Book: The Beholder
Author: Anna Bright
Year Published: 2019
- Plot: 3/5
- Characters: 3/5
- Writing: 4/5
- Overall: 3/5
It’s important for people to know exactly what they’re getting into, so to avoid confusion: this book is not a retelling of a specific story. Rather, it incorporates many myths and fairy tales into the storyline. Also, it is most certainly not a retelling of The Odyssey– the characters travel on a ship to far away lands and there’s a person called Homer but the similarities end there.
The Beholder was an alternate history novel, set in a world slightly similar to ours but heavily influenced by myths and fairy tales. It wasn’t perfect but it was still alright I did enjoy reading it.
The story followed Selah, the seneschal-elect of Potomac. After an embarrassing rejection, her troublesome step-mother forces her to travel across the ocean and meet a myriad of suitors in various countries that she must choose from in order to ‘do her duty’. Selah seemed like the average teenager trying to find her place in the world. She was quite shy, bookish and had a great love for fairy tales. During the duration of the book she grows in confidence and comes into her own which was a pleasure to see. However, some of her and the other characters’ actions were very unrealistic and the romance element was cute but contrived.
It wasn’t amazing but I liked it and the ending leaves many unanswered questions which I hope will be answered in the next book.
Thank you to HarperTeen and Anna Bright for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.