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Race Against the Dark (Kings of Kal'brath) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 27, 2016
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From the Back Cover
Plagued by visions and auditory hallucinations, Haylie is crazy with a capital C. When she discovers an injured elf, she's brought into their world, where she finds out that everything she thought was true is a lie. Now, she's a changeling come home--and her name really is Ka'lei.
Affected by a strange spell that artificially accelerated her growth, Ka'lei struggles against the elven council to prove her adulthood and her right to love whom she will. Her birth mother attempts to kill her during the Council meeting, thrusting her deep into her ancestor's ancient plot to destroy the human world and use its power to conquer the elves.
Ka'lei must rally dubious allies, racing against the Dark in a battle to not only save two worlds, but those she loves... and somehow, hold onto the only place she's ever felt sane.
Get ready for a kickass heroine. Ka'lei may be tiny, but her magic and wit make up for what she lacks in strength and size. But is her magic and wit enough to save the world?
About the Author
A world traveler, Jennifer spent most of her childhood experiencing the Mediterranean, traveling Europe, and constantly on the move with her military parents. Now, she has settled down in the hilly region north of the Allegheny National Forest where she lives alone with her tortoise shell cat, Pumpkin Spice. With so much culture and scenery ingrained in her psyche, she froths at the mouth to squeeze it all into the different worlds that seem to come to her at the most inopportune times.
With an imagination larger than the Alaskan wilds, and more gumption than common sense, Jennifer has been working on turning her writing into a career since 2003. Her first story, Tepith's Quest, turned out so horrendous that it has been relegated to the abyss in hopes it never breeds. It served its unfortunate purpose, and in April of 2013 Race Against the Dark didn't suck half as bad. After making many sacrifices to the writing gods in the form of hot chocolate and biscottis, she now considers it passable. We shall not speak of the first train wreck again. Move along.
When not creating worlds, people, or generally playing God, she plays MMORPG and single player video games, dabbles in website design, digital art, and watches obscene anime. She even sometimes deigns to talk to lesser mortals. However, she is shy, so if you see her, please bring cookies and chai latte, and carefully approach once your offerings have been devoured.
For information on upcoming releases, series timelines, and other nifty things, head over to jenniferamriss.com. She also posts updates to facebook.com/jenniferamriss. Sign up to her newsletter at jenniferamriss.com/newsletter/.
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I am going to have to decline reading the last two installments. I had a hard time following some parts in the first one. It started in the beginning; she finds Sol in the woods or a field, and she forms some sort of connection with him. Cuddling, staying close, forming something. Morough is totally not interested, pissed that she is even there and basically says there is no way for her to go back. Then time lapse a few hours I think, which are also hard to follow, and suddenly Mo finds her cute or something since it is from Ka'lei's point of view and she doesn't seem to know, out of no where. Sol and Mo get into it a little about it I assume, but never confirmed. Then Mo is all about protecting her. Something happens, that I can't remember trying to follow and she is out for a month, her cat lives, which I am glad to hear about and is never heard of again. Her and Mo get an actual, confirmed connection and the book seems to go smooth from there. A little confused how it got there but smooth. They have to travel, which goes smooth as far as following goes, a little bit of action and time lapses that are easy to follow. Then she is out for 2 weeks and then her and Mo get married, though there seems to be something between her and the father-in-law, but he gets over it good enough for the first book. Then the sex scene is where I had to call it quits. I couldn't, just couldn't follow. There was wine, and then there was magic to conceive, which I think is nice to want that, but timing is a thing. The foreplay is strange, but ok and then some how he is on the floor and out of breathe and they haven't even had intercourse yet. What!? I thought I missed it, and maybe I did. Holy cow it just gave me a headache.
Over all it seems like a great idea for a story, I just think it could have been approached better or differently.
Haylie, our super, amazing and very magical heroin, was taken at birth to be raised with the humans. Twenty years later, she is led to the land of the Elves. She meets her mate Morough. She has so much to learn, voices in her head, she can talk to horses, and no, she is not crazy. Ms. Amriss takes us on an amazing journey, I was spell bound and could not turn the pages fast enough. There is so much I want to write, but it would just give it all away, and spoilers are no fun.
I love an author that has an imagination, and is bold in creating the fantasy world in her books. Ms. Amriss is blessed with that gift. There was not a dull moment in this book for me, I loved going on the wild journey. I truly can not wait to read part two. Thank you Ms. Amriss for an exciting journey, a sweet love story, and meeting some exceptional Elves.
I freely volunteered to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
So it was no wonder that she thought she was losing it when she almost hit a horse who seemed to understand her, who wanted her to ride him (he bowed down) and takes her to an injured man in the forest. Even when he basically kidnapped her and brought her to his friends, she still thought she was going nuts. It wasn’t until she got sick and was pushed into remembering who she was….Ka’lei. An elf who was sent as a baby into the human world to protect her against an evil mother and something more sinister.
I absolutely loved that the elves could not only soul bond with their mates (bit of a spoiler but Morough and Ka’lei soul bonded) but with their mounts. And of course, Ka’lei bonds with what was probably scariest mount out there….a darksire called Culthar. See darksires are a man killing horses who eyes glow with a blue inner fire and who is magic neutral…which means that he can absorb magic. Their female counterparts are nightmares (which made me giggle a bit….lol) .
She got summoned to the Council and gets a surprise. Her mother, Lillias, was the current Queen of the Summerlands (Morough was the Prince of the Netherdark). When she was exposed, she tried to attack Ka’lei and ended up hitting the current King of the Netherdark….Iliastaire Lo’lorien. In an attempt to try to heal the King, Ka’Lei accidentally pulled his soul into her head. Whoopsie.
The love story between Morough and Ka’lei was fantastic. The sex scene was great….until it was pointed out that they had sex with the windows open so everyone could hear them. Then I got a little creeped out….as did Ka’lei. It was pointed out that royal newlyweds did that as custom to bless their people but still….ewwww. But before they had sex, they fell in love and their love story was so sweet. They had to be my favorite fictional couple🙂.
The subplot of Lillias and her crazy psycho ancestor that was trying to come back from the dead (she of the green eyes) was pretty good too. See Lillias, and Ka’lei, is a direct descendant of Syr’del….an evil elf who was killed ions ago by Morough but who’s spirit is still around and she wants someone to restore her body so she can unleash hell on the Summerland and take it over.
Not going to go much into the book after that. Put it this way, there are deaths and births. Some of the deaths were tragic and one death….well that person really had it coming to them.
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**