Anchored: An Urban Fantasy

Anchored: An Urban Fantasy Summary

Every time Alora goes to sleep, she wakes up on another world, a magical world, a world that's about to collide with Earth in a very big way. Alora's the only person with the power save them both, only, she's not sure she should.  

Alora's life has been anything but magical. Since her parents died, she and her brother have been on the run from a creepy, doggedly determined social worker. In a few more months she turns eighteen, but until then, they're stuck hiding. It's hardly surprising that she dreams every single night of another world, Terra, where she possesses telekinetic powers.

What Alora can't explain is how, when she breaks her arm in her dreams, she wakes up with the same (very real) injury on Earth. And if her dreams aren't real, shouldn't they be more fun? Since only men on Terra are supposed to be able to move things with their minds, Alora spends all her time there hiding her powers.

But when her best friend on Terra is threatened, Alora uses her powers to save him, inadvertently killing the attacker. The next day on Earth, the exact same man she killed on Terra walks into her workplace. . .and drops dead. Suddenly, she's being hunted in both places. Alora must discover how Earth and Terra are connected and how far she'll go to save a world that may not deserve to be saved.

★Awards ★

2021 IAN Book of the Year, Fantasy

2021 Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize Quarter Finalist

2021 Readers' Favorite Urban Fantasy Winner

2021 Whitney Award Nominee

★Trade Reviews ★

"The premise [of Anchored] is not only the right blend of imagination, mystery, and hold-your-breath action, but is entirely unique and leaves the reader wanting more. This is a 10 out of 10." --Publisher's Weekly.

"This fantasy series opener finds its rhythm early and then breezes along, keeping readers enthralled. [This] novel is a winner," --Kirkus Reviews.

"The best part of [Anchored] was the non-stop, action-packed, exciting plot. This book has it all: suspense, mystery, love, action, romance, war, you name it. And it is all perfectly combined to produce the perfect story and the perfect beginning to what I know will be a fantastic series," Readers' Favorite

"Wow, this book takes hold and doesn't let go. Fast-paced writing, an awesome storyline, and ridiculously fun world-building make this a new favorite of the year. Plus, Egyptian mythology! A must-read for fantasy lovers," USA Today Bestselling author M. Lynn

"I have no idea how Bridget did it, but she tangled reality and dream fantasy together effortlessly. This is one of those books you will go back and read again and again! I cannot wait for book 2," USA Today Bestselling author, J.A. Culican

"I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like this. I found myself rooting for this funny, self-deprecating protagonist from the first page. The story's solid and compelling, and pulls at your heartstrings every step of the way!" USA Today Bestselling Author Robin D. Mahle

"This action-packed novel is a dose of both fantasy and reality. The writing is infectious, jam-packed with emotion, and the tangling of two worlds--the real and the dream--is masterfully done," USA Today Bestselling Author Cortney Pearson

"What a fascinating and intriguing urban fantasy read! The characters are beautifully developed, even those only briefly in the story. This is a wonderful story of different worlds and strong family ties told superbly!" In D'Tale Magazine

Book Reviews


Start it NOW5 star

Get ready to fall in love with a whole new world! Impossible to put down the story of Alora and Jesse. You jump into Alora fighting for her life in 2 worlds. A sibling bond (Jesse) that transcends time and space. A reality that is fractured by an ancient prison. Proof that family does not need blood. And of course, new book boyfriends. You will not regret jumping into this world. Enjoy!55


Exciting and unique adventure5 star

Great worldbuilding, unlike anything I’ve read before. Great characters and their adventures really pull you in. Super fun read!!55


Love this book5 star

I love this book and the originality of it. Every time I thought I knew who the traitor was it was some one else! The love triangle was great too.55


So Good!5 star

This book is excellent! Lots of action and layers. Excellent characters and so many wonderful twists and turns!55


Amazing5 star

I absolutely love this book! I don’t know what else to say but if you are a fan Egyptian mythology you need to check this series out. I love how it combines Egyptian mythology into present day. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down!55


Urban Fantasy for the win!5 star

I have one sibling. I really enjoy the sibling characterization Bridget Baker details. Her writing is clean and clear and so exciting. It’s a page turner for sure.55


I love fantasy!5 star

This book has a super cool real world vs fantasy world feel. I absolutely love how Bridget has left parts to figure out about the main characters’ lives, and the worlds they live in! It’s not just an info dump, but revealed at just the right time. The brother sister bond is the best. Also, the relationship between worlds is fascinating and I can’t wait to find out if my theories are correct! This book has just enough action vs character development for my taste!55


I’m hooked!!5 star

I was hooked from the start. I was intrigued by the prologue (and had to go back and reread it a few times throughout the book as connections were made), the mention of a trained chicken, and the whole baby naming thing is so odd. I also wanted to know why it was Lift and not lift. So, onward I read! In the story, sleep brings another world where injuries can be repaired or created, not dreams. But like with dreams, hours in the dream world can be just minutes in the real world. One world is regular life and one is a prison. Poor Alora has gone through more than her fair share of tragedies before the book even starts. The more she learns about herself and her past the less she probably wishes she knew. She can’t help herself though, she needs to know the truth about what happened to her parents and herself. Like many of Baker’s main characters, this teenager starts out hidden, unassuming, concealing parts of herself from the greater world. She doesn’t even know the extent of her abilities and has even been thought to have a psychiatric illness for years. So this alternate world may be her brain firing differently, making her see and hear things that no one else can. Her best friend on Earth is her brother and their parents died years ago. On Terra she is an orphan without a brother. Or is she?? The suspense gets worse towards the end. You can’t help but root for Alora and Jesse and feel her desperation as she will do whatever it takes to try and save her brother. I’m very eager to start the next book to see what comes of her attempts! I’d also like to find out how the Exordium works out for her on Earth… And I thought my teenage years were a mess!55


You won’t want to put it down!5 star

First book on a series that you will not want to end. Alora and Jesse will capture our hearts in this book, leaving you to want more. Luckily this is just the first book and you can have more with the rest of the series! Bridget Baker really knows how to keep you wanting more and more!55


Loved it!5 star

I love this story! I love books with strong female leads and boy did Alora fight her way through the entire story! The character development was amazing and I fell in love with each and every character and felt like I was with them every step of the way! The world building was amazing! I could not put this book down! Both worlds with completing mesmerizing! I received an advance copy of this book! I cannot wait to see what happens next!!55

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