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Esme's Gift by Elizabeth Foster - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway



Esme’s Gift
Terror was within. Terror was without.

Like her mother, she was at the water’s mercy.



In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver faces her hardest task yet. She must master her unruly Gift—the power to observe the past—and uncover the secrets she needs to save her mother, Ariane.

In between attending school in the beguiling canal city of Esperance, Esme and her friends—old and new—travel far and wide across Aeolia, gathering the ingredients for a potent magical elixir.

Their journey takes them to volcanic isles, sunken ruins and snowy eyries, spectacular places fraught with danger, where they must face their deepest fears and find hope in the darkest of places.

Esme’s Gift, the second instalment in the Esme trilogy, is a gripping fantasy adventure for readers 12 years and over.


Fans of Harry Potter will love this book for its similar themes. The genuine friendship of the characters make this book a satisfying read, and hints at a healthy romance in the next book. The conclusion of the trilogy will be greatly anticipated! Sorcha, Goodreads

From dragons diving into volcanoes, Esme and her friends portalling out of art class and deep underwater adventures, Esme’s Gift is quite simply a thrilling and exciting read. Jean, Goodreads

Purchase Links
Amazon U.K.
Amazon U.S.

My Review
Esme's Gift is the sequel to Esme's Wish, and I have to say, I think it's even better. I like that the title has a double meaning. It just makes me enjoy the book more.
This one picks up where Esme's Wish ended, with Esme heading back home to Picton to try to convince her father to come with her to Aeolia. Unfortunately, her father isn't so easy to believe, and it doesn't help that Penelope and Mavis are still causing problems. I didn't think it was possible to dislike Penelope even more, but she's pretty awful in this one.
There's a lot more going on in Esme's Gift, too. Not only is Esme trying to convince her father to join her in Aeolia, but she's back and now has to attend school in Esperance, along with Lillian and Daniel. Plus, she's worried about her mother, and her Gift is acting up. Esme is definitely not having an easy time. Add in a bunch of new revelations, and things get a whole lot crazier.
I really enjoyed this sequel. It was fun, it was engaging, and it was a bit darker than book one. Esme and her friends get put through the wringer while trying to do everything they can to save Ariane. But that ending, though... So good! I'm curious to see how everything gets tied up in book three, since there were some loose ends left hanging in this book.
If you're a fan of middle-grade fantasy that is reminiscent of Harry Potter, give Esme's Wish and Esme's Gift a go.
4.5 stars from me!

Author bio
I read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago when reading to my own kids reminded me how much I missed getting lost in other worlds. It’s never too late to find and follow your passion! I now have two books published and am about to start writing the third and final story in the Esme series.  My home base is Sydney, where I can often be found running (just kidding – walking) by the water, or scribbling in cafés.

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