Fly for fun … fly for fear … fly for freedom …
Restless teen Elina is bored of village life. When she starts magic lessons in the city, her only concern is exploring the sights with new school friend Kara. However, life takes a darker turn. Her magic teacher is hiding a secret, and odd happenings pile up, like unsociable Simeon’s shady dockside deals. But Elina’s questions go unanswered.

When Elina and Simeon develop a magical mind link, she suspects his involvement in foreign spy work. But an unexpected ship tour-turned-voyage throws her and Kara right at the mystery’s heart—in the volatile, dangerous country of Pallexon.

Alone and with no ID, things worsen when a terrorist act blows Kara’s cover. With her own freedom at stake, Elina must rely on her wits and magic to save her friend and unravel Pallexon’s secrets—before it’s too late.

Friendships are forged and loyalties tested in this magical fantasy adventure from debut author Elise Edmonds.

Read now and let your imagination fly!

A little about Elise first:


Reading and writing have always been my doorways into another world–a way to escape from life and spend my time walking with wizards, flying with fairies and dealing with dragons. Pursuing writing in my spare time is a way to bring the magic into my daily life and sneak a peek through those enchanting doorways once again.

As a lifelong avid fantasy reader, my writing is influenced by Diana Wynne Jones, JK Rowling, Angie Sage, CS Lewis, and Enid Blyton. Any books with the power to draw me into another world fascinate me, and I’ve tried to capture this feeling in my own novels.

By day, I’m a finance professional. In my spare time, aside from reading and writing, I enjoy watching movies, playing the piano, and going to Zumba classes. My greatest loves are God, my husband, my family and friends, and last but certainly not least (or so they would say!) my two beautiful cats.

Corinne Morier’s Review: 5-Stars

An immersive page-turner by a promising new author!

Anyone who knows me knows how much I constantly rave about this book. I’ve read this one cover to cover multiple times, and on my most recent read (during downtime at work—I work in customer service and my boss is okay with us reading when there’s no customers) I breezed through it in one day and completely forgot I was still on the job! 😅 It’s not often that you see an Arabian-inspired fantasy novel that does its own thing instead of being a retelling of an Arabic myth of some sort. And OHMYGOSH does this book deliver.

Elina Faramar moves to a new city to take magic lessons, only to embark on a dangerous journey through the jungle after her best friend is taken captive by the corrupt government of the neighboring country, aided by her surly, secretive classmate Simeon and the jovial, generous sailor Janni. If you want a story with a rich, detailed world and a unique magic system, featuring best friends who would face death and imprisonment for each other and a sweet, clean romance, this is definitely a must-read. I shove this in the faces of everyone I meet—friends, family, coworkers, and even my dog!

(me anytime someone asks for a book recommendation and I tell them to read this book)

I should issue a content warning here: this book does use a couple of swear words (no f-bombs, though) so if you’re not comfortable with that, maybe don’t read this book. Otherwise, this is a book everyone needs to read, and if or when I become a teacher, this book will be on my class reading list. You need to read this book!!

Terence Vickers’ Review: 4.5-Stars

Elina doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life working in the family business. So with her mother’s support, she goes to the big city and stays with her eccentric aunt while she attends magic school where she discovers and develops her magic skills.

When her father visits on his way to embark on a ship on a carpet buying trip, a tour of the ship lasts longer than expected when Elina and her friend Kara get locked in a storeroom. Adventure and intrigue follow.

Well presented characters that are easy to relate to, a story that flows very well and a great plot make this book hard to put down. I would recommend this book for anyone over about age eight or nine who are good readers.

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  • I admit, I was very excited to read this book, based on another Naked Reviewer’s high recommendation. Edmond’s YA novel combines two of my favorite childhood tropes I both enjoyed as a child and again as a parent with my own children; Aladdin’s flying carpets and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts are brought expertly together with well drawn, lovable characters. I eager tore into this book expecting great things (especially after being promised this novel was worthy of required reading in school). What I found was yet another mediocre children’s fare with slightly above average writing, nothing of any literary merit to meet the claims I’d heard. What really irked (if not confused) me most was the lack of world building and combining of cultures without any rhyme or reason, let alone explanation. The cover and title promise a Middle Eastern world with all its exotic trappings. What I got was a mix bag of Eastern and Western cultures; snarky teens wearing harem pants, drinking lemonade, bopping around town on carpets instead of bikes, and using American slang. Even the character names threw me off, deriving from all over the map or variants of any of the above to presumably create more of a “fantasy world” feel.

    I get that this is a fantasy based on an invented universe, but still there have to be rules when writing for real world readers, especially children who are yet learning about all of these cultures. Consider, Aladdin is anchored in the Middle Eastern culture and Harry Potter in the UK while still giving us flights of fancy into magic. Adhering to the culture while also portraying a subculture of magic is what makes those stories work and make them seem that much more real! So why not keep it strictly in the culture that first gave us the concept of “where carpets fly” and embellish from there? 4.2 stars for giving me a good story but less than favorable world building.

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