Or so she thinks.
Swept into a web of lies, deceit and turmoil, Isra struggles to find a place for herself and Zaffirah, wondering if the strange creatures and visions she's seeing are indications of the madness that took her mother. But when Snatchers capture Zaffirah, Isra learns her amulet isn't so useless after all. Transported to Zarcane--the beastly garden where Adam and Eve were born--Isra comes face to face with her destiny. She's a Keeper, charged with protecting the borders of Zarcane and keeping the demon hordes lurking in the shadows from taking realms that are not their own. And she's not the only one; there's a second Keeper, a boy whose identity hasn't been revealed.
Now, in order to save her sister and fulfill her family's legacy as Keeper of the Amulet, she has to find the second Keeper and close the borders. Surrounded by betrayal, trapped between warring factions of angels, and desperate to save the only family she has left, Isra must decide:
Who can she trust when nothing is what it seems?
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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite The Keepers by Anoosha Lalani is a fantastical tale set in the mythological land of Adam and Eve's birth. Isra is hungry and homeless and, after the death of her parents, in charge of her sister. She knows that there is something unique about herself, the fact that she can talk to and see foreign, mythical creatures for one, but she has no idea if those visions are real or a kind of mental issue. She also doesn't understand how it ties in with the amulet she was left, the last and only reminder of her parents. What Isra doesn't understand is that her family has a legacy as the Keeper of the Amulet, a magical necklace that helps the keepers protect the borders of Zarcane, Adam and Eve's birthplace. Demons threaten the beautiful sanctuary and it is Isra's job to track down the second keeper and, with his help, close Zarcane's borders to demons and keep it safe once and for all. I really liked the sense of culture within this story and I think other readers will appreciate the names, words and language that pepper this story in such a delightful way. I enjoyed the mythological creatures and the magical element that those invisible and unique creatures added to the story. Fans of fantasy will love these magical elements as well as the beautiful descriptions of the fantastical new worlds we are transported to with Isra and her sister.
I think the story started off good, with a pivotal event that left you intrigued. One that would affect the main character, Isra, in a huge way. During the start, there was a moment of flashbacks which I thought was a little confusing. I couldn't help but feel like that part was a little more awkward than I would have liked but it quickly smoothed out in the end since there were no more flashbacks after that. The pacing is decent and leaves you with cliffhangers at the end of most of the chapters, especially at the end which was suspenseful. The writing was ok but it was simple. It lacked the lyrical prose I've been used to reading lately. I felt like it could have been a little more polished but seeing as it is the author's debut YA novel and Ms. Lalani is still in high school, I'm willing to overlook it. I have seen better execution of stories though, but nothing a little more work won't solve. One of the things I loved about this book was that it took place in Pakistan! As a person who would love to travel but does not enjoy the hassles, I adored being able to see what it was like to be in Pakistan without all the travel and in the comfort of my own home. It was definitely interesting seeing how the author viewed her birth home. In the novel, the land, Zarcane, was lovely to read about, it definitely is a place of fantasy and one I'd love to live if it were possible. I also loved the character's names! They were fun and exotic. Similar to the types of names I'd choose for my characters, kids, or pets. However, I don't feel there was much character growth in Isra. I feel there is more growth with Farid who was a secondary character. Those of you who read my reviews know how much I like to see growth in my characters. Unfortunately, it was lacking in Isra and a majority of the characters. I hope and feel the author will be able to learn and grow into a more adept storyteller because her ideas and concepts are wonderful. The author has the experience many do not have when it comes to diversity which is definitely something we need more of in this world. I just believe she needs a little more editing and guidance before she could reach her full potential. Overall, the plot and characters were simple and it was a quick read. I liked how the story took place in an uncommon location in fiction but it was lackluster in its execution. If you like angels/demons, portal stories, and the idea of chosen ones then you'll enjoy this book! 3 out of 5 rating for me! (An ARC was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)