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Although there were a lot of characters to remember, and I too found a strong Tolkien influence, the writing and the characters are epic. This is a true classic fantasy novel, a long journey filled with action, suspense, and drama that has made fantasy the popular genre that it is today. Thackeray not only gives us a classic fantasy, but she refreshes it with her descriptive storytelling and influential characters. I'm very excited this is the first book in what I hope is a series, and I look forward to more works by this author.
The story centers around the Queen (duh), whose name is Arianne. She becomes pregnant but finds out that her unborn child is in mortal danger by evil forces. What is great about this twist is that she is key, along with the aid of a few sidekicks, to saving her family. So, Arianne sets off on a quest to the far reaches of Avalyne with her friends Celene and Keira to confront the dark forces that want to destroy her unborn child and her kingdom.
I found this book to be very well-written and that character development to be in depth and well thought out. Events in the story made sense to me and there was a constant level of suspense that kept me interested and wondering what was going to happen next. I was particularly drawn to the main character for several reasons. She is tough and determined as well as person who has a lot of honor and respect for others.
I am so glad that this is a series book because I am looking forward to reading much more from this author, particularly books with these same characters and setting. I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves fantasy with strong characters and plot lines.
Arianne’s mission is to ensure the nightmares don’t become real. She joins forces the warrior Celene of Angarad and Keira of the Green.
The Queen of Carleon (The Legends of Avalyne) is an epic, sweeping fantasy. Although it’s classified as Young Adult, I think it’s a great story for readers of all ages. The author does an excellent job bringing the reader up to speed with flashbacks. I also liked the “Girl Power” theme, which is not common in a fantasy book. Factors like elven healing skills took me back to my long-ago Dungeons and Dragons days…always a pleasant journey.
The queen, Arianne, is up against some evil forces and protecting her child is her quest. That involves adventuring the world of Avalyne (to which the series is named. I found the world to be well thought out and interesting. I thought the characters were generally very well crafted. There are a lot of them, so if fantasy is not your thing, it may be a little overwhelming how quick they come at parts, but if you have some experience reading the genre it will flow nicely for you.
Some things that I thought Thackeray did well: The actual writing is very good. Vivid imagery and poetic language. Also, the use of a strong female character in the lead. Great choice.
I wouldn't necessarily say that this book is for everyone. As I mentioned, it is very much in the classic fantasy vein, and if you are comfortable with that, then you will love it. If you aren't, then it may not be your cup of tea.
I'm looking forward to the second part of the series.
This book is a story of love, loss, magic and adventure. Imagine you find out that you're going to have a child, the happiness that you feel is immediately tempered by the knowledge that your child's soul will belong to the dark. The author truly has a gift of writing in a way that you become totally engrossed in the world she has created, and you truly care about what happens to the characters. You feel happy for them, you feel sad for them, and you hope that in the end, good will prevail over evil.
An excellent read for a cold winter day! I highly recommend!
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