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Darrienia: Book 1: The Forgotten Legacies Series (Volume 1) Paperback – September 1, 2015
Readers' Favorite: Whoa! Can you say, "epic read?" Well, I certainly can after finishing the fantastic new book by author K.J.Simmill, Darrienia: The Forgotten Legacies Series, Book One. This bookgrabbed me from the very beginning, and wouldn't let go until I came tothe very end. Encompassing a world unlike any that most readers may have previously encountered, the story follows protagonist Elly as she isgiven the quest of finding the missing Marise. But what is the trueintent of her mission; is it for good or for evil? The god Night isdetermined to taste revenge, and will do almost anything to fulfill hisdesire. Elly soon realizes that there is much more than she everexpected to encounter on her path, and isn't sure if she'll ever findMarise, or ever safely return to her home for that matter. Will Ellysucceed? You'll need to read this amazing book to find out.
I loved Darrienia. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's how Itruly felt about this wonderful new book. Author K.J. Simmill hascreated characters that her readers will be able to connect with, willrelate to, and will truly come to care about. If that isn't a hallmarkof a great author, I'm not sure what is. Her world creation abilitiesare simply second to none. Any reader who enjoys a great work offantasy, or any reader looking for a great epic read of fiction ingeneral, should absolutely read this book. I highly recommend Darrienia, and I look forward to reading more from the incredibly promisingauthor, K.J. Simmill, as soon as I possibly can!
About the Author
K.J. Simmill is an award winning British author with books released in both the fantasy and non-fiction genres. She is a qualified project manager, herbal practitioner and Usui Reiki master, with certifications in various fields of holistic therapy. inclusive of aromatherapy, crystal healing, colour therapy, ethereal Reiki, Indian head massage, shaman power Reiki, sound therapy, and massage therapy. She has also spent many years researching various practices of magic. When she is not writing, she is an avid reader and a passionate gamer.
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The book itself is action and character driven, the heroes face great beasts as well as their own personal challenges that need to be overcome if they are to save Darrienia, and their own world, from the peril set into place by Night. The characters are forced to grown and change as their adventure progresses, forming bonds of friendship, but even friendship has its limits, especially when each of them harbours a secret, or hidden agenda. Through out the book K.J. surprised me and kept me guessing and yet I found controversy at the end I have to say that I did not see that coming. It took me by surprise and I was drawn away to an emotional stream which I enjoyed very much. A+ for this book.
Synopsis (from the author): It is said that the past always returns to haunt you. Yet some forgotten pasts have whispered names and a debt for collection. Dangerous curiosities stir a hidden darkness, one that patiently waits to seize control.
The subtle periphery between dream and reality is in peril and those chosen must face the evil behind this looming disaster. But lurking in the shadows, guiding their hand, lies the true threat and a hidden agenda.
Will they discover the truth in time? Or will those who should be heroes, become nothing more than the pawns of evil?
What I liked: Darrienia had many things I like to find in fantasy novels. The world building was amazing, the characters well developed, and the book provided plenty of action, mystery and a grand quest. The intricate plot referenced Greek mythology and the quarrels among the gods, while it kept me guessing about what would happen next. All in all, an excellent fantasy!
What I didn’t like: At times, Darrienia left me confused as to whether the characters were in the dream world or not. The length of the book also made it a tad difficult for me to keep up with everything that happened. Neither of these things detracted from my overall enjoyment of the novel.
Overall impression: When you read this book, be prepared for an excellent though long read! The intricate plot, interesting characters, the intrigue surrounding Zo and Marise, and the quest make this a fantasy that I highly recommend!
My rating: 5 Stars
I absolutely loved Elly, the main protagonist, who is pulled into different directions, but who grows through challenges thrown her way. I couldn’t help but root for her and flip pages faster to see what’s going to happen to her next.
What I also enjoyed was how real the world, created by the author’s brilliant imagination, felt; I was completely immersed into it from the very first page and visualized every character, setting and event. The influence of an old Greek legend was also masterfully interweaved into this fantastic story, which will definitely stay with me for a long time. I do hope for a sequel though! Highly recommended!
You really never know what's going to happen in this one. One moment our group of travelers is holed up in an inn in a mysterious village, and the next they're fleeing a giant beast in another world. The beast was horrific, a chance for Ms. Simmill to show off her powers of description. It was one of many imaginative set pieces. My favorite was the description of a man being attacked by dark creatures. The scene was exciting and vivid, but when the narrator took us out of the fog of the man's perception, it was clear that his wounds had been self-inflicted, the work of the grimoire, a powerful book he wanted to keep for himself.
Which leads us to our big bad villain, the god Night, who is doing everything he can to find the grimoire, use it to escape his prison and unleash
darkness onto the world. Hat tip to the author for creating an absorbing tale.