For avid student Olivia Murdoch, life on the Estilorian plane is filled with wondrous adventure. Every lesson about her new existence is both exciting and challenging. Along with her sisters, she embraces this non-human half of herself.
Helping with her lessons is her Gloresti, James. Teacher, scholar and distractingly attractive, James takes on his roles of Olivia’s guide and protector with equal dedication. As he learns the human emotions that Estilorians no longer experience, he starts to see Olivia as much more than just an assigned pairing.
The physically weakest of her sisters, Olivia trains hard to learn things that no typical human classroom can impart. When they travel to “Central,” the Estilorian base, she comes to understand why she must become strong enough to defend herself. She and her sisters are targets.
Not all Estilorians welcome them. In fact, more than one would see them dead.
Central is book two of the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy. This book continues to show us how the three daughters of Saraqael learn to adapt themselves into the world of the Estilorians, with an emphasis focusing on what’s happening with Olivia, the second daughter of Saraqael.
Olivia enjoys spending time in nature. Although she is physically the weakest among the sisters, she is diligent and she always rises up to the challenges that she has to face. What I love about Olivia is her graceful and quiet nature. She is never loud and she often looks for ways to help her improve on what she sees as her weaknesses.
Because the daughters are half-humans, each of them is being paired with a Gloresti, a defender that helps to serve as a protector and guide. James is the assigned protector for Olivia. He is humble and patient, and he understands that he can learn a lot from watching and listening to the daughters. Although he doesn’t understand most human emotions, he is not afraid to ask questions and he is perceptive to observe and learn. James is a very likable character. I find him strong and swoon-worthy. How can you not like a guy who is unafraid to learn how to love, to feel emotional vulnerability, and to openly express truth in pure honesty and humility?
I really enjoy the demonstration of virtues and bravery from these amazing characters.
With the dark, evil class of Estilorians (the Mercesti) trying to do life-threatening things to the daughters, the peace of the Estilorian world is disrupted. Although it is awfully sad to watch a few Estilorians struggle and fail to uphold their virtues, I like how the daughters help to unite most classes of the Estilorians. It is very satisfying to see the Estilorians come to work together to temporarily disarm and eliminate the threats from the Mercesti.
I personally enjoy reading this book more than book one.
Central helps me see how the lack of emotional understanding can ruin a society and why it is healthy for sentient beings to feel the full spectrum of emotions. I’m glad I picked up on reading this series and I am curious to find out how the trilogy may conclude in the next book.