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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn’t know I enjoyed fantasy novels until I read Darkspire Reaches. I picked up the book because I was intrigued by the cover, but after reading the first two pages, I just... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Raven is a healer. Abandoned at birth, and brought up by an old crone, she has a gift that gives her glimpses of a strange and disturbing future. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Kathy Gates author
Full of twists and turns that lead to unexpected places, this is ultimately a story of Raven who must discover who she truly is. Throughout the entire story she seldom has it easy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DragonOne
The author eschews the traditional hook chapter to get the blood racing and the heart pounding and catapult you into the first act of the story, where you’ll need the hook to get... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ian
I haven't read anything from this author before and I loved this story. Dragons are an interesting subject and I loved the ones in this story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by V. Carter
Loved this book. It was a truly creative plot in a truly creative world... which is SOOOO rare these days! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charissa Dufour
I was immediately drawn to the book by the sight of the cover, and couldn’t wait to start reading. Although the idea of fantasy is not my top priority in reading, I was impressed... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael N.Wilton
Wow, that’s a fantasy you don’t want to miss! I don’t know what was better, the protagonist Raven and how she gradually evolved from a mistreated orphan to a strong-willed and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
character development lacking, ending is TOO anti-climatic & just a total waste of time. if you haven't read this novel do yourself a favor & look elsewhere for a good read.Published 5 months ago by Tommy