Book Review: The Garden at the Roof of the World by W.B.J. Williams

book review: the garden at the roof of the world To save her brother’s life Gwenaella risks her own in a magical forest to seek a unicorn’s healing magic. But the remedy comes with a steep price. She must commit to a perilous journey through Europe, the Middle East, India, to the high mountains of Tibet, to seek the hidden Garden at the Roof of the World and pluck a fruit that would restore the father of all unicorns to health. Joined by a few trusted followers called by the unicorns’ magic, she will face many dangers on her epic journey. To succeed, Gwenaella must find a balance between faith, friendship, and love and discover the true meaning of sacrifice.

The Garden at the Roof of the World is a stunning debut fantasy epic in a rigorously historical 13th century setting, with vivid characters and a thrilling, romantic story that spans cultures and continents.

From Netgalley in exchange for a review.

I have to admit that I’ve had this book to read and review for a while now, and I’ve finally got around to it. Notes say I started it once before, but abandoned it part way through on the last attempt.

This does scale multi faiths, multiple continents, and people from all social strata – from a street girl to a princess. All are bound together to find the new Garden of Eden, in order to restore the dying father of the unicorns. Each person has to confront their own belief structure during the trip and what the result could possibly mean for themselves, the others in the group and the wider world.

I have to admit that I scanned most of this book. Even on the second (third?) attempt it didn’t grab me. The writing style is simple and uncomplicated, which actually suits the story. Even by early ebook galley standards, the formatting was not great – it might work in paper form, but text was all over the place, there was no standard paragraph changes or conversation markers etc.

I wish I could be more positive about this book, but I simply wasnt engaged with it.

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