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In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver is faced with 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, In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver is faced with 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 confront their deepest fears and find hope in the darkest of places. Esme’s Gift, the second instalment in the Esme trilogy, is an enthralling fantasy adventure for readers 12 years and over.


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In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver is faced with 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, In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver is faced with 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 confront their deepest fears and find hope in the darkest of places. Esme’s Gift, the second instalment in the Esme trilogy, is an enthralling fantasy adventure for readers 12 years and over.

30 review for Esme's Gift

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Fifteen-year-old Esme Silver’s shock was great when she saw the condition her beloved father was in. She also felt the menace and vindictiveness of her father’s new wife and her sister. Esme had been away for some time – now she knew her father didn’t believe her, and she was in danger of being institutionalized if she remained, so with a heavy heart she returned to the magical world she’d just arrived from – Aeolia. Her good friends, Daniel and Lillian helped Esme enroll in her new school, which Fifteen-year-old Esme Silver’s shock was great when she saw the condition her beloved father was in. She also felt the menace and vindictiveness of her father’s new wife and her sister. Esme had been away for some time – now she knew her father didn’t believe her, and she was in danger of being institutionalized if she remained, so with a heavy heart she returned to the magical world she’d just arrived from – Aeolia. Her good friends, Daniel and Lillian helped Esme enroll in her new school, which was set on the canals, and although it was school, she enjoyed most of her subjects. Learning to master her Gift with Augustine was special and it wasn’t long before she was able to call it up at will. Her special Gift of travelling back to the past meant she could search for the secrets which could help bring her mother out of the coma she’d been in for a long time. But there was danger lurking. Would Esme find what she needed before it was too late? Esme’s Gift is the 2nd in the Esme Trilogy by Aussie author Elizabeth Foster and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A follow on from Esme's Wish, it continues in Esperance, in the magical world of Aeolia. The intelligence of the dragons; the various Gifts of all the characters (fascinating) and the book’s cover with Kendra the dragon and Esme on the edge of Mt Asha is beautifully and imaginatively done. Highly recommended. With thanks to the author for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Athena (OneReadingNurse)

    Esme's Gift was the perfect followup to the first novel! I had to go back and skim to remember what happened but book 2 also summarized a tiny bit to help us along. There was so much wonderful magic in this book. My favorites were all the ghosts, the baby dragon sneezing sparks, Kendra, and the reunion at the end. It was so fast paced. I almost wonder if there will be a book 3, I wonder what happened to Seth. I just love the characters and the writing style and the editing, it's a perfect middle Esme's Gift was the perfect followup to the first novel! I had to go back and skim to remember what happened but book 2 also summarized a tiny bit to help us along. There was so much wonderful magic in this book. My favorites were all the ghosts, the baby dragon sneezing sparks, Kendra, and the reunion at the end. It was so fast paced. I almost wonder if there will be a book 3, I wonder what happened to Seth. I just love the characters and the writing style and the editing, it's a perfect middle grade fantasy book that 100% makes my clean read list!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    4.5 stars Although this is a fantasy book with dragons and other fantastical creatures/monsters, the focus of this story is more on Esme and her search for the ingredients fo a possible cure for her mother. And it does not disappoint in that respect. After the restoration of the pearl to the city (first book), Esme's friends and classmates start to discover their gifts, which all play different roles in this episode. We also find out more about Esme's Gift (which is the same as her mother's) and 4.5 stars Although this is a fantasy book with dragons and other fantastical creatures/monsters, the focus of this story is more on Esme and her search for the ingredients fo a possible cure for her mother. And it does not disappoint in that respect. After the restoration of the pearl to the city (first book), Esme's friends and classmates start to discover their gifts, which all play different roles in this episode. We also find out more about Esme's Gift (which is the same as her mother's) and what Mare may have done when he messed with their gift. Basically, she learns from Augustine how to use her gift and it allows them to figure out the recipe and find the ingredients for the elixir. She searches these out with the help of her friends and at the same time finds out more important things about Aeolia's past. One of my favorite scenes was with Kendra and Argus (no spoilers). That whole scene was wonderfully written full of emotion in the right places. The only reason this is not fully 5 stars for me is that I wanted a little bit more of Daniel, and I also wanted to find out how the history professor was going to react to her paper. And of course, I want to know how the election turns out, but of course I'm sure that's being saved for the 3rd book. But I loved this book and ended up reading it in one sitting. I can't wait for the next one! Special thanks to #ElizabethFoster, #BookSirens and #OdysseyBooks for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dany

