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Chalvaren Rising (Kingdom of Chalvaren) (Volume 2) Paperback – July 17, 2015
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And what a ride! The adventre, romance and suspense captured me from the first page to the last, with themes of love, family and good triuphing over evil.
I was impressed by the well-crafted world the author gave us to enjoy. I loved the mystical aspect of elements, auras, magic and of course flying dragons. In this story, elves are the keepers of the dragons that protect the kingdom from the evil sorceress-elf, who just happens to be the aunt of our heroine, Mia. Having been taken away as a baby, orpahed and abandoned on Earth, Mia is introduced to her home world for the first time, and must navigate the dangers and trials of finding her place. But with her dragon, Magnus by her side and her true love, Kort, who will one day be King of Elias, she has the support to grow into the powerful, magical Elf that she is.
Kort and Mia must manage a threat of black magic to Castle Elias and her dragons while navigating their newfound romantic connection. The villain, Isa, proves to be a worthy opponent.
We enjoyed this story about the eternal struggle of good over evil. The family scenes made us root for the "good" guys. Further, we loved all of the dragons--the watchdogs of the Kingdom of Chalvaren.
This has several plots to be resolved, the romance between Mia and Kort, the evil witch (hard to beat evil witches for a good story), and the general battle between good and evil which is a general theme running through the other two plots.
This is a fantasy story and suffers from the same tendency to be verbose and overdone verbiage which allowed me to scan over about 20-25% of this book with no loss of plot or anything very important.
None of that makes this a bad story, in fact it was a great story that I loved reading and was SO glad that it has an actual ending, I was expecting a cliffhanger ending and was pleased to see things wrapped up nicely.
Bottom Line: Too much filler that added nothing to an already great story, the writing needed to be tightened up but fantasy writers seem to like to write pages of tedious descriptions and day-in-the-life scenes. That is ALL I can say really bad, loved the story, loved the characters although they came close to some TSTL but never really crossed that line. So 4 Stars and highly recommended, great action just when you might get bored and a superb ending for a fantasy story.
Mia is a strong and admirable heroine. I felt sorry for her in the beginning because she was lonely and abandoned until Kort came along. At first, she seemed uncertain about her destiny, but later on she grows more confident. I also like how Mia was curious about the kingdom of Chalvaren and that she asks questions about it. I also loved her relationship with Kort. It was Kort who gives her courage and who persuades her to come back home. There were some moments where I thought they were very insecure in their feelings, for they were prone to jealousy. Other than that, I thought that their relationship was steady and mature, for without the other, they would not have succeeded.
Overall, this story is about love, choices, redemption, and hope. The message of the story is that love conquers all. The story had a slow beginning, but eventually it picked up. I thought Chalvaren was a well built world, for the author gave us a lot of information about her world. I also loved all her characters. I liked how she gave us an interesting villain. The ending was very sweet with a happily ever after feel. I advise you to read her first novel, Dragonstone before you read Chalvaren Rising. This is because this was the only novel I read in the series so I was a little lost in the beginning. I recommend this to anyone who loves epic fantasy with dragons and a touching love story.
(This book was given to me as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.)
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This book picks up right after the short prequel, DRAGONSTONE, and I highly recommend reading the one first because the action kicks off right after this one.Read more