Esme’s Wish

(4 reviews)

This was her last chance.
Her hand twisted high in the air.

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the actions of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.

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Book Details

Weight 295 g
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

248 pages






Fantasy, Young Adult

Release date

30 October 2017




Odyssey Books

About The Author

Elizabeth Foster

Elizabeth Foster

Elizabeth Foster read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago, when reading to her own kids reminded her of how much she missed getting lost in other worlds. Once she started writing, she never looked back. She’s at her happiest when immersed in stories, plotting new conflicts and adventures for her characters. Elizabeth lives in Sydney, where she can be found scribbling in cafés, indulging her love of both words and coffee.

4 reviews for Esme’s Wish

  1. Sorcha

    Utterly delightful.

    This is a book that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. The setting is beautiful and amazingly well described. Esme, the main character in the book, is such a lovely heroine that you will grow to love in only a few chapters. She is courageous and determined, but also too independent, which makes a perfect character arc. The book has a writing style that is poetic and lyrical, enveloping you in a gentle and whimsical way. It joins my small and selective collection of ‘favourites’. I just can’t wait for the next two books! – Sorcha

  2. Fen’Harel

    When I was younger, my bookshelf was filled with books like Deltora Quest, Rowan of Rin, Warriors and other such tales. Now, Esme’s Wish joins that line up of absolutely perfect books for a teenager to read.
    Although I’m no longer a teenager, this book was fun, refreshing and an absolutely wild ride from beginning to end. I never felt bored, I never skipped pages, and I never felt confused by what was going on.
    It had a great pace and great characters. Esme is easily a likeable protagonist, and her friends that she makes are people we would easily want to be around in the real world.
    Add a dash of a mystery, dragons and magic and we have ourselves a fantastical tale ready for any age reader.
    I also found myself wondering – is this world real, or is Esme falling into a fantasy realm because she can’t cope with what’s happening in the real world? I can’t wait for the sequel so I can ponder this question a bit more!

  3. Angela Fantone

    I’m a sucker for a good fantasy. When I was offered the chance to review Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster, I knew that it would be a good match.

    Esme’s Wish tells the story of a young girl named Esme Silver, who’s mother was lost at sea. People in her small town believed that her mother was delusional for believing in a world beyond everything that exists in front of them, a world that lies beneath the waves of the sea. After her father remarries, Esme soon discovers what it was her mother was searching for.

    This is exactly the kind of story I’ve looked for in every book I’ve read as a child. Esme is a strong heroine that not only saves the day but is admirable for facing the different emotions thrown at her as her life changes. The connection between mother and daughter is strong, and that’s what the book centers on. It’s that bond with her mother that sets Esme on this fantastical journey.

    Grief is a very strong element in this story, and watching both Esme and her father deal with their grief so differently sets so much of the mood throughout the story. Esme’s father already remarries by the beginning of the story, and while that is a perfectly valid choice, it almost seems as though he hasn’t truly helped his daughter move on. The woman he remarries is rather selfish in my opinion and tries so hard to take over their lives. That is why Esme’s journey is pivotal because it immerses her in her mother’s world and makes it easy for her to cope with the loss in the end.

    Esme’s Wish is your classic fantasy coming-of-age that middle age readers will enjoy. It’s clever heroine, fast plot, and beautiful fantasy world combines the otherworldly and the familiar that reminds us experienced readers why we fell in love with reading in the first place.

  4. Tonja Drecker

    Magic, adventure, and beautiful writing make this a book to sink into and never leave.

    Esme is anything but thrilled by her father’s choice as he remarries, especially since the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of her mother a few years before are still unclear. Well, at least in her mind. Everyone else wants her to let go, but she can’t. When she sneaks away from the ever tightening choke hold her new life has placed on her and ventures to the vacation cabin her mother loved to visit, she ends up following a strange behaving bird down to the beach. One slip and she finds herself tugged underwater into the strange world her mother told her about, but Esme was convinced existed only as fantasy. And now, her adventure really begins.

    The first pages dive head first into Esme’s unfortunate situation. It takes a second to settle into what’s going on, but the story takes off from there. The author does a fantastic job at building subtle tension and mystery. It quickly becomes clear that something isn’t right and that Esme’s unwillingness to let go of her mother’s memory probably isn’t due to stubbornness. But the reasons behind this as well as the clear recognition are left in a mysterious haze, creating the perfect tension and opening up to the upcoming adventure.

    Fantasy and imagination take flight in these pages—something I adore in middle grade novels. The descriptions are vivid yet never overwhelm. There’s a great balance of familiarity and fantasy, which allows the reader to feel right at home while confronting wondrous creatures such as dragons. Esme’s determined and kind, yet a little unsure. She fits the age group well and is easy to relate to. Those around her have distinct personalities and the relationships (good and bad) are fun to root for. Add the exciting world, dabs at Greek mythology and an adventure to keep the reader on the edge of the seat, and it’s simply a wonderful read.

    The ending rounds things off nicely while still allowing a few open doors to the rest of the series—ones that promise more adventure and fun.

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