Mortal Sight by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads: Book Review
About the Book
Book: Mortal Sight
Author: Sandra Fernandez Rhoads
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: April 14, 2020
When Worlds Collide, Shadow Wrestles Light
Seventeen-year-old Cera Marlowe wants a normal life; one where she and her mom can stop skipping town every time a disturbing vision strikes. But when a girl she knows is murdered by a monster she can’t explain, Cera’s world turns upside down.
Suddenly thrown into an ancient supernatural battle, Cera discovers she’s not alone in her gifting and vows to use her visions to save lives. But why does John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost keep interrupting her thoughts?
In a race against time and a war against unearthly creatures, will decoding messages embedded in the works of classic literature be enough to stop the bloodshed and protect those she loves?Click here to get your copy!
I am by no means a book connoisseur, but I do know what I like. And that includes books like Mortal Sight. Doesn’t matter that I’m well beyond the young adult age, the fantasy genre is leagues ahead of others when I consider favorites.
That also means I am picky about what I like and don’t like in a YA fantasy. This one, homerun. All the way. And I need the next book. Like, right now.
Cera is the perfect character for this series. She’s not perfect. In fact, if I had to say one bad thing about the book, it would be that Cera’s attitude is so on-point for a teenager that I wanted to tell her to knock it off. Funny, right? Must be showing my age. I’m really not even complaining. She had every right to act how she did and the bulldog tenacity she shows will either make or break her in the future. It all depends on where she decides to lock that focus.
I would have to recommend this book to fantasy lovers of all ages. If you enjoy Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series, or Lindsay Franklin’s The Story Peddler, I think you’ll love this book.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Sandra Fernandez Rhoads is a Cuban-Colombian born in Queens, New York but currently lives in Dallas, Texas. Her previous experience includes earning a M.A. in her 17th century crush, John Milton, writing scripts and performance pieces, directing theater, acting, and running an employment consulting and marketing company. As an AFA-NIET National Finalist in Public Speaking, she welcomes an audience and dreams of playing the theme to Jurassic Park on her cello, named Lysander. Mortal Sight is her debut novel.
More from Sandra
I am so excited to share this story. The original story seed for Mortal Sight came from the premise: what if someone never felt like they belonged in this world because they really didn’t? They were born for a place they didn’t know existed, an unseen realm. And if so, what things in our everyday world would shout out this truth, point to this other world, and try to get their attention to let them know that the restlessness is intentional and they were called to something bigger than themselves. The use of art and literature throughout the story comes from my own love for art and the artist community. The unique way artists look at the world could point to this other realm. I chose Milton’s Paradise Lost, in particular because the poem speaks of things invisible and unseen wars. I have a deep love for artists and the creative community and love encouraging others to tell stories through art, whether it’s visual, music, poetry, dance, writing, etc. It’s in art’s narrative that we see broken pieces of ourselves. This story came from the idea that art could create common ground, kickstart community, and maybe even change the way we see ourselves, others or even the world.