There is an age old story – some call it a myth, some believe it to be history.
Nevertheless, the fact is that there exist three different species who look alike.
First are the underwater dwellers – the nymphs. The myth says that they are cursed never to find love. They are all females and mate with humans. The humans die immediately afterwards.
Second are the starlites. They live among the highest mountain peaks unreachable for humans. They can fly, and their hearts are cold as snow. They are cursed never to feel love or get loved by anyone.
The third is the human race. Humans can feel love, get love, cherish it and are hence considered worthy to rule them all.
The story revolves around a starlite soldier Sophia Antofurota who leaves the army to join the Guardians. The Guardians are a team of starlites who work for the humans.
Neal is a manipulative, scheming human prince who offered the job to Sophia only because he is in love with her.
Sophia gradually finds out that the royalty is hiding many secrets but never suspects that she can have any part to play in their schemes.
The Impossible in this love story is established quickly. There are three major races, nymphs, humans, and air spirits. There are a few interesting twists which make these relationships different. Nymphs kill male lovers. Humans can’t help themselves and fall prey. The Starlite (who can’t feel the emotion love) race runs interference – and this three-way dynamic plays a huge role in the story. In addition, we have medieval level combat wars between different groups.
Our female main character belongs to the Starlight race. She’s more at home on the battlefield than a ballroom. My interest is generally on how the non-human races are set up – and most of the differences are outlined in conversation. We learn that the Starlite tend to literally and figuratively look down upon the human race for being land bound and weak to a nymph’s charms. They’re also very directly spoken. There are a few nice touches to the world depth. A fun poem was inserted as part warning to young couples about being blinded by love.
In reading this, I didn’t find as much as I’d hoped for. The characters didn’t feel extremely deep and I couldn’t pin down if this was a writing style or something about their personalities. There is a lot of conversation which made it difficult to grasp some details but mannerisms were light. Like most slow romances, there is a low amount of action – almost to the point of having none at all outside the first burst during a battlefield.
As a reader, I found the presentation of race details to be worthwhile. This was my biggest draw and what I flipped pages to find out more of. There were a lot of little touches that really brought the big three to life. Two examples are what stolen hearts look like and the Starlites’ hair fixation. I will end on this note; this story is worthwhile to anyone looking for ideas on how to bring uniqueness to their setting. In that, Impossible to Love performed well.