    Esme's Gift continues Esme's wish after she decides to resurface to her village and ask her father to accompany her to Aolia. As Esme struggles through her relationship with her father , school and getting remedy for her mom , Esme's Gift continues to shine the importance of friendship. I read Esme's wish through Booksirens because it promised dragons , Atlantis-like-cities , mermaids , sirens + worldbuilding with unique abilities. I dove into the book without much expectations and except for a Esme's Gift continues Esme's wish after she decides to resurface to her village and ask her father to accompany her to Aolia. As Esme struggles through her relationship with her father , school and getting remedy for her mom , Esme's Gift continues to shine the importance of friendship. I read Esme's wish through Booksirens because it promised dragons , Atlantis-like-cities , mermaids , sirens + worldbuilding with unique abilities. I dove into the book without much expectations and except for a few predictable knots , Esme's wish did manage to satisfy me. Let's talk characters , Esme , our protagonist with her ability to see through memories just by getting in contact with water , has a lot of responsibilities including her mother's life on stake. Daniel , our lovely dragon rider , didn't really have as much space as Esme's wish . So not much. Seth , the mysterious character who has gotta get introduced in the book to confuse Esme , has played his stereotype without much effort. Lillian , has gone through a lot of changes in this book and remains my favorite character. Augustine and the ghost remain as vivid as possible with a lot more to devote to the plot . And then comes , the plot This is where I got disappointed. After Esme's wish , I assumed this would be a lengthy series with a lot more detailed world building. But the plot didn't venture into the world building or the school or anything.. really. This book is just about saving Ariana and searching for clues. A . Lot. The writing was pretty much the same with Esme's wish , except for some stereotypical & clique characters . Esme's wish is a lot more fun than Esme's gift. But as a sequel to an amazing book , it doesn't disappoint. I thank Booksirens for my ARC . I've left this review voluntarily and all opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Here's an excerpt from a review by Readers' Favorite. Esme's Gift explores a grittier, darker, and at times more beautiful Aeolia. Elizabeth Foster's strong world-building cultivates a story that's even more mysterious and layered than Esme's first swim into Aeolia. While a thriller element is woven into the fantasy plot in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat at times, where the book really stands out is in the characters. Upping the action a bit from the first book, Esme, Daniel, and Here's an excerpt from a review by Readers' Favorite. Esme's Gift explores a grittier, darker, and at times more beautiful Aeolia. Elizabeth Foster's strong world-building cultivates a story that's even more mysterious and layered than Esme's first swim into Aeolia. While a thriller element is woven into the fantasy plot in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat at times, where the book really stands out is in the characters. Upping the action a bit from the first book, Esme, Daniel, and Lillian take on a lot of personal growth tasks suitable to their ages, from majestic dragons to terrifying oracles, medical secrets, Aeolia's violent history--and the ghosts who tell it--and the sometimes accident-prone development of their own special Gifts. Esme's Gift captures the angst, growing pains, and courage of adolescents while threading in some gentle moments of true friendship and affection.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Nolan

    From the first page I fell back into the wonderful world of Aeolia and was eagerly watching on as Esme fought to save her mother. The tiny details added depth to the story, like a school library on the pier that used old boats as shelves and the Winter Parade that helped bring the water city of Esperance to life in full technicolour. Filled with well rounded characters, it drew me in and left me wanting more. I loved Esme and her determination to do whatever it took to save her mother from a From the first page I fell back into the wonderful world of Aeolia and was eagerly watching on as Esme fought to save her mother. The tiny details added depth to the story, like a school library on the pier that used old boats as shelves and the Winter Parade that helped bring the water city of Esperance to life in full technicolour. Filled with well rounded characters, it drew me in and left me wanting more. I loved Esme and her determination to do whatever it took to save her mother from a Gift that had gone horribly wrong, seeking to master her own magic and uncover the truth. As the clues were unravelled and the danger increased, it was great to see Esme and her loyal friends, Lillian and Daniel, rising up to the challenges they faced. This is a story that would appeal to any fantasy loving teen as well as adult readers as its whimsical and enchanting world building is sure to delight. There is plenty of action for the adventure seeker, and even a touch of humour and romance to even things out. It really does have a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in a story that kept me turning the pages and wondering what was going to happen next for Esme and her family and friends. I will be eagerly waiting for the next book so I can return to Aeolia once more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    From dragons diving into volcaneos, Esme and her friends portalling out of art class and deep under water adventures, Esme’s gift is quite simply a thrilling and exciting read. I especially loved the magical venetian atmosphere of Esperance, which is expressed via vivid descriptions sprinkled throughout the story. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys being taken away to a beautifully creative fantasy world coupled with an equally as creative magic system all backed up by a fascinating gang of From dragons diving into volcaneos, Esme and her friends portalling out of art class and deep under water adventures, Esme’s gift is quite simply a thrilling and exciting read. I especially loved the magical venetian atmosphere of Esperance, which is expressed via vivid descriptions sprinkled throughout the story. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys being taken away to a beautifully creative fantasy world coupled with an equally as creative magic system all backed up by a fascinating gang of characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Taylor

