“With just one step, sixteen year old Alexandra Jenning’s world changes – literally.”

Akarnae by Lynette Noni is a wonderfully written and delightfully surprising, not to mention an incredibly enchanting fantasy.

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities.

Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.

While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae, Medora’s  boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and friends that embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.

An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival.Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?

Will Alex risk her entire world – and maybe even her life – to save Medora?

Lynette Noni created a fascinating world. It made me want to find my own door, discover Medora and enroll at Akarnae. It was easy for me to get lost in the story and experience Alex’s adventures alongside her. Lynette Noni painted a picture in my head of the world and action without overloading me with descriptions. And the dialogue? I love witty banter, and this book had that and more.

Bear and Jordan are fun, mischievous, loyal and help Alex adjust to their world throughout the book.The three take to each other readily and become fast friends. And what made it even better? No instalove, no love triangle or anything! These three friends just stay friends. What a breath of fresh air! Lynette Noni gave every character a distinct “voice”, which is something I liked.

Akarnae is a well written and incredibly enchanting. The world building was amazing, there were so many things to learn about Medora and it was all explained perfectly. I loved the explanation of the powers that the students at Akarnae possessed. The renowned school library was magnificent. I loved the wonderland type feel of the enchanted rooms and history behind the building.

Akarnae is a wonderfully written, mild fantasy that is not only entertaining but engaging. Fans of fantasy will enjoy this series, especially the younger teen audience.

rating 5/5 – where’s my door to Medora??