Through Fire and Sea is the start of a series by Nicole Luiken. Intriguing and quick-paced, this first novel jumps between the perspectives the two main characters, Leah and her mirror-self Holly. The plot of this story is engaging, and kept me turning the pages! I liked the distinctiveness of the two worlds, the Fire World set in its own time and the Water world much more like the world we know. This familiarity is perhaps why I often found myself preferring the sections in Holly's perspective. Though Leah's world was interesting, I felt that I wasn't totally engulfed in it. At times, I felt lost because I wasn't aware of the background of this world. A little more description of the Fire world may have helped me understand it better. I also think the author spent more time on the love story between Holly and Ryan as opposed to the one between Gideon and Leah. This may have perhaps been because the latter couple's relationship acts as a catalyst for later actions in the story. I really enjoyed the romance plot between Holly and Ryan! I honestly felt like theirs was a story that could have stood separate from the rest of the plot!
Though I think the story could have benefited from more detailed descriptions and maybe more significant sub-characters, I enjoyed this book overall. It was quite the page-turner and the plot was riveting! I am intrigued enough to read the next book, particularly as it looks like we will be seeing more worlds!
When Leah’s biological father finally acknowledges her existence, it results in her being swept up in an adventure of magic and mirrors. Leah discovers that she’s a “Caller”, meaning she can connect with her mirror-selves from other worlds. Her power makes her a prime target for those who would use it for their own ends. As Leah’s world, the Fire World, starts to crumble she turns to her mirror-self Holly for help.
In the Water world, Holly nearly dies after a sudden encounter with Leah, but is saved by Ryan, a boy with secrets of his own. Leah recognizes Ryan as the mirror-self of an important figure in the Fire World and his existence becomes vital. Holly is charmed by the secretive Ryan, but is wary of the imposing Leah. Why should she trust her other-self not to do her harm? But Leah and Holly must work together in order to save both their worlds from those wishing to destroy them.
Mirror mirror, hear my call...
In the Fire world, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm's most powerful lords. She's hot-blooded - able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods that either bless a civilization or destroy it. But then Leah discovers she's a Caller, gifted with the unique - and dangerous - ability to "call" her Otherselves in mirror worlds. And her father will do anything to use her powers for his own purposes.
In the Water world, Holly nearly drowns when she sees - and interacts with - Leah, a mirror image of herself. She's rescued by Ryan, a boy from school with a secret he'd die to protect. Little do they know, his Otherself is the son of a powerful volcano god at war in the Fire world...and he's about to fall.
As Leah and Holly's lives intersect, the Fire and Water worlds descend into darkness. The only way to protect the mirror worlds is to break every rule they've ever known. If they don't, the evil seeping through the mirrors will destroy everything - and everyone - they love...