    I was super fortunate to be able to read an advanced reader copy for the second book in this series. Esme's Gift took me for an absolutely amazing ride! I was so enthralled with the book, that on my way home from work, I actually missed my train stop! The world and character development is so well balanced and you are getting the full picture throughout! Even though this is a fantasy, the reactions are so realistic and well thought out! I highly recommend this series! Well done!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julian Barr

    I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book and couldn't put it down! It takes everything that was great about book 1 and makes it better. With a well developed whimisical world and heroes you can cheer for, this series has more than earned its place alongside Nevermoor.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Flusteredduck

    received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers Group. This book continues the adventures of Esme Silver. In the first book (Esme's Wish), Esme was in search of her missing mother and, following in her footsteps, found a portal to a magical world where, after a series of adventures (read the first book - it's good!), she found her mother and brought her back to be healed in the main city of the magical world. The second book starts with Esme going back to her original (?real) world to received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers Group. This book continues the adventures of Esme Silver. In the first book (Esme's Wish), Esme was in search of her missing mother and, following in her footsteps, found a portal to a magical world where, after a series of adventures (read the first book - it's good!), she found her mother and brought her back to be healed in the main city of the magical world. The second book starts with Esme going back to her original (?real) world to tell her father that her mother was alive and hopefully bring him back. Things don't work out as she had hoped and she returns to the magical world without him. There, she starts a new school (described in enough detail to be enjoyable but not for long enough to make the story devolve into a school story). Soon, however, she (and her two loyal friends as well as new friends/enemies) are in search of a cure for Esme's mother who has never emerged from her coma state. Adventures then abound including a couple of plot twists deliciously hinted at then brought out in full at just the right moment. The second book in a trilogy is often the last satisfactory as it lacks the starry excitement of the beginning and the usually thrilling conclusion of the ending and has to focus on development. Elizabeth Foster has managed to develop her story while also providing a story that has the ability to stand alone on its merits. I think it would help to have read the first book in the trilogy before reading this one but I suspect this book could be read in isolation. Elizabeth Foster, like her characters, has grown as a writer and this novel reads fluently and smoothly. The story is beautifully paced and kept in motion with no flat spots and full of artfully placed details that produce plenty of "ah-ha!" moments at later points in the story. Both worlds are well developed and made realistic with the second magical world being evocatively and lyrically described. One thing I really liked was the development of the central villain with details of his back story emerging with unexpected links emerging between him and lesser villains. Secondary minor characters are also developed and Esme's relationships with her parents are also shown to change and grow with her own development. In other words, to summarise, I really enjoyed this sequel and am already looking forward to the third book in the trilogy and am happily guessing (which I will keep to myself) at how the overarching story will play out. I hope other readers take the time to read this book (and the first one) and enjoy the plunge into a lovingly portrayed world and society.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Renee Mihulka

