***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***Lost (The Caelian Cycle #1) by Donnielle Tyner
Genres: fantasy, science fiction
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During WW1, a meteorite crashed, releasing a mist that changed the DNA of all who were exposed. One hundred years has passed and society is divided between the Norms and the Caelians, whose changed DNA awakened dormant gifts, called Talents.
Sadie is over it!
She’s an orphan, her boyfriend was murdered, and she’s the only Caelian at St. Vincent’s without a Talent. Once she turns 18, there will be no place for her in the world. That is, until a chance encounter with Kian, a Caelian boy who makes her feel uncomfortable and alive at the same time.
Secrets of her past are uncovered and Sadie’s latent, rare Talent is exposed. With great power comes the hunters, hired by an egomaniac who wants to use Sadie’s power to establish Caelian dominance. On the run with Kian and her friends, Sadie will have to decide: hide or fight.
Will Sadie accept her new reality or will she stay lost?
Born amongst secrecy, Sadie is spirited off to live in an orphanage just hours after her birth. It wasn’t usual for Caelian’s to be forsaken and turned over to family sponsored orphanages, so she was able to grow up without any interference. While most Caelian’s learn what their Talent is as they go through puberty, Sadie’s remains elusive. However, when her Talent manifests at the worst possible time, her life is in danger.
Lost is a fairly short book in the grand scheme of things. However, Donnielle Tyner does a magnificent job in getting you to care about Sadie and her friends. Starting shortly after Sadie lost her boyfriend to violence, we go with her as she slowly breaks out of her shell and begins to face life again. As she does, her life takes a drastic turn and she finds herself at the center of a manhunt.
Lost is a quick read that has you turning pages as fast as you can read. I personally read it all in one sitting without once putting the book down. It’s a unique coming of age story as Sadie tries to figure out what her Talent means and how it can be used. As with many of these books, there is a love interest. Kian is an interesting young man who has worked to make his way outside of the Caelian families. It’s a great tale of true friends and the potential for true love.
It would appear there are a total of 4 books in this series. All of them are currently available on Amazon.