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Darkspire Reaches by [Lesley, C.N]
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About the Author

C. N. Lesley lives in Central Alberta, Canada with her husband and cats. Her daughters live close by. She writes fantasy, science fiction and science fantasy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 634 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books (November 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJE8RP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I'll start this review by saying, I love reading fantasy. There was a time, not too long ago, when I felt as if the fantasy genre had died. Not much new was coming out, and what did show up on the shelves didn't suit me. Lately I've seen a resurgence of excellent fantasy stories, and Darkspire Reaches is one of them.

Leslie knows how to build a world, and create--not just characters--but whole races of them, complete with speech patterns and a recognizable cadence that sucks you into her world. From the first chapter you know you are entering a new world, and by the third chapter, you are already familiar with it.

Some authors plop you down in the middle of a fiery battle in a desperate attempt to get your interest. Leslie goes about it differently. There is a confidence in her writing that allows for a slow build of tension, but each chapter has the right level of suspense, and, if you're a careful reader, you'll spot the foreshadowing woven into the pages by a master wordsmith.

This wasn't a book that demanded to be devoured in one sitting, but each bit I read left a good taste in my mouth, like a fine glass of wine, and I realized I was eager to get back to reading each night. As I neared the end, I had to stay up later than I wanted to find out what happened. I wasn't disappointed.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Format: Paperback
Despite the cover this is not yet another book about magic and dragons. It is about a young woman's journey of self-discovery. On par with the lowly Wart of Arthurian legend, fifteen-year-old Raven starts out as a foundling, a servant, bound by love to the only mother she knows. She serves a small-time practitioner and healer in a small village where she does not belong and feels an outcast, as her coloration marks her ancestry from one of the wandering tribes to the north. When her adoptive mother sheds years of lies and hiding to claim her rightful place near royalty, Raven's life--already tinged by forbidden magical abilities--becomes more and more constrained. Threatened by intrigues she had no part in, Raven barely escapes to her beloved forest with her life.

Members of the northern tribes find her, save her. She tries to make a home with various segments of that society, never quite fitting in but learning much. One of them betrays her back to the southern kingdom, whose ruler needs her to die to cover his intrigues.

In all of these situations she fears, above all else, the wyvern: the four-legged dragons of legend that permeate her past and future scrying and - and her nightmares.

How she, a firedrake, a man of a race called Drakken (who are friendly with the wyvern), and wyvern half-breeds await an opportunity for escape and new life is so full of twists, misunderstandings, betrayals, revelations, romance, battle and magic is for you to discover if you read this marvelous book. And by magic, I mean the kind of enveloping world-building and characterization that can cause you to look up hour later and only then notice that while you were immersed in the book the sun has set and you've missed a meal. Or two.

C.N. Lesley leaves things open for a sequel, and one hopes to read it soon.
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C.M. Lesley is a gifted storyteller who weaves an enchanting fantasy world that has its beginning shrouded in mystery. A baby is stolen away from her fate at the claws of a dragon like creature called a wyvern. The woman who saves her from this horrific fate teaches her magic in the form of healing herbs. At the age of fifteen, Raven and her foster mother are suddenly in danger from the villagers who have shunned and ridiculed the girl all of her life for being a First Born and different from them, and the two are forced to flee their humble home. Then through a harrowing set of circumstance, Raven is left on her own and finds out that she had been lied to and betrayed by the old woman she had thought loved her. There are many secrets and mysteries that unfold from that point on, and eventually Raven is forced to come face to face with the source of her biggest fear—the wyvern, and in doing so, she must ultimately face herself.
Wonderful character development has created endearing beings like the Drakken, Lord Connor, and little Kryling, the firedrake, who is just so amusing and, of course, Raven, and all have come together to help in the making of the magic that is Darkspire Reaches.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this fantasy novel alot.
The author has a very good way of developing her characters, getting you engaged very quickly into the story.
Raven was a very likeable character, being abandoned at an early age, you quickly sympathise with her plight as she is abandoned as a sacrifice to the wyverns.
The story is definitely a page turner, and the story touches on society issues in a way that is done creatively through the fantasy genre, including race, inclusion and even rape. Some critics I can see were not impressed by this particular part of the book, however, the story develops well, the plot is written sympathetically and it is a key part of the story.
Well done!
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Format: Kindle Edition
The superb cover art attracted me to this book. The contents did not disappoint.
I love this type of fantasy that is full of characters that you can love, and love to hate. I was easily drawn into their world. Rejection, romance, betrayal and fantasy, this book has it all, beautifully written, it sort of got under my skin because it's so good.
When I finally finished I believed in that world and was left wanting so much more. Easy, easy five stars
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