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Pub Date 29 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2024


Twins. The tale of a villain and a hero.

Druids living secluded in the Astral Forest, Lucine and Solehan have been blessed by the stars since birth and are poised to become the protectors of the druidic clans during the Eclipse. But when a strange curse befalls the ceremony, the twins, sole survivors of the massacre, find themselves separated.

Taken away from his loved ones by an enigmatic and malevolent being, will Solehan succumb to the discovery of his deepest desires?

Left to herself and to the dangers of a world of which she knows nothing, and meeting fellow travelers with contrasting devotions and colorful personalities, will Lucine manage to uncover much more than she hoped for?

Between bonds of love and friendship, will this surprising group of adventurers succeed in finding Solehan before it's too late and in saving humanity?

Embark on an epic quest with ALARIS, the standalone and debut fantasy novel by Fanny Vergne, a celebrated artist in the video game industry.

This book offers familiar tropes like "found family" and "enemies to lovers," yet it diverges from mainstream expectations. It's tailored for readers who enjoy delving into nuanced characters and observing, among other things, the evolution of a villain.

While heavily inspired by Dungeons and Dragons, the world-building is entirely original, meticulously crafted with intricate details. Moreover, the magic systems, including one based on genre, offer a fresh and distinctive twist.

Twins. The tale of a villain and a hero.

Druids living secluded in the Astral Forest, Lucine and Solehan have been blessed by the stars since birth and are poised to become the protectors of the...

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I found this ARC from netGalley. 4 stars rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is one truly unique story. If you're looking for a mainstream read, this book may not be suitable, as it requires guidance for younger readers. Overall, the story is great, with its compelling plot and well-developed characters. The world-building is… immaculate.

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Here’s the “thing” I personally dislike: the development of Solehan and Valnard. I do read BL but “Stockholm” trope is kinda not my jam. There are readers who love it, but I have to skip that. I love the story, it was so compelling, but when the romance developed, I have to skip that part. But that actually served as part of the major character plot and it cannot be overlooked as it unravels their gradual descent into "madness" that consumed them. It would be my 5 stars read if Valnard didn’t do what he did in the beginning, without the torture could make this more palatable. Like Beauty and the Beast, kidnap? okay, but why can’t Valnard be like the Beast? Just my own opinion and my personal liking and dis-liking of certain tropes.

Who is this story for? Fantasy fans! The world of the druids and the intricately crafted magic system in the book is unparalleled. Occasionally, the descriptions are excessive, but they still captivate me and keep me turning the pages. If you love DnD, WoW, and all those Arcane stuff, you’ll enjoy this book.

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I loved the idea of this fantasy novel, it uses the heroes and villains perfectly in this universe. I thought it had a great world going on and that the magic element was something that I wanted and glad I was able to read this. Fanny Vergne has a great writing style and the overall feel worked with everything that I wanted. I loved the cover and so glad it worked with the story being told.

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"Fanny Vergne's 'Alaris' takes readers on a thrilling journey into a world of druids, curses, and unexpected twists. Lucine and Solehan, twins blessed by the stars, are destined to become protectors of the druidic clans during the Eclipse. However, when a sinister curse disrupts the ceremony, the twins are separated, each facing their own trials.

Solehan, taken by a malevolent being, delves into the depths of his desires, grappling with darkness and newfound powers. Meanwhile, Lucine navigates a world of danger and mystery, accompanied by a diverse group of travelers. As they search for Solehan, bonds of love and friendship are forged, and secrets are uncovered that challenge everything they thought they knew.

'Alaris' offers a fresh take on familiar tropes, blending elements of "found family" and "enemies to lovers" with a unique twist. Vergne's world-building is richly detailed, drawing readers into a realm filled with magic, intrigue, and unexpected alliances. Fans of Dungeons and Dragons will appreciate the intricate magic systems and originality of the setting.

I like the complexity of the characters in 'Alaris' especially the exploration of Solehan's journey from hero to villain. The nuanced relationships and unpredictable plot twists keep readers engaged from beginning to end, making this debut fantasy novel a captivating and immersive read.

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Thank you NetGally for this e-arc!

Alaris by Fanny Vergne is a fantasy novel that hits all the right notes. The interplay between heroes and villains in this universe is expertly done, adding depth to the story. The world-building is captivating, and the magic element adds an extra layer of excitement. Vergne's writing style is engaging, and the overall feel of the book perfectly matches the fantasy genre. Plus, the cover is absolutely stunning and complements the story beautifully. Overall, Alaris is a must-read for fantasy enthusiasts looking for an enchanting adventure.

