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Starfane Paperback – May 29, 2010
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About the Author
Lauralynn is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance books published independently. You will find everything from vampires and ghosts to elves and wizards in her novels and novellas. She enjoys putting a little bit of a different twist on some of the old ideas about our favorite fictional characters. Lauralynn lives in the southeastern United States with her husband of many years. She enjoys reading, playing computer games, and spending time with friends.
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Lauren Drake takes an interior decorating job at a Vermont mansion, and is drawn into a magical world held within a wall mural. Later, she meets Alex Wilder, her client’s son, who painted the mural while using drugs and exploring dark magic.
Now the painting is alive, but Alex, despite being a successful gallery owner, has lost the ability to feel.
The magical worldbuilding is rich and vibrantly textured, with shadowed places and dangers worthy of a fantastic wall mural. By comparison, the “real world” descriptions are often general and narrative, making it clear that Lauren might rather live in a fantasy world where everything is enchanted than a mundane reality filled with workaday problems.
Overall, I was less interested in Lauren’s fate,than that of the mural’s painter, Alex Wilder. Lauren’s backstory was vague, and didn’t carry heavy emotional weight or high stakes. By contrast, Alex’s history is mysterious and compelling, and his present troubling. Things seemed to mostly work out fairly smoothly for Lauren for much of the novel. More catastrophes in the decorating job, her past, or something else would have heightened my empathy for and interest in her, but, as written, she’s more like a catalyst in the more intriguing stories of three men – two magical, and one real.
Thel world in the mural holds dangers. Even when she’s been warned, Lauren doesn’t always pay attention. I held my breath when sh went back to her magical seducer to beg his help, at the risk of breaking an oath she made to her elf lover. The sacrifice, longing, and growing certainty that there will be trouble combine beautifully in this savagely tender scene.
Although I felt things worked out a bit too swiftly and smoothly, I cried at the resolution, which was logical and satisfying. I would have preferred more buildup and conflict as we reached that resolution point.
The author’s writing is, at once, straightforward and imaginative. The novel is very well-edited, with strong magical worldbuilding, and a cast of characters who behave in ways that are rational for them. Although some aspects of the plot were easily predicted, others kept me guessing. There were some nice twists, such as Jin the elf’s painful past, and his choice in friends. Overall, I would have preferred higher stakes, more tangles, and more surprises, but this was a fun, solid read. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, pleasing fantasy read that has romance and darker elements without becoming too heavy.
The author has a very stilted way of writing, with the dialogue between characters being especially dry.
As for the "twist" - Blind Freddy could have seen it coming!
Don't waste your money on this one!
At midnight Lauren can cross the threshold between the worlds. She loves Starfane and the friends she meets there. She also loves two very magical, very different men. Jin, the handsome elf and Marque, the gorgeous wizard. Lauren is warned about the darker side of Starfane but she cannot resist it's charms, nor the charms of Jin and Marque. And she knows that Starfane holds the key to why Alex is devoid of emotions.
Another amazing book by Lauralynn Elliott. Starfane is pure fantasy. From the portal to the creatures that live there. I could picture it all so clearly!
I loved Lauren! She falls for both heroes and want to help Alex as he confides in her more and more. And Alex - Lauralynn wrote him brilliantly!!! When he talks to Lauren about his life and wanting to feel emotions again, he may as well be talking about weather because he cannot feel sadness.
Starfane is an excellent read, I recommend it for fans of paranormal and fantasy books. The writing and descriptions are amazing, definitely on my read again list.