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No, you do not have to start with book one. Mysti Parker does a great job of pulling you into the world without making you feel as if you are repeating anything from book to book. They are all in the same world and yet each follow their own paths, with the characters mingling amongst each other along the way.
There are so many more options for books to come in the future. This series could find itself becoming a huge set in my Kindle Library!
Keep the books in this series coming please Mysti! My mind is begging for more and can't get enough!
Keep writing Mysti, and give us more!
The story starts off about ten years before events in "Serenya's Song" (reading the first two books is not a prerequisite, each stands alone quite well) and introduces us to Loralee, who is being exiled on a mysterious island. Why she's been banished here is somewhat of a mystery, one that we'll spend the next 3/4 of the book discovering.
Then we rocket forward to present day, where we meet up with Sir Igrorio "Robert" Everlyn and his paladin comrade / brother Francis. When their ship is besieged by a storm and lost to the waves, Robert washes ashore at the cusp of death... only to be rescued and revived by his long-lost love Loralee, whom he had been led to believe was dead.
I didn't realize when I started this book that I'd signed up for time travel, but Ms. Parker takes us on a wild journey back in time 65 years to Sir Robert's tragic childhood and events leading to his meeting the young temple priestess and healer, Loralee. A good 75% or more of the story is spent spanning various time periods of their younger lives which, despite their obvious love for one another, are spent apart. It was agonizing to watch and wait for these two to come together again.
When we finally returned to the present day, I couldn't figure out how on earth things could be wrapped up and resolved with such a small portion of the book remaining. Yet Ms. Parker pulled it off with aplomb!
If you're looking for a steamy romance, this one doesn't pack the same punch as its predecessors. But if stalwart devotion, heartbreak, angst and adventure are what you seek you'll not be disappointed. And in case you missed it in the book blurb: there's DRAGONS! You can never go wrong, in my book, if you've got dragons.
**I received a copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**
Parker uses the same vivid writing style that we've seen throughout the Tallenmere series to show her readers some of the furthest reaches of this world. She keeps you captivated as you live the story right alongside the characters. The various creatures of Tallenmere are developed much more fully in this installment of the series. Creatures that were spoken of in the first two novels become much more vivid in your mind's eye. You also learn a great deal about the life cycles of some of the key species and races in the series, which sheds some light on their relationships with one another. In this novel Parker also tactfully writes a tale that comprises the better part of a century without leaving you feeling rushed or like something's missing. You live the life of a High Elf.
Parker has a way of introducing characters in a previous novel and then bringing them to full form in a novel of their own. This really keeps the series interesting as each novel is its own complete story, while they're also tied together via their relationships and the wonderful world of Tallenmere. The characters in this novel are so well developed that they become part of your family. You grow and care right alongside them. Although they are fairy tale creatures living their own fairy tale they become very real to the reader.
This was, by far, my favorite in the series so far. I cannot wait to see what Parker brings us next with this thrilling and heartwarming series.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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