    In this exciting sequel to Esme's Wish, Esme decides to return to Aeolia and leave her Dad to his fate. As she tries to fit into Aeolian life by going to school and mastering her own Gift she also sets off on a quest to find ingredients for an elixir that will help her mother Ariane wake from the trance she has fallen into. Her trusted friends Lillian and Daniel are, as always, beside her but we also meet some new friends with some pretty cool Gifts! I really enjoyed this sequel, the story was In this exciting sequel to Esme's Wish, Esme decides to return to Aeolia and leave her Dad to his fate. As she tries to fit into Aeolian life by going to school and mastering her own Gift she also sets off on a quest to find ingredients for an elixir that will help her mother Ariane wake from the trance she has fallen into. Her trusted friends Lillian and Daniel are, as always, beside her but we also meet some new friends with some pretty cool Gifts! I really enjoyed this sequel, the story was well-paced and interesting and I am totally in love with Esperance and the fantasy world or Aeolia that Elizabeth Foster has brought to life. For tweens and teens (and even adults!) that love fantasy and adventure this trilogy ticks all the boxes and more.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    There is no sexual content, no cursing, and no violence, so I would say this book would be good for readers aged 14+. This author brings Esperance to life with her worldbuilding, but it's not so much that I get bored. This story is full of heros who quickly become friends. It's got that one person who you're not sure which side he's on, the one person you'll love to hate (for many resons). There is action, adventure, many different beasties. Our heros have amazing and unusual gifts. I could go on There is no sexual content, no cursing, and no violence, so I would say this book would be good for readers aged 14+. This author brings Esperance to life with her worldbuilding, but it's not so much that I get bored. This story is full of heros who quickly become friends. It's got that one person who you're not sure which side he's on, the one person you'll love to hate (for many resons). There is action, adventure, many different beasties. Our heros have amazing and unusual gifts. I could go on and on about this story, but you really should it (after you've read book 1). RECOMMENDED

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ilena Holder

    Elizabeth Foster is such a talented writer! I received this as an ARC and read it in one afternoon with a cup of tea. I got caught up in the world building and felt everything was well put together. I am a fan of YA works and always glad to see an author put something out that will be read by all age groups.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sorcha

    Esme’s Gift is much more action packed than its successor, Esme’s Wish, but still doesn’t lose the enchanting feel. Fans of Harry Potter will love this book for its similar themes. More of the magical city of Esperance is described in detail and just makes you yearn to live there! 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! I received an ARC from the author

