It’s a rare thing to find a fantasy read that can effectively combine all of the good things about epic fantasy with all the fun of a coming of age YA novel while making you laugh out loud. Long Days in Paradise, the first in the Shards of Heaven series achieves just that. From the first introduction of Jorden Miles, a seventeen-year-old who finds himself in a strange world where nothing seems quite as it should be, I was hooked. Jorden is immediately likeable and believable, and I found myself rooting for him even when I wanted to scream at him for making a really dumb decision (You know a book is good when you find yourself trying to interact with the characters). Jorden is joined by many colorful characters, most notably his close friend Taf, a human-feline hybrid who seems to have a heart of gold, even if she is full of secrets.
Long Days in Paradise is a fun read that effortlessly combines fantasy, adventure, romance and humor in a unique and entertaining way. I recommend it to any fans of fantasy, from the avid epic fantasy fan, to those who enjoy a fun YA feel.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)