Tuesday, August 17, 2021

 Hey everyone! Today I've got a review of Saving Zora, a Christian fantasy by author Katie Zora! It's the first book in the Zora Duology. It's also Katie Marie's debut novel, which is fantastic! Before I get into my review, here's some info on the book and author: 


Spy. Fighter. Zorian. Can one girl and her comrades bring about the salvation of two kingdoms? 

Tanner, the youngest spy on the magical island of Zora, receives orders from the Zorian king to gather information on Viggo, the King of the Outlands—England. However, her team’s espionage plans are violently disrupted by Gordon—a man sworn to kill all Zorians. His determination to avenge his daughter’s death knows no bounds as he rallies Outlanders to his cause and searches the seas for Zora.Along with Marcel, a stablehand who hints to be more than he claims, and Lagon, leader of the Arander warriors who has a vengeance of his own, Tanner leads a stand against the evil encompassing the land. With armies descending upon the throne of England and a dangerous man sailing toward Zora, time has seemingly run out for Tanner and her friends. Follow Tanner, Marcel, and their comrades as they journey across lands, charge into battles, uncover shocking news, and find new love in their quest to save England and Zora from the hands of evil in this epic, YA Christian fantasy novel. 

Saving Zora is the first book in The Zora Duology. Each book are standalones but are recommended to be read in order.


Katie Marie is a young author located in Arkansas. She has always enjoyed reading and making up stories, and when she was ten she decided she wanted to be a published author. Katie never stopped pursuing her dream, and now, years later, her debut novel, Saving Zora, is out for the world to see.



This book was fantastic! The characters are easy to keep track of (sometimes I struggle with that in fantasy) and there's a subplot or two that is interesting to follow from the beginning, which end up being pretty hugely important later on in the book. That's one thing I LIVE for when I'm reading - a small thread that doesn't seem to be important at the time until you get further along. The author did a pretty good job explaining her fantasy elements as well, making them believable and easy to understand for the reader.  While there were a few spots that felt like they sagged a bit, the story overall kept my attention (over a busy weekend to boot) and was very heartfelt.  She also weaves some great faith-based themes into the book without feeling too forced or random, which I appreciated deeply.  Overall, if you're a fan of Christian fantasy with some pretty intense characters, an interesting plot, and actual flying horses, make sure to check this one out!

Have you read Saving Zora yet? What was your favorite part? And if you haven't yet, do you plan on it? 

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