  15. 4 out of 5

    SD Jericho

    There was something very special about reading Esme’s Gift over the holidays – and it just felt right. Maybe it’s because of the magic and wonder of the book and the time of year. Not to say that things are perfectly harmonious in the book… but things aren’t always perfectly harmonious over the holidays either, are they? I had the pleasure of reading Esme’s Gift with my daughter, who is now on the verge of turning 13. We read Esme’s Wish together and have waited with great anticipation for this There was something very special about reading Esme’s Gift over the holidays – and it just felt right. Maybe it’s because of the magic and wonder of the book and the time of year. Not to say that things are perfectly harmonious in the book… but things aren’t always perfectly harmonious over the holidays either, are they? I had the pleasure of reading Esme’s Gift with my daughter, who is now on the verge of turning 13. We read Esme’s Wish together and have waited with great anticipation for this second book in the series. I will admit that Esme’s Gift was a bit harder to really get into – it starts off great, but this book seems to have a more complicated tone – even the vocabulary which was just challenging enough in the first book, is overly complex in this one and doesn’t do a lot to ease me, as a reader, as well as my daughter, into the story. If anything, every now and then we were jarred out of the story to look something up and to rework a description by painting a picture of it ourselves. I love a good description, but I do feel that when the language used is overly convoluted unnecessarily… ornate… then it takes away from the picture you create in your mind as you read. We still do not like Esme’s dad. He never apologized and he just basically abandoned his daughter and wallowed in his weakness. He is not Esme-worthy. He is Penny-lope (seemingly, a direct relation to Pennywise) and Mavis -worthy. Although, as my daughter pointed out, we got to see a part of Mavis’ history that gave one some empathy for her. The relationships between Esme and her friends are still one of our favourite parts. Lillian and Daniel are wonderful and such a great balance to Esme as they all are for each other. They have created such a family between them and the support and care that they have for each other is so beautiful. We see some new characters in this book, one of which is the mysterious Seth – we thought there might be an opportunity and thusly `shipped them “Sethme” but we have no idea if the same should be done for other individuals in the book. You’ll have to read the book yourself to see if anything came from our shippiness. We have some definite ideas on how this part should go… As it stands, the ‘shipping’ isn’t the most important part. Or even the best part. It’s such a holistic and well-developed story that there are so many great aspects to this book and the story as a whole! Mysteries are solved and new ones are discovered, Dragons abound, and Gifts pop out all over the place causing their fair share of mischief and mayhem! We love how varied and interesting these Gifts are and we can’t really settle for choosing just one! This book was a wonderful adventure and we cannot wait for the next installment in the series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First impressions: (I’ll update this again later; it’s so hard to write this one with minimal spoilers) - awesome and good job! - the events that took place in order to bring Esme back to Aeolia was really well thought-out. The return to Aeolia was quick and not overly done. I thought that I had to endure chapters before reading about her next adventures. - I also like how the backstory for Penelope’s evilness was created to prepare for Aaron’s arrival. - And yessssssss! Lillian gets her gift First impressions: (I’ll update this again later; it’s so hard to write this one with minimal spoilers) - awesome and good job! - the events that took place in order to bring Esme back to Aeolia was really well thought-out. The return to Aeolia was quick and not overly done. I thought that I had to endure chapters before reading about her next adventures. - I also like how the backstory for Penelope’s evilness was created to prepare for Aaron’s arrival. - And yessssssss! Lillian gets her gift finally!!!! I’m so glad everyone got what they wanted. - Very happy with the plot twists in this sequel; I wonder what Ariane did to deserve such devotedness and loyalty from the sea eagle. - And I agree with the reviewer who pointed out that this fantasy world shares similar vibes to the Harry Potter series: family gold upon arrival in unknown place, able to make the correct friends who will be able to assist at the right moments (not sure how to write this without it sounding wrong, I’m not saying that Esme makes use of her friends). Somehow I can also feel that this book share similar vibes to The Mortal Instruments series. - there’s so much unexpected moments in this book, I felt that the author was trying to hint that Esme had telepathy in the first book and this feeling got more pronounced while I was reading this book, but I’m not entirely sure if I was thinking too much. - Bets on Seth being a good person in the end! - I find the descriptions of Aaron in Aeolia a little awkward but I can’t place it exactly. - And why do I feel like there some bad news coming about Ariane’s health? P.S. please forgive my messy thoughts Just so you know, I received a copy of this book for free and I was not obliged to write this review. I am happy to do so as I really like this book. I hope that you will enjoy the book as much as I did. Cheers!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeane Grimbeek

    After failing to convince her father to return with her back to Aeolia (and her comatose mother) and deemed unsound by him and new wife Penelope (with her bad intentions), Esme flees back to Aeolia and Esperance. Reunited with best friends Daniel and Lillian, she decides to stay in Esperance until her mother is awakened from her magical coma (caused by her own Gift of being able to relive the past through water). After Esme’s Wish, I didn’t even waste a second in diving back into the world of After failing to convince her father to return with her back to Aeolia (and her comatose mother) and deemed unsound by him and new wife Penelope (with her bad intentions), Esme flees back to Aeolia and Esperance. Reunited with best friends Daniel and Lillian, she decides to stay in Esperance until her mother is awakened from her magical coma (caused by her own Gift of being able to relive the past through water). After Esme’s Wish, I didn’t even waste a second in diving back into the world of Aeolia and Esperance along with Esme. And it didn’t disappoint. Where Esme’s Wish was a toe dipped into the water, Esme’s Gift was the full dive into it. Aeolia and the city of Esperance never seemed more real (like with other beloved fantasy worlds) with Foster adding even more depth to this world with even more history, lore, politics, Gifts (absolutely loved the diversity) and information about magical beings and creatures (again : dragons!). The characters and story gains depth as well with the main characters becoming even more lovable as their journey continues through the story with Esme’s quest of reuniting with her mother by awakening her from her coma to learning to master her Gift (same as her mother’s) through her internship at the Anais Clinic to her unique school going experience at Pierpoint. If you absolutely fell in love with Esme’s journey along with Aeolia and Esperance and want to explore this fantastical world even more, I highly recommend picking up this book. You don’t want to miss more of Esme’s adventures in Esperance. I received an ARC for free courtesy of the author and I am leaving this honest review of my will.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Bell

