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- Print Length: 220 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07377LXK2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Sword of Fortune and Fate: Dare Valari Book 1 Kindle Edition
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Darelynn Valeri, known as Dare, is a spirited, fierce and loyal young noblewoman who finds herself on the wrong side of fortune when she threatens the crown Prince. Prince Jasper is an easy villain - cruel, petty and vindictive there isn't much to him beyond that. Married to Dare's older sister Gwen he thrives on hurting others.
Of course his parents are the kindest souls, who don't see a reason to curb their son's increasingly cruel actions. I always hate royals like this; he is obviously a vicious person why would you leave him in power? By the end of the book he doesn't even make a secret of his vileness. Yet no one steps up against him openly.
Meanwhile Dare finds herself in "the Blights", a generic sort of slum area of the town surrounding the castle. Lawlessness, thievery and worse live in this place...not that Dare ever really experienced this. She stumbles upon the one man who can basically shield her from all the depravity of the Blights.
And from there it all sort of works it self out. Dare finds odd jobs that keep her busy, makes reluctant friends that keep her safe and builds a life she enjoys despite everyone (literally everyone) telling her the Blights were not a home a to build upon.
I spent much of this book waiting for a twist or inventive way to the writing, but neither occurred. The beats were predictable and the outcomes well tred. Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy the book - Dare is, aside from being extraordinarily lucky, at least able to recognize her limits after a while. She doesn't necessarily grow as a character here, but she learns an appreciation at least.
In the end the story and characters are somewhat one dimensional, but the book is an engaging way to pass the time quickly.
I would definitely recommend this book to any fantasy reader.
I never tire of being amazed at the way an authors mind works, Devyn must have loved every second writing about Dare - the noblewoman turned exile after confronting the kingdom's heir and challenging him to a duel (way to go Dare). Imagine being able to lose yourself totally in another world, another era and to be able to share that world with those that read your written word.
I like the castle scene, it showed me the luxuries one could have in that lifetime, knowing what is expected of that role in life. It is a very structured yet safe and secure (or so one thought) way of life. Then going from that luxury to living among a place filled with the kingdom's criminal element, alone, scared, unsure where to find food and shelter, or if it will be safe. Being scared yet excited with a newly found freedom albeit it a forced upon exile. Will Dare survive living beneath her station.
The characters make you want to be a part of that life, to travel, with Dare, through a time of grief and despair from losing everything and everyone you have ever known to accepting what life throws at you, Dare is strong willed if somewhat unaware of potential dangers in her new life. Then there is Blaze, a criminal who runs things in the Blights, everyone is terrified of him, well everyone it seems except Dare. Then there is Garren, the older brother of Dare's best friend, of the king 's guard. That is just a few characters, the type that will make you smile when asked to describe them.
Devyn gives us the reader a very well written story, there was nothing I did not like and it all flowed beautifully. I will definitely will be fan stalking you now Devyn, I love your work.
A good book for most ages, no sexual content and minimal violence.
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