I have a very special review lined up for today! I am so excited to share my thoughts on A Medieval Tale: First Lessons. It’s the first in a series of books and the series has got off to an amazing start.

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I will be sharing my thoughts on the later books in the series so if you like the sound of this one then please check back for those reviews too. I will be keeping all my reviews as spoiler free as I can.

Title: A Medieval Tale: First Lessons

Author: Lina J. Potter

Synopsis: A brilliant Medical school graduate Aliya, a sporty and active girl, dies suddenly in a car crash… only to find herself reborn in a completely different body, in the middle of a dilapidated castle during Medieval times. While confused and dismayed, Aliya realizes she has been given another chance at life — so she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work on restoring her new castle and her new life. 

Aliya has an unusual and difficult goal: reborn as Countess Lilian; she must learn to adjust to an unfamiliar world while trying to introduce the daily conveniences from her familiar modern world. She needs to take care of the collapsing estate of Irton and its inhabitants while living in the past as a disenfranchised woman. Regular robbers and slave-holders attacks won’t let her live in peace, killers and spies are just waiting for her to show a bit of weakness so that they can strike. On the horizon, there is a prospect of meeting with her perpetually absent husband, whom by the way, after her rebirth as Countess Lilian, Aliya has never even seen.

“First Lessons” is the opening book of the series “Medieval Tale” by Lina J. Potter. The heroine finds herself only at the beginning of a thorny path to progress and happiness. She makes her first steps, building a defense for herself, her new friends, and her rapidly developing business empire — and this is no piece of cake for sure. Despite everything, she has to still go up against the unprogressive and sexist society of the Medieval Ages, with only her knowledge, science, experience, and strong will on her side. Still, Lilian has to act carefully in order not to draw too much attention to her innovations — she knows she could be praised for her genius, or conversely, accused of witchcraft. 

Aliya-turned-Countess Lilian gets acquainted and communicates easily with everyone from noble people, peasants, artisans, notorious pirates, proud traders of the East, and even with members of the royal family… but will she be able to bring peace to her own family?

Her plan is to make the best of her unusual circumstances to make the world better. She is not a girl in trouble, waiting for a prince in shining armor — she strives to achieve everything herself. 
Will Lilian forge her own “happy-ever-after?” And if so, at what cost?

Pages: 255

Categories: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Timetravel

Publication Date: 15th April 2018

Rating: 4 stars

Review: So, as you can tell from the synopsis the basis for First Lessons is a really unique idea. I have to confess it’s a little outside what I usually read but I was so intrigued by the synopsis I had to read it. The story gets off to an incredible start, and throws Aliya and the reader back in to a world, which resembles our own but as it was back in medieval times.

I did find that Aliya had a bit of a harsh attitude towards her new, heavier body. It was uncomfortable reading and to be honest this really didn’t endear Aliya to me at the start of the book. She has a pretty brutal opinion of the former inhabitant of the countesses body. But as the book progressed I found myself warming to Aliya. Her drive and determination are just so incredible to read. And her attitude towards her new body also alters slightly and she learns to see that there are some positives to her new form.

The pace of the story was perfect, it was a great mix of information about this new world as well as action. As you might imagine, the adjustments which Aliya has to make to become Countess Lillian are central to the book. I think that Aliya’s character development is wonderful. She learns and grows and even makes some fairly interesting observations about her old life. I love that, after some realistic mourning for her parents and old life, she grabs her new life with both hands and seeks to make things better for herself and the people she feels responsible for.

As a medical student, she had a rather unique set of skills and these are utilised fully over the course of First Lessons. The determination she applied to her medical studies in her old life, she applies to improving things in her new life. There are a few threads of narratives, which are slowly drawn together over the course of the book, they provide some interesting insights on the world in which Aliya now inhabits. I cannot wait to see how these narratives come together in the next book.

I read First Lessons in two days as I just couldn’t put it down, and the second half of the book really picks up the already brisk pace and I found myself really pulled along with the story. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book and I need to know what else Aliya gets up to and how she, and the eclectic group she has surrounded herself with, change the world for the better!

I would definitely recommend First Lessons, I think it’s a really interesting read. Over the course of the book, I grew to love the main character Aliya and there are several really interesting side characters that I can’t wait to find out more about too.

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I received a copy of First Lessons, however all opinions and words are my own.