The Borderlands: The Complete Trilogy by Aderyn Wood

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

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Dale longs to escape the school bullies who torment her for being different. But when a dark sorcerer learns of her existence, she must flee much more than mean girls.

'It is urgent for you to reach the Borderlands. There, you will learn everything you need to know.'

Dale is smart. Too smart for the in-crowd at school who taunt her whenever they get the chance. But sometimes her smarts get the better of her, and when she finds herself telling the new, cute boy at school her deepest secret, the bullying reaches new levels, and weird things start to happen when the creatures from her childhood imagination suddenly reappear.

Dale’s world shatters when her only friend is violently attacked by an evil sorcerer. She is set on a frantic escape and a dangerous quest; the Borderlands beckon. But what are the Borderlands? What exactly will they awake in her? And will she even make it to them? Suddenly, the school mean girls don’t seem so bad.

If you love YA Fantasy with a strong magical awakening theme, this is the series for you.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

THE BORDERLANDS: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY is exactly what it says. An epic fantasy that starts off in modern-day Scotland, travels to another medieval world, finds a cyber-punk Earth in 2136, before returning to a 'simpler' time.

Dale longs to run away, from her family, from her school bullies, from everything. She has befriended a homeless man, Gareth, and together, they do up a little sailboat and make plans. Things take a turn for the worse when Gareth is murdered and Dale escapes by herself, with no idea of what to do or where to go. Of course, that's only the beginning of the story...

Dale is a brilliant character, feisty and strong-willed, makes more than a couple of mistakes, does the wrong thing and admits, but ultimately wants to help. This trilogy really is a journey for her as she not only discovers what's going on but just she has to do with it too.

There is a great supporting cast that both help and hinder her as the story progresses. The pacing is smooth, with action and adventure. There is a touch of romance, a hint of a triangle, but that's it. The focus really is on Dale and what she learns.

A fantasy that crosses genres, this was a trilogy I thoroughly enjoyed and have no hesitation in recommending.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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From high fantasy to paranormal, Aderyn's stories cover the broad spectrum of Fantasy. Inspired from childhood by the wonder and mystique of Susan Cooper's 'The Dark is Rising' and the adventures in Tolkien's 'The Hobbit', her love of the Fantasy genre has been life long. As a writer, Aderyn brings characters and places to life in stories filled with magic, mystery, and a good dollop of mayhem.

Aderyn studied Literature, History and Creative Writing at university, travelled the world, and taught English before becoming a full-time writer. She is also a part-time farmer passionate about self-sufficiency and poultry. She lives in a cosy cottage on a small farm in Victoria, Australia with partner Peter, their dog, cat, and a little duck called Snow.

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