Descended, a debut novel by Australian author Ingrid J. Adams, is the first in a four-book series. A work of fiction in the mystery, romance, and adventure subgenres, this book has been written with sensitivity, humour, and care.
Set in the 1990s Sydney, Indigo Wolfe knows he is not like his peers. Growing up with famous parents and a large trust fund has nothing to do with what sets him apart. Indigo struggles to navigate his reality and understand his gifts — he keeps his experiences to himself, fearing he’s losing his mind. His parents barely acknowledge his existence, so how can he ask if he is the only one who has these abilities?
When Indigo goes to Cordelia and Robbie Carlisle’s home to celebrate their birthday, things change. He’s welcomed into their family and feels a sense of belonging and validity. As he and Cordelia grow closer, he opens to her parts of himself he’s buried from fear. But, before he can reveal his whole self, his time is cut short when Indi’s parents decide to move across the other side of the world.
Torn apart from the one person he loves and a family who adores him, Indigo descends into darkness and makes a desperate attempt to leave this world. Will he ever find his way back to her?
This book has a fantastic plot, so many genres are touched upon, with action, suspense, mystery, comedy, and a romance of a lifetime. I was entranced right from the first page, and I found myself fully invested from the beginning.
Ingrid Adams skilfully constructs vivid descriptions that seamlessly transport you back to the 90s. They have been narrated extensively, making every event sink in, and be visualized in the reader’s mind. By revealing such layers of uncharted spheres, the author adds more exotic beauty and precarious moments in the story to tell us that there’s more here than meets the eye. It’s easy reading and nothing is forced or too fast-paced.
Though the book has many characters, they are well developed, and every reader will find their favourites. The book focuses on themes that are significantly motivating. The connection, for instance, as displayed by Indigo and Cordelia, in their care, love, and faithfulness, is so moving. This book is meant to entertain and educate on relationships, loyalty, and survival.
Everyday language and modern expressions are used to make it more relatable and get the reader emotionally involved in the dilemma of the main characters and the progress of their relationship. It’s like seeing Romeo and Juliet in alternate realities.
As the first book in the series Ingrid Adams’ brilliantly written love story gives one hell of an entrance. If you’re looking for romance with conflict and turmoil while providing fleshed-out characters and real-life drama, then this is the book for you.
Although Descended is intended for young adult readers, I recommend this book to adults, especially those who love this genre.
I can’t wait for the second book to find out what happens next.
A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading Descended by Ingrid J. Adams. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.
My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.