The Enlightenment of Abigail Brown by Mark Waters
Thrown into a world of magic, myth and dragons, Abigail has discovered her true self and now relishes her new existence as Princess of Nousidia. This life, however, is to be short lived, as the arrival of a dark visitor plunges her into new and perilous depths, her world threatened once again by agents of evil. In her quest for discovery, Abby uncovers memories long forgotten, truths obscured by history and an acceptance that may break her heart. Can the fragile balance of life survive this new upheaval, or will her world succumb to the darkness of perpetual winter?
The Enlightenment of Abigail Brown is the second book in the Nousidian Chronicles. In its prequel the story was pretty much closed so I was wondering how Mark Waters would start off the second book. It could go any which way. I was actually surprised with what happened in the prologue. Where I thought that Abigail had defeated her evil aunt Belladora, there is now a sudden return of her. Looking back on the part where she was defeated in the first book I can relate to the reappearance. This reappearance could prove an interesting start so I had high hopes for The Enlightenment of Abigail Brown.
As I mentioned the prologue which featured the return of Belladora, both in the presence of Abigail and Apollo, could have proved a very interesting tale. But then from the chapters that directly followed there was no follow-up of this presence of Belladora, to my disappointment. And to be honest I could not find a very strong plot line developing around the sudden appearance of Belladora. Instead it felt like that this was put in the background. Only in the last chapters, where Abigail is confronted with her aunt is this followed up. I would have liked to have seen a stronger plot line around this and again more interludes featuring the villain, Belladora.
What Mark Waters does manage to do great is to tell a rich and still enchanting story about the magical world of Nousidia. In The Enlightenment of Abigail Brown Mark Waters further explains the coming and going in Nousidia. Visiting and revisiting not only places in Nousidia but also a short travel back to the real world. And with Abigail now being introduced to Nousidia, there is more building around the magic of Nousidia with special hubs in the real world, and more portals into Nousidia. The singular events in which Abigail is placed are great and explained in a good manner. But there was a lack of a whole well rounded story.
Looking at the timeline, where Abigail travels back to the normal world. When she returns to Nousidia again, she has been missed for a couple of years. Doing a bit of math. Abigail is 13 but in Nousidia she is 200, so a factor 15. I felt that she was only a few days to a week in the real world with how fast everything went so at most she could be missing 15 weeks and not a few years. This just didn’t add up with missing years in Nousidia.
Where there was a certain character development in The Enchantment of Abigail Brown I found that it was completely absent in this sequel. Well in the end she become the new queen, but there was not more than that. I do think that this is owing to the fast pace of the storyline in the first book, where she took a sudden leap into adulthood. But I must say that Abigail by herself is more consistent throughout the storyline, not the sudden changes of an child Abigail and adult Abigail mixed.
I was pleased with the ending and the final showdown between Abigail and Belladora (or was it?). Especially with the interferences of some of her friends and a mysterious stranger. The battle that occurred between the two was well described and interesting to read, especially what Abigail did in the end and how she managed it. I hope to see more of this in the further books.
The Enlightenment of Abigail Brown adds much to the already existing world of Nousidia in terms of world building. I found the character development a bit lacking, and I hope that this will continue in the books to follow. There were many places visited and many new characters introduced that I felt that the overall plot line lost its focus. I also hope that there will be a better constructions in the next book with a strong plot line.
This The Enlightenment of Abigail Brown book review was written by Jasper de Joode
All reviews for: Nousidian Chronicles
The Enchantment of Abigail Brown
Nousidian Chronicles: Book 1
The Enlightenment of Abigail Brown
Nousidian Chronicles: Book 2
Have you read The Enlightenment of Abigail Brown?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
The Enlightenment of Abigail Brown reader reviews
7.6/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
His Dark Materials
"Without this child, we shall all die." Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that...
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L Frank Baum
Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto are in for the ride of their lives when a tornado drops them off in the Land of Oz. Can Dorothy and her new friends survive the perils ...
The Chronicles of Narnia
On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan’s song weaves itse...
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
A hot summer’s day on the riverbank, and young Alice is bored. Bored, that is, until a white rabbit in a checked jacket scurries past in a great hurry, examining a po...
Return To Allapatria
Shelley E Parker
Daniel's school holidays are interrupted when, via a ley-line that passes through the goldfish tank in his bedroom, he is transported to a parallel world - in which he ...
Joshua of Gaia: The Lost Elderzamia
Could you leave your world behind to save another? A fading world, an ancient evil and an impossible task for one boy. When Joshua is faced with the choice to fight or hide...
Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Fourteen-year-old Will Burrows lives with his family in London. He has little in common with them except for a passion for digging which he shares with his father. When his...
Eye Of Osiris
Five children from Shipley find a crystal that transports them to a mysterious hallway of magical treasures and doorways to other worlds. All five enter the dark world of O...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
- Recommended contemporary / urban fantasy books/series
- Recommended parallel universe / Alternate reality books
Best of 2016
A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door they step through......
It is for the entities known as Sleepwalkers to cross the doors between dreams, and hunt the nightmares that haunt sleeping minds. Theirs is a world of impossible vistas, wher...
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow's Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer's legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the was...
A Tale of Time City
Diana Wynne Jones
When Vivian is evacuated from London in 1939, she expects to be staying in the countryside. Instead, she is whisked away to Time City – a place that exists outside ti...
The Guns of Empire
As the roar of the guns subsides and the smoke of battle clears, the country of Vordan is offered a fragile peace... After their shattering defeats at the hands of brillian...
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth....
Events are coming to a climax in the Banished Lands, as the war reaches new heights. King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil and three of the Seven Treasu...
For Kivrin Engle, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the four...
The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures...