Arrival is the first book in the Strangers of Paragor series by Charlotte McConaghy. Charlotte’s debut novel did not fail to impress. Six ordinary teenagers – Harry, Jane, Luca, Anna, Jack and Mia – discover a portal in the real world. They jump through it, not expecting to land in another world – the world of Paragor.
The coming of the Six Strangers has been foretold. Apparently these six are meant to save Paragor from destruction. The evil Leostrial has taken over one of the kingdoms and, whereas the five countries of Paragor had always remained in peace, they are now heading towards a ruthless and bitter war.
How are the Strangers suppose to save this beautiful word of humans, elves, gods, faeries, mermaids, unicorns and more if they have no idea how to do it and they are separated from each other?
Arrival was a pretty good book, all in all. I was promised a rich fantasy novel and I got one. The plot was unique and rich but there were some hiccups in the plot; the end was extremely messy, rushed, and made little sense. [SPOILER: How did the kids suddenly develop powers in the middle of the battle? /END SPOILER] The characters were also inconsistent at times which was annoying. The way the characters just accepted that they were now in a different universe and didn’t protest or care at all – with the exception of Anne – seemed so fake. The characters seemed like robots.
There was a character called Ria del Torr, who had the ability to sing her way out of trouble which made no sense whatsoever. I know this is fantasy, but how can Ria quell a battle with her voice?
This book had quite a few flaws, but had an interesting plot and likeable characters. All in all, however, this was a great read and I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.