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Mage of Legend: A Kal'brath Novel (Dragon Highlands) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 9, 2017
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I am going to admit, I wasn’t a fan of Xastrian at first. He takes off after an assassination attempt (hello, unknown person wanting to kill you!!) to practice his magic, which he isn’t very good at and not only did he end up blasting the area he was in (with everything in it) in between dimensions but he also almost died. After Velithor saves him, he acts like a spoiled brat. There were times I wanted to smack him. But he did start to grow on me. Slowly but he grew on me. By the end of the book, I really liked him.
Velithor, oh Velithor. I was so happy to see that he had a love interest that worshipped him. I actually cried a few times in the book. Once when Niral died saving him from the harpies (which, btw were not what I thought they would look like. WoW totally ruined that for me…..lol). Once when the mama grizzly died, leaving the cubs orphans and once when Velithor explained why he has white hair and Xastrian told him that he should feel cherished. Ahhhh…waterworks.
The sex scenes between Velithor and Xastrian were beyond hot and so sweet. The feelings between the both of them just came off the pages and to be honest, it made the sex even sweeter to read. What I really liked, though, was that they had sex twice. The rest of the time, it was them making out and letting their feelings grow between each other.
The storyline involving Minuvel was awesome. She was a witch with a capital B and didn’t fail to pull out all the stops when he flat-out told her no. I was neutral about her at first (I mean, I would be little witchy if locked in a prison for as long as she was) but when she tortured Xastrian in the tunnels, I hated her. But she did get what was coming to her so I felt vindicated.
The storyline with the sithak was interesting. Mainly because how he was connected to both Velithor and Xastrian. I wasn’t expecting to like him that much or for him to actually care about them both. From the last book, I thought that he was a monster and I am glad that my image of the sithak was changed. I hope that he makes appearances in other books!!
The end of the book was pretty opened ended. I do have some questions that I hope will be answered in the next book. Like how will a certain engagement end up? And who is the assassin? Will the cubs stay with Velithor and Xastrian?
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
Dragons, love, strength, beauty, power, love, magic, have I mentioned love? This book. THIS BOOK. This book is absolutely amazing. I absolutely loved it. Ab-sol-ute-ly loved it.
Mage of Legend, by Jennifer Amriss, is one of those books that you come across where you find yourself just sitting there, mouth agape and frozen, all within periods of frequent stunned silence, due to the magnitude of the book. The sheer beauty is staggering. This is a gem. A rare five-star gem.
What an incredible and wonderful treat it was to read such a fulfilling and beautiful story, one that is filled with elves, dragons, magic and diverse creatures. Mage of Legend, takes place in a seemingly similar world to that of earth but with a dash of modern times. The reader is taken on a beautifully detailed and complex sensory ride to a different dimension, with Xastrian Senuvesal, the new and pristine King of the Dragons, and Levithor Adonel, a great hunter with a pure heart. This story will grab you and not let you go as you read about the handsome new Dragon King and how he comes to terms with his status and also of love and life.
While I am new to this author, and also of any prior books, it did not take away from how much I loved this story. I would also like to briefly point out the existence of very minor spelling glitches, as well as some questions left open. But, that's what reading is about sometimes. Questions left without their answers, whether it be permanent or temporary, that's what readers sometimes come across. And, that's ok. Regardless of how many times we, as readers, scream out into the air, "whaaaaat?", it's ok. That being said, by looking at the entire story, my love for Xastrian Senuvesal and also for Velithor Adonel, is the most important thing to me, as this book is only part of what is to come.
Regardless of which dimension they both live in, Xastrian and Velithor live in a beautiful world, one of which I am eager to read more about. The most important thing? Oh yes, is to read about the strength of two amazing elves, Xastrian and Velithor and their amazing bonded love. :)
I loved these two together so much. The pace of the story was just right, their love grew over time and naturally. I enjoyed the descriptions of Veli teaching Xastrian the many things that he knew, making it feel so much more real. The story made me laugh, cry, gasp and made my heart pound. But there was many times my heart was warmed by Velithor’s kind pure of heart and Xastrian’s determined earnestness to show Velithor he wasn’t just a prissy king.
There are some questions left unanswered that maybe the next book will touch on? Hopefully. I will be waiting for it as patiently as I can.
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