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Surrounded by a poisonous lake and living with a bloodthirsty forest, the residents of Endla will do anything to protect their island from outsiders including killing them. Anyone who doesn’t possess Endlan magic is banished from the island. Leelo’s brother is about to meet that fate and although it’s the way things have always been done, Leelo finds it difficult to accept. When Leelo discovers an outsider about to drown in the lake, she has to make a choice. Will she stay true to her community and walk away to let them die, or will she take a chance that not every outsider brings harm and help the person?

THE POISON SEASON was an engrossing fantasy read. I felt immersed in the land of Endla, traveling along with Leelo and the other characters thanks to the wonderful worldbuilding. The characters were fantastic and well developed. For being in a fantasy world and having non-human characteristics, they felt very real – their actions, conversations, thoughts. There is some romance in the book along with quite a few dark but thought-provoking scenes. I enjoyed the progression of the plot and that it gave me things to ponder along the way. The ending wraps the story up satisfactorily.

I really enjoyed THE POISON SEASON and would recommend it to fantasy fans. This is the first book I have read by this author and I will be looking into her other works.