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"Alaris" by Fanny Vergne is a riveting fantasy tale that follows the journey of twins, Lucine and Solehan, as they navigate a world filled with magic, danger, and intrigue.

Blessed by the stars and destined to become protectors of their druidic clans, the twins' lives take a dramatic turn when a curse disrupts their fate during the Eclipse ceremony. Separated and faced with unforeseen challenges, Lucine and Solehan embark on separate paths that lead them to discover their true selves and confront their deepest desires.

Vergne weaves a rich tapestry of adventure, friendship, and self-discovery as the twins encounter a diverse cast of characters and navigate the complexities of their world. From the enigmatic being that separates Solehan from his loved ones to the colourful personalities of their fellow travellers, each encounter brings new revelations and tests the bonds of love and loyalty.

As the stakes escalate and humanity hangs in the balance, Lucine and her companions must race against time to reunite with Solehan and thwart the forces threatening their world.

"Alaris" is a spellbinding tale that will captivate readers with its lush world-building, compelling characters, and gripping plot twists. Vergne delivers an unforgettable journey filled with magic and adventure that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next instalment in the series.

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To start, the cover is beautiful! This book had a super cool world, the magic was fun, and I loved the characters and the exploration of villains and heroes! It was a fun one.

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Without giving it away ,,

Fanasty , Romance

She gets saved by the one you’ll never think of against all odds just to find her brother whom she thinks maybe dead

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So I'll be really honest here, the cover attracted me, super shallow I know. But look how pretty!!!

Plus I was really intrigued when I read it was inspired by Dungeons and Dragons.

I really enjoyed the story, the characters, the world the author created, and the magic systems. But I felt like I was drowning in adjectives at times, moments that could be so simple and pure were bogged down by excessive description.

We had some great themes, such as prejudic, intolerance and fanaticsim which were addressed really well.

I did enjoy the book, but it took me a while to get through it as a result

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Alaris is a captivating fantasy adventure with expertly crafted characters and immersive world-building. The magical elements add an extra layer of excitement, with an engaging writing style that keeps readers hooked. A must-read for fantasy enthusiasts!

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If ur looking for a fantasy with the same vibes as dungeons and dragons and the legend of vox machina this is literally the perfect book to read. Filled with so much diversity, angst, romance and best part being the FOUND FAMILY. Found family in folklore/fantasies are always top tier. This book truly filled all my desires.

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I didn’t finish this but I enjoyed what I read, I made it to 30%. I like the story and the setting was great, I think it’s a really great concept. What I struggled with was the writing style, it was a bit dense and felt a little like reading a textbook. I can definitely see the D&D inspiration and I liked all the characters it was just a bit hard for me to read. I need to build up my brain power before trying again

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I received an ARC copy for an honest review of the book. I want to start by saying thank you to Fanny Vergne for allowing me to read the ARC copy!
This was the first book I’ve read from this author and I definitely enjoyed reading something a bit different to my normal go to’s!
- includes;
*slow burn enemies to lovers
*interesting magic system
*DnD style fantasy adventure
*multiple POV

This book was well written, if a bit formal at times. There’s great world building which really helps delve into the adventure!

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Alaris was such a fun read! It felt like I was reading a dungeons and dragons campaign with a diverse set of characters and multiple plot lines and points of view.

I loved every character for all kinds of different reasons, and I found myself rooting for each one. And the slow burn was slowwwww burning! It was so frustrating in the best way!

I just had a lot of fun with this one. There’s lots of representation, and just all around good vibes!

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Thanks NetGalley. This was an epic fantasy that was a definite page turner. The world building was great. The characters were diverse and captivating. The progression of the story was evenly paced. I really enjoyed this story.

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❀❀❀❀❀ 𝟱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝟱 𝗳𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝘀!
''𝑇𝘩𝑒 𝘩𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝘩𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑡𝘩𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑤𝘩𝑜 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑠𝘩 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑓𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑠,'' 𝐶𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑥𝑡𝑒 𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑒𝑑. ''𝑇𝘩𝑒𝑦 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑡𝘩𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝘩𝑜, 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑦, 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑢𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑒.''

