trilogy, is a gripping fantasy adventure for readers 12 years and over.
Fans of Harry Potter will love this book for its similar themes. The genuine friendship of the characters make this book a satisfying read, and hints at a healthy romance in the next book. The conclusion of the trilogy will be greatly anticipated! Sorcha, Goodreads
From dragons diving into volcanoes, Esme and her friends portalling out of art class and deep underwater adventures, Esme’s Gift is quite simply a thrilling and exciting read. Jean, Goodreads
Esme’s Gift is the second novel in the Esme Trilogy from Elizabeth Foster! There is a special place in my heart for middle-grade fantasy books and this novel fit right in!
Esme’s Gift follows Esme, a girl struggling with the apparent loss of her mother and learning how to use her Gift. As Esme investigates her mother’s disappearance, she learns much about herself, which makes the story all the more relatable for middle-grade readers. Interestingly, I feel like I have read a book similar to this one before, but Esme’s Gift takes the reader into a new underwater world that feels incredibly fresh. Esme’s adventures take her through so many different parts of the world, from islands to tundra and everything in between!
This book has a little bit of Greek mythology, mythical creatures, lost treasures, and so much adventure! I loved these touches in this slow-burn middle-grade fantasy! While there is action, the plot moves forward slowly, which is good for a middle-grade reader, but it also has lush world building that leaves the reader ready to travel to Esperance immediately!
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for a complimentary copy of this book. This is my honest review and I would encourage everyone to enter the giveaway below and check out all the stops on this tour!
I read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago when reading to my own kids reminded me how much I missed getting lost in other worlds. It’s never too late to find and follow your passion! I now have two books published and am about to start writing the third and final story in the Esme series. My home base is Sydney, where I can often be found running (just kidding – walking) by the water, or scribbling in cafés.