Book Review: First Lessons by Lina J. Potter

 

Publishing Date: April 2018

Publisher: Lithunter

ISBN: 9781980565512

Genre: SciFi/Fantasy

Rating: 3.5/5

Publisher’s Description: A brilliant Medical school graduate Aliya, a sporty and active girl, dies suddenly in a car crash… only to find herself reborn in a completely different body, in the middle of a dilapidated castle during Medieval times. While confused and dismayed, Aliya realizes she has been given another chance at life — so she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work on restoring her new castle and her new life.

Review: This story line has been done before….a lot. I remember reading an old scifi novel where an engineer ended up in Poland prior to WWII and reshaped that countries destiny. Since then, there have been many a spin-off of the parallel world/time travel variety. So what sets this novel apart from the rest that have gone before? Read on!

The rendering of the period is just what you would expect. Dirty, muddy, stinky and gross. Hygiene was considered unholy and the author captures this slice of life to perfection. Rotten teeth round out the players in this medieval tale. Women are considered beneath consideration unless born to nobility, and even then, lack the pro-active ability that men share.

Reviews were up and down on this novel with “Jumpy narrative” and “Incomplete story” leading the charge. I agree that the story line sometimes shifted a bit and I didn’t have a problem with the serialized aspect as the novel was lengthy enough.  What kind of sucked was the drawn out story line in places where it did not need to be. For instance ruminating over and over what you need to do in repetitive fashion and belaboring scenes until they are beaten to death, makes for more filler than actual story.

Despite some much needed editing, I liked this novel as the author crafts a main character that you constantly pull for. There are many collisions in Aliya’s future with not only her husband but the nobility at large. This dark cloud persists in driving the reader to root for her successes before the ax falls.

Get it and see where it goes if so inclined to serialized content.

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