Review | Shadows of Lela – Tessonja Odette

In another Facebook group I’m in, Tessonja Odette is doing a takeover with her book Shadows of Lela. This is the first book in her Lela trilogy. The book seemed really interesting and I decided to read Shadows of Lela, so I could participate in the trivia or other fun book related posts.

A forgotten princess.
A deadly quest.
A threat that hides in shadow…

Sixteen-year-old Cora is a princess with a dark past. Exile has kept her safe. But when she rescues a dying unicorn from a mysterious band of hunters, her identity—and her life—are in danger.

Prince Teryn has the perfect plan—win the quest, marry his betrothed, and become king. But his mission goes awry when he faces a feisty young woman in the woods. Although they meet as foes, she shares a secret that bonds them.

Teryn and Cora’s fates are entwined in a plot far deadlier than they ever imagined. Can they face the threat together? Or will a terrifying enemy destroy the land they love?

Shadows of Lela is Book One in the Lela Trilogy. If you like swoon-worthy romance, adventurous quests, breathtaking magic, and surprising twists, then you’ll love Tessonja Odette’s epic fantasy tale.

Buy Shadows of Lela to embark on a magical journey today!


I love reading books by authors who aren’t well known yet. I have found a lot of hidden gems that way and I think Shadows of Lela can join that list. To start the review off, I have to say how much I love this cover. It’s very stunning.

As stated Cora has a secret past. She was a princess, but after being exiled at a young age. She’s had to find her own way. The gifts she have help her, but also make her life a bit more difficult. No one knows who she really is and she wants to keep it that way.

Teryn participates in the quest to win Princess Mareleau’s heart even though he hurts his twin brother Larylis by doing so. In the beginning, I wasn’t too sure about Teryn, but after awhile I got to know him more and saw a side of him that made more sense for the book.

The quest to Mareleau’s heart is simple. To win a prince must find three unicorns. She wants a horn and skin of a unicorn and the third one as a pet. She never believes that they will be able to pull this off, but if she only knew. Marleau is an interesting character. She is to be the heir of the throne, but doesn’t want to marry. Or if she does, for love. Even though she already lost the love of her life. I got why she did what she did, but she was a bit selfish.

I haven’t read many books with unicorns, so that made me fall in love with this book. I loved the magic in this book and the whole world that was created. The way Tessonja writes makes it feel like you’re traveling along with the characters.

Another thing I loved is that even in one chapter we get more than one POV. This made the story a lot more intersting, because we not only got to know what was going on in different places, but also how all the characters were feeling about things.I would’ve liked more about Mareleau and Larylis.

The only thing I missed was some more background information that I think would’ve made the story just a bit more interesting. I love this author’s way of writing and the world she created, so I am really looking forward to reading the next books in this trilogy!

I really like the element of unicorns in this book, but haven’t read many books with them in it. Does anyone have any suggestions for other books with unicorns?

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