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Harley Merlin and the First Ritual by Bella Forrest Review

Title: Harley Merlin and the First Ritual

Author: Bella Forrest

First published September 1, 2018

402 pages, Kindle Edition

Rating: 4.2


Harley Merlin thought she knew what she was up against – a powerful enemy who wanted to become a godlike Child of Chaos. But now that she’s discovered the true extent of their plan, she’s not sure how to stop it.

With many of the magicals still missing and her loved ones in danger, Harley has to act fast. But when one of the most dangerous creatures from the Bestiary escapes, Harley suspects that her enemy is involved.

And with her powers finally within reach, Harley must decide if the cost of unleashing them is worth the risk. Can she stop her enemy before it’s too late?

Or will she lose everything she holds dear?

About the Author

Bella Forrest is a talented author who writes captivating stories that blend fantasy, action, romance, and mystery with unexpected twists. Since her debut novel in 2012, she has sold over seven million books.

Forrest’s latest releases include “A Shade of Vampire: A Gate of Light” (Book 91), “Harley Merlin 20: Persie Merlin and the Witch Hunters,” and “Darklight 8: Darkwilds.” To be the first to know when she releases a new book, sign up for her email list.

You can find all of Forrest’s books on Amazon, and her website has a comprehensive list of her titles. Some of her popular books include “Darklight,” “A Love That Endures” trilogy, “Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven,” “The Child Thief,” “Hotbloods,” “The Gender Game,” and “The Girl Who Dared to Think.”

“A Shade of Vampire” series consists of 11 seasons and numerous books, starting with Derek and Sofia’s story in Seasons 1 and 2, followed by Rose and Caleb’s story in Seasons 3 and 4. In Season 5, “A Dawn of Guardians,” a new hero takes the lead.

The subsequent seasons follow various characters and their adventures, including “A Birth of Fire” in Season 9 and “An Origin of Vampires” in Season 10. The latest season, “A Shade of Mystery,” includes “A Gate of Light” (Book 91) and “A Dawn of Worlds” (Book 92), which will release on August 20, 2020.

Editoral Review

“Harley Merlin and the First Ritual” by Bella Forrest is the first installment of the young adult fantasy series, Harley Merlin. The book was first published on September 1, 2018, and quickly gained popularity within the genre.

Bella Forrest is a bestselling author known for her imaginative and captivating storytelling style, which is evident in the book. The plot centers around a young orphan girl named Harley Merlin, who discovers that she possesses unusual abilities.

As she struggles to understand and control her powers, she finds herself drawn into a world of magic and mystery. Harley soon learns that she is part of a group of gifted individuals known as the Children of Fire.

Together, they must complete a dangerous ritual to prevent the unleashing of a great evil. The story is set in a world that is rich in details and full of magical creatures, making it an exciting read for anyone who enjoys books in the young adult fantasy genre.

The characters are well-developed, making the reader feel invested in their fates and sympathetic to their struggles. The conflicts are intense and leave the reader on the edge of their seat.

The book has significant historical and cultural significance, as it raises important questions about the role of power and responsibility. It also touches on themes of identity, acceptance, and the sense of belonging.

These topics are particularly relevant in today’s society, where issues of diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of many discussions. One of the strengths of “Harley Merlin and the First Ritual” is the quality of the writing.

Bella Forrest has a gift for creating a vivid and engaging narrative, which keeps the reader hooked from start to finish. The pacing is impeccable, and the plot unfolds in a way that feels natural and organic.

One of the weaknesses of the book is the lack of originality. While the story is entertaining and well-written, it follows a familiar pattern that may be predictable for some readers.

Additionally, some of the dialogue feels forced and unrealistic, making it hard to fully engage with certain characters. Overall, “Harley Merlin and the First Ritual” is a well-written and compelling book that will appeal to fans of the young adult fantasy genre.

While it may not be groundbreaking in its approach, it is an entertaining read that raises important questions about power and identity. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting and engaging book to read.

I give this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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