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Darrienia: Book 1: The Forgotten Legacies Series (Volume 1) Paperback – September 1, 2015
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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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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!
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.
Simmill has written an epic length novel guaranteed to keep you reading for hours and hours. The characters flesh out quickly and the heroes begin their adventure without delay. On their adventure, only the eccentric Elly knows their true destination; at least, among their group. Or, is that too, untrue? Magical creatures, magical things and places, along with a healthy bit of mythology kept me entertained for days. Acha, Zo, Daniel, and Eiji find themselves rebuked at every turn by forces beyond their understanding. Along the way, the characters change and you get to watch their new personalities develop. However, some of our heroes might have a darker side. Is that true, or will the character morph again? Read the book to learn. Waiting to find out made me sad to put the book down when I needed to do other things.
I noticed something different about this book beyond some great plot twists. As the magic becomes more common in and around the travelers, intentions and outcomes morphed in a way I’ve never seen before. It is a clever device used well throughout much of the book. The way the author handles this, how she skillfully starts you onto the path of questioning new possibilities, is alone, worth the price of this book. The places our heroes venture to are described with the perfect amount of flesh. The author offered me a tasty bit of what things might look like in her descriptions, but ultimately, my imagination had the freedom to create the structures and places of my minds choosing. I often find this wiggle room lacking in other novels and they become disappointments. No such problem here. The ending is unique. Even though the book is part of a series there is no great hook; this book will stand alone. Before the ending came, I had already bought book two. I’m one step ahead of you; I already have the book you will want when you read, “The End.”
Darrienia is a suitable read for teens and adults of all ages. I enjoyed it thoroughly.