𝐀𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐮𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝! ₊˚⊹♡ ˎˊ˗
It took me some time to get into, but once I was past a few chapters, and met the characters, the book had all my attention. The first reason is that the book gave me a DnD and Baldur's Gate feeling and that specific cosy feeling when reading a good fantasy story. We are introduced slowly to the characters of this book with each their own ''classes'' to say it like that. Lucine and Solehan, are both druids. Talyvien, a paladin, Shael, an assassin, and Calixte, a bard. Each has its unique backstories and personalities, fears, traumas, hardships, ambitions, choices, manners, and characteristics, and I found them all to be very likeable. Because we get to experience multiple POVs, those of the characters I just mentioned, I feel like we can get to know the characters well, and It makes it easier to connect with them. I was moved by their stories, and while reading, I was constantly hoping for the best for them. I began to care about them and just wanted them to be happy. I liked the character interactions as well. There were complicated brother-sister interactions, new friendships being made, new romances being explored, and It all just felt very found family to me. What I admired as well, is the fact that the relationships that were starting were complicated. It wasn't easy. And it showed. But the characters chose for each other even though that all, cared for each other, and I loved that so much. That their love was strong showed a lot.

''𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤, 𝑆𝘩𝑎𝑒𝑙, 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑡𝘩 𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝘩𝑜𝑤 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑣𝑢𝑙𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦. 𝑁𝑜𝑡 𝑡𝘩𝑒 𝑜𝑡𝘩𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑎𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑,'' 𝘩𝑒 𝑤𝘩𝑖𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝘩𝑒𝑟. ''𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑑𝑜𝑛'𝑡 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑡𝘩𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝘩𝑎𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓. 𝐼 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑦𝑜𝑢'𝑟𝑒 𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝘩𝑖𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝘩𝑒 𝑠𝘩𝑎𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑠, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝐼 𝘩𝑜𝑝𝑒 𝑡𝘩𝑎𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑦𝑜𝑢'𝑙𝑙 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑠𝑒𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑔𝘩 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑡𝑜 𝑡𝘩𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑔𝘩𝑡.'' - ''𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝐼'𝑚 𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑡𝘩𝑎𝑡 𝑡𝘩𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝘩𝑜 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡𝘩𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑔𝑛𝑖𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡,'' 𝘩𝑒 𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑒𝑑.

''𝑆𝘩𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑏𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝘩𝑒𝑟 𝑛𝑖𝑔𝘩𝑡𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑠.''

The characters had so much depth and character growth. They learned realistic lessons the reader can learn from as well.

''𝑂𝑓 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒! 𝐽𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑡𝘩𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑠𝑛'𝑡 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑓𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑜𝑟 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑠𝑢𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑒𝑥𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑠 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛'𝑡 𝑚𝑒𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑡'𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑡𝘩 𝑖𝑡!''

''𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤, 𝑖𝑡 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛'𝑡 𝘩𝑢𝑟𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑤𝘩𝑖𝑙𝑒!''

Then there was also the creative worldbuilding, which is immersive and slowly wraps around the reader and the characters. It didn't feel overwhelming or confusing in any way to me. And I found the magic system to be very interesting. The story itself truly felt like a journey. It progressed slowly, naturally, and I liked that. I was captivated by it and at some point, I couldn't stop reading, because I wanted to know the ending (speaking of the heart broke, I had to read two pages aloud to my boyfriend because I just had to share how sad yet beautiful It was, but the epilogue made me happy? Ahh, oh my goodness). And the author did a beautiful job of representing the LGBTQIA+ community. And, also, the writing style was so beautiful and enchanting! I sometimes read a sentence twice because It just beautifully sounded so good and fantasy-esque if that makes any sense :')

So, overall, I really really enjoyed Alaris and I don't have much negative to say about it. I think you'd like this if you'd like a thrilling fantasy adventure with a strong focus on character connections, diverse characters, and a unique magic system, and if you are eager to embark on an epic quest with a group of adventurers as they navigate love, friendship, and self-discovery, with beautiful writing style, multiple POV's and a DnD/Baldur's Gate feeling.

''𝐼𝑡'𝑠 𝑡𝘩𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑓𝑢𝑙 𝑠𝑐𝑎𝑟 𝐼 𝘩𝑎𝑣𝑒. 𝐼 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝘩𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑓𝑜𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑠𝘩 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑡.''

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It’s been a while since I read a YA fantasy, and Alaris was a fun return to the genre for me. There’s a great adventure in a rich world of magic, assassins, separated twins, a strong FMC, and queer / gender fluid characters in the found family group of adventurers

Intriguing that this book was originally written in French and then translated by the author herself. I was conscious of that in the first chapter, but forgot about it as I got into the story! I wonder if “aho” has a specific significance in French (Google suggests no, but it asked if I was looking for the Japanese meaning instead haha). I snickered every time the horse (called Aho) came up because I’m just that childish 😆

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Cute and extremely fun read. I needed this pick me up after several attempts at other books. Good Solid read.

I picked this up on Netgalley as READ NOW and I am glad I did,

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This book was such a fun read and a definite page turner. There was a diverse array of characters. The adventure throughout this book was enticing and I couldn’t wait to read on. Amazing world building. I loved this story.

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