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The atmosphere of the novel is established well in the opening page – ‘“This is the third time you’ve thrown us out of the City!” The tall, lanky man with dark and stringy red hair, stood alongside two other men while several of Danthamore’s guards forced them away from the front of the gates. “Take your messages and displays elsewhere, If you don’t, you might find yourself swinging from Robber’s Row by your necks.” The last thing he wanted was his Captain of the Watch, Elian, to replace him thinking he could not handle the man. The peculiar and eccentric preacher had not yet heeded his stern warnings to stay out of the city. Nelina’s longing green eyes trailed over to the three strangers. How she wished she could be with them and not here. Her Uncle had kept her tied up during the entire journey to prevent her from running away, and her wrists were sore. “This isn’t right!” She dug her heels in, refusing to take another step. “We’ve lost everything because of you, not me.” With no warning, Tiberius’s open, flat hand came down hard upon the left side of her face. “Shut yer mouth before I smack yer teeth out girl. I don’t care a lick for ya as it is. I only took you in because I had to when yer ma and yer poor excuse for a father died.” Out of instinct, her slender fingers touched her stinging cheek. It had hurt just enough for her to be silent and docile. The streets of Danthamore were bustling with their usual activities in the early afternoon hours. Merchants and buyers crowded the slave square. Fall had a different feel to it being this close to the Waste with its unrelenting heat. The hot sun beating down added to the unbearable temperature, and the air itself was thick and humid from the vast Torbian Sea. Emotional numbness, followed by dread, filled her as the blood drained from her head to her toes, as her Uncle stopped in front of one of the partially shaded slaver stalls. Tiberius used what little manners he had, in addressing the Slaver. “Are you buyin slaves t’day Sir? And if yer are, how much will you give me for her?” Nelina’s attention snapped over to the slave trader. “He can’t sell me! I’m a free woman of the Lower Kingdoms!” “You ain’t in the Lower Kingdoms shrew! Yer in Danthamore.”
The plot outline is solid – ‘Everyone had heard of the Magus of Danthamore, a powerful, dangerous, and ruthless man. Nelina, who was sold on the slaver's block by her unscrupulous uncle, now finds herself as the newest slave of the Magus. Finding that he is more than what he appears to be, Nelina follows her heart as the irresistible and handsome Magus leads her into a world she had never dreamed existed. Ru'ark who had become known as the Magus of Danthamore, used the power he wielded with little regard for the people beyond his homeland of Aghadine and the Waste. Finally, after years of diligently searching he has found the perfect vessel he needs -the voluptuous, flaxen haired Nelina. But, when the time comes, will he be able to sacrifice his own feelings, or instead betray his own people?’
Reading this book to the end reveals the likelihood that this is to be a strong series. The public’s taste for ancient stories with dragons, and paranormal creatures and other escape hatches as seen on the cinema screen and television and video games suggests that there is an ongoing hunger for stories of this nature. The Fletchers appear to have struck gold! September 17
This book takes care in crafting it's characters. The protagonist and antagonist are both meticulously developed before the story takes wild twists. The writing is often direct, but the beauty of the prose is found in the details. Do the characters fall ridiculously hard for each other a bit too quickly? Of course they do, because this is a love story that doesn't focus on how they met, but how they will hold onto what they have. What will they do to keep one another?
We get a good sense of the characters before the story takes some wild turns. You'll be flipping pages as the story switches between the political intrigue of the kingdom and the steamy romance between Nelina and the Magus. There was one thing that I felt would have improved the story and it's that the author's sometimes tell instead of show. There were a few events that I was simply told about when I wish (because I can see the authors have the talent) that I was shown.
What I enjoyed most about this story is the turmoil the characters undergo after they've fallen for one another. You keep asking yourself, 'how far will they go'? I think stories are often character driven, but I think this book is a relationship driven story.
If your looking for a romance novel underlined with suspense and punctuated with adventure than A Chronicle of Rebirth: The Magus is for you. A well written novel that begs to be expanded upon.