    Aha! Another fabulous story. Esme’s Gift is Book Two in the Esme Trilogy and just as fabulous as the first. I’ve recently found this series and it is so much fun. A joy to read. Esme is a young girl torn between two worlds. Her mother and the magical world of Aeolia, and her father back in “our world” and Esme’s home. Esme is also learning about her Gift… the ability to “see” the memory of water (which is a unique and clever use of magic in a series). This is a terrific book two that continues Aha! Another fabulous story. Esme’s Gift is Book Two in the Esme Trilogy and just as fabulous as the first. I’ve recently found this series and it is so much fun. A joy to read. Esme is a young girl torn between two worlds. Her mother and the magical world of Aeolia, and her father back in “our world” and Esme’s home. Esme is also learning about her Gift… the ability to “see” the memory of water (which is a unique and clever use of magic in a series). This is a terrific book two that continues the drama and excitement of book one with high stakes and gripping emotional choices. I love the worldbuilding of this series. The magic, dragons, gifts and mysteries of Aeolia are spectacular, so detailed and imaginative. Esme’s relationships with her friends are realistic and genuine. Oh and the baby dragon? Awwwwwwwww! I keep wondering, what gift would I want? It is a heartfelt series and I love it. Perfectly pitched at MG 12 yrs and over.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Esme's Gift is a worthy follow up to Esme's Wish. The additional world building and character development that come with book 2 are well-done. This story didn't feel as action-y as the first, but it was just as interesting. The addition of new teen side characters is welcome, as in the first book it sometimes felt like Esme, Daniel, and Lillian were the only kids in Esperance. Out of all these things, though, my favorite part is the further understanding that Esme develops about her powers. She Esme's Gift is a worthy follow up to Esme's Wish. The additional world building and character development that come with book 2 are well-done. This story didn't feel as action-y as the first, but it was just as interesting. The addition of new teen side characters is welcome, as in the first book it sometimes felt like Esme, Daniel, and Lillian were the only kids in Esperance. Out of all these things, though, my favorite part is the further understanding that Esme develops about her powers. She learns how to use her ability to get the answers she needs, and, it may just be me, but it seems that maybe she has additional powers that she isn't completely aware of yet. I look forward to reading the final book in this trilogy. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    I really enjoyed Esme’s Wish, so I was excited to get my hands on an ARC of Esme’s Gift. I was not disappointed. This book has all the elements I loved from the first one: the magic, the dragons, the friendship, the complex alternative world. Added to that is a whole new adventure: trying to wake up Esme’s mum. The characters are (again) fully believable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes magic, great writing and dragons. I was given a free copy of this book. My opinions are my I really enjoyed Esme’s Wish, so I was excited to get my hands on an ARC of Esme’s Gift. I was not disappointed. This book has all the elements I loved from the first one: the magic, the dragons, the friendship, the complex alternative world. Added to that is a whole new adventure: trying to wake up Esme’s mum. The characters are (again) fully believable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes magic, great writing and dragons. I was given a free copy of this book. My opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Charvi

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Tien

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  24. 4 out of 5

    R.J. Sorrento

    Esme’s Gift is an exciting sequel from Elizabeth Foster. We delve deeper into Aeolia’s history (including misinformation about “otherworlders”) and join Esme, Daniel, and Lillian on a mission to save Ariane (Esme’s mother). Book two focuses on Esme appealing to her father to join her in Aeolia to help save her mother. Her father refuses, however, still recovering from Esme’s recent disappearance, fearing he lost her at sea - the way he “lost” Ariane. So she returns alone but is quickly joined by Esme’s Gift is an exciting sequel from Elizabeth Foster. We delve deeper into Aeolia’s history (including misinformation about “otherworlders”) and join Esme, Daniel, and Lillian on a mission to save Ariane (Esme’s mother). Book two focuses on Esme appealing to her father to join her in Aeolia to help save her mother. Her father refuses, however, still recovering from Esme’s recent disappearance, fearing he lost her at sea - the way he “lost” Ariane. So she returns alone but is quickly joined by Daniel and Lillian. The world-building is solid in the sequel, and I was happy to learn more about the dragons. The sequence with Kendra was one of my favorites. I also enjoyed the scenes of students using (and sometimes failing with) their Gifts.. To read more visit my blog: https://www.rjsorrento.com/blog//book... If you enjoy YA fantasy series, Esme’s Gift is a wonderful sequel that values friendship, truth, and love. (Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Foster

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Khan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Caryssa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kaye K

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

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