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Flight of Sorcery and Shadow (Tales of Tir-na-Alathea: Darkness of the Living Forest Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B087JWGX29
- Publisher : Eldarkin Publishing (July 27, 2020)
- Publication date : July 27, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2821 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 325 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #66 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Meg introduces twin siblings, Venya and Vasili, children of Harper and Dimitri, in Pelenor-related, but not yet intertwined story lines. Venya is a junior librarian at the Athenaeum, which houses amazing magical grimoires, some of whom are very powerful and dangerous. Venya has magical powers, but they’re not strong enough for her to keep control without help as she faces some deadly situations. Vasili, along with his dragon Icarus, is a member of the Kingsguard dragon riders. The kingdom is relying on the guards to protect against the increasing evil phenomena. One of their scout squads has not returned from a mission. Vasili, one of the youngest and inexperienced members, is ordered to stay close to defend the city while the others search a wide area, but he decides he can be of better service in the search, which leads him to find much more than he can handle.
This story is well-written with strong characters and vivid descriptions which immediately place the reader in the midst of the action. Meg artfully switches back and forth between the story lines which is really easy to follow and keeps the reader informed on all fronts. I’m certain these will all come together at some point, but each is an entertaining story on its own. I thoroughly enjoyed the Chronicles of Pelenor, and this new series continues in the same vein. I am eager to read the rest of the series. I received an ARC of this book; this review is my honest opinion. I bought a copy on release to support this great author.
Back in Pelenor, two siblings also fight against family shortcomings to make a life for themselves, one joining the legendary Winged Kingsguard, the other training to become a librarian. The Winged Kingsguard has recently lost one of the patrols and must see if the Order of Valxiron is back and be behind the missing dragons and riders. The library isn't your typical book storage facility, and part of the librarian's job is to work with the grimoires, many of which are dangerous. Flight of Sorcery and Shadow moves between all three storylines, never bringing any of them together, yet telling stories of high stakes in all three contexts.
Meg is a fantastic storyteller. She finds ways to leave us at cliffhangers throughout the book while returning to someone else's story. She also has loads of new characters, but their stories were so different, it was easy to follow the changes in stories. And we know that the stories will eventually converge, although I have no idea how she's going to do it. I also love that after the Pelenor chronicles alluded to and then pushed aside Aedon's personal struggles, hiding them behind his charm and humor, his journey with Lief in Flight of Sorcery and Shadow has forced him to begin to deal with them. I have high hopes for him in this new saga. As far as the siblings' stories, their family history is not their fault, nor is it their parents' fault, and that's something I don't often see addressed in fantasy. For them to carry burdens not of their own making and choose to not succumb to the darkness that promises an easy out, well, I'm rooting for them all the way. Also, one of the grimoires reminds me of Garth Nix's Mogget. Maybe it's just me, but he (it? - does a grimoire have gender?) makes me so happy!
Why do I have to wait for the next book?
I received an ARC from the author and have reviewed it because it's amazing, and everyone should read it, and all the libraries should get it, and did I mention that it's really, really good?
Along the way we are reminded of characters from The Chronicles of Pelenor and find out that they have not one, but two children who are doing very well for themselves in their young lives. Vasili is part of the vaunted Winged Kingsguard and Venya is a junior librarian in the Athenaeum. Both find themselves in very sticky situations and have to find a way out of them. Are they both successful? Are their magics enough? Are they too young to be in these situations and get overpowered? I know! But you need to read it to find out!
I love the suspense and tragedy and edge of your seat, page turning, need to read more of the authors previous books and this one is no different. You get a beautifully descriptive setting with engaging characters that make you feel like you're walking alongside them in their adventures. This is fantasy at some of its best and I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed. Good news, even though this is sort of a continuation from the previous series, no prior knowledge should be needed to start this one! Now go on, stop reading my review, and go read this book. It's 1000x better, I promise!
Top reviews from other countries
However, I feel the book could have ran with just Aedon and Lief. The chemistry between them was awesome, and some Déjà vu moments, brought back happy memories from the first book.
I understand the plot needs the other characters, just me wanting more of Aedon time.
The forest is been attacked by something dark, something from long ago.
Aedon, is still a prisoner, but he is attacked by……. omg I freaked out about this because I think it’s the first time, I have read bout elf zombies, yes you herd that right elf zombies. At least that is how it was described (Correct me if I’m wrong?) Lief is hurt, and Aedon cannot leave her behind despite her been a Ranger. His Hohner and shivery would not allow it.
Lief a Ranger, holds her heart close to her chest, she doesn’t like feeling week. But this injury leaves her feeling venerable, she heats to trust Aedon, but has no choice but too.
I could gush about Aedon and Lief all day rally.
There are tons of adventure in this book, more dragons and the bonds the riders have with them. We see some old faces among the dragon riders, Tristen, is now a caption. A library filled with talking grimoire.
I cannot wait for book two.
Full five stars, if I could give it more than I would.