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5.0 out of 5 stars A good romantic/escapist fantasy novel that's worth a read!
One of the most common complaints that I've heard from non-fantasy readers is that there is no originality in it - that it borrows too much from other sources. This is a criticism that I totally disagree with. I don't think fantasy borrows any more than any other genre. I mean, come on, how many vampire stories have we had since the release (or even before) of the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Ranger's Tale
This was one of the most difficult books I have ever read. Beware this is awful, it read like a "Police statement", absolutely no warmth in it at all. Thank God I have better books to read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy romance, 1 July 2013
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C. Halford "Rookie Romance" (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Ranger's Tale (Paperback)
Originally published at The Rookie Romance Blog.

I enjoyed this fantasy romance a lot! It's set in the world of Tallenmere, where there's all sorts of creatures- fairies, mages, elves, halflings and humans. Mysti Parker does a wonderful job of building this magical world, but it's still so believable.

Caliphany is a high elf and niece of the King, her father is the arch-mage and Caliphany is expected to become a powerful mage and take over the mage academy. But this isn't the life that she wants for herself, she dreams of training as a ranger and exploring the world.
Opportunity presents itself when Galadin, a handsome half-elf and half-human ranger, rescues her from two thugs at the docks. Galadin agrees to train Caliphany whilst her father is gone from the city, and a forbidden attraction sparks betwen the two as they grow close together.

The chemistry between Galadin and Caliphany is strong, and despite the many obstacles between them they fall in love.
I loved Galadin, he's full of regret and guilt, but is at heart a good and kind man. Caliphany is a strong woman and chafes at the restrictions placed on her. She's very determined and knows what she wants from her life.

I loved that the story was written from 3 different perspectives, Caliphany's, Galadin's and Jayden's. It was great being able to see how they felt individually. Jayden comes to Caliphany's aid and gives her love when she needs it most, he's a very good man and I can't wait to read his story in Serenya's Song.

You'll be drawn into this magical world easily, and fall in love with Galadin, I promise!

*I received a copy of the book from the author, for my honest review. Thank you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a big romance reader but I loved it!, 21 Jun 2013
After a slow (but good) start A Ranger's Tale races along at a fast pace. There are secret organisations, pirates, ogres, trolls and all manner of fantastical creatures making for a great fantasy read but ultimately this is a romance.. The story is about Caliphany, sheltered daughter, full blooded elf & niece of the King of Leogard and Galadin Trudeaux, half human, half elf, ranger & ship's captain who meet when Cali is attacked by two men at the docks.

On discovering that Galadin is a ranger Cali decides to put into action her plan to break free from her stifling life & arranged marriage and begs him to train her so she can survive by herself. They have three months to do so whilst Cali's father is away and in that time the inevitable happens, Caliphany & Galadin fall in love although this is never admitted by either of them until, having been locked up by her disapproving father Cali escapes using her new-found skills and stows away on Galadin's ship. The pair declare their love for each other but unfortunately the path of true love never runs smoothly and tragedy strikes. This is where I fell out of love with the characters a bit as I'm not a fan of love triangles in the slightest and, considering her circumstances, Cali moved on a bit too quickly for my liking. Both men were interesting characters but it was blatantly obvious from the start who was a better fit and even though Jayden was her childhood friend he just didn't mesh as her husband. Thankfully, without being too spoiler-y, there's a happy ending for everyone involved!

A Ranger's Tale was well written and held my attention all the way through once I got sucked into the story, hard to believe it's a first novel at times. I loved the development of all the characters but especially Caliphany, she went from whiny & petulant (more like a teenager than a century old elf) to a strong, confident woman perfectly capable of looking after and making decisions for herself. I'm excited about reading the next instalment of Tallenmere, Serenya's Song, soon and hopefully it will be just as good as this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars fabulous fantasy, 16 Feb 2013
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petula winmill (malaga andalucia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Ranger's Tale (Paperback)
An exciting magical romance that has touches of nearly every genre. There are parts like historical. They use swords, bows and arrows alongside magic to fight. There is adventure with pirates, and of coarse paranormal with elves,mages, trolls and gremlins. Then over all that a spicy love story. I was caught right away by the story. Good strong characters that keep your attention all through. A fun light read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good romantic/escapist fantasy novel that's worth a read!, 30 Nov 2011
One of the most common complaints that I've heard from non-fantasy readers is that there is no originality in it - that it borrows too much from other sources. This is a criticism that I totally disagree with. I don't think fantasy borrows any more than any other genre. I mean, come on, how many vampire stories have we had since the release (or even before) of the Twilight series - or how many Sci-Fi stories have borrowed from Star Wars or the like?

The point I am trying to make is that a story does not have to be original for it to be enjoyable. It just needs to have a tight story and great characters. And this is where A Rangers Tale comes in, it won't win any awards for being the most original of stories - but for what it is, it is a really good story and worth a read.

The tale is another fantasy romance involving elves - but with more adult touches to it. There are times whereby the story boarders on being pornographic, but thankfully the author has enough respect to not go down that route. I personally found the romance between the two characters very well done and didn't feel forced like some other romance stories I've read.

The characters in the story are colourful and have enough traits to make them interesting. Cali is a very strong female lead - not too perfect, but not exactly a damsel in distress. She's a very likeable character and you support her in her journey based on what you know about her. Galadin was equally as good a male role, though he does come across as a bit of a bastard at times. The one character I felt sorry for was Jayden - although I'd spoil the surprise if I said why.

The pace of the story moves quickly - sometimes too quick. Plot points can be resolved as quickly as they are brought up with no real time to develop. Nevertheless, the chapters are very short and you can breeze through them in a matter of moments. I never once got bored reading this story.

My only minor gripe is a couple of anachronisms, when one character refers to another as being "robotic", or when some character says the words "thank God". These feel more like modern words and kinda out of place in this sort of world.

Whether you're looking for a good romance, or a good escapist fantasy, A Rangers Tale will satisfy both your needs. It may not be the most original of stories, but it's entertaining and a good read - and isn't that why we read these kind of stories in the first place?
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Ranger's Tale, 22 Oct 2014
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This review is from: A Ranger's Tale: Tallenmere, Book One (Kindle Edition)
This was one of the most difficult books I have ever read. Beware this is awful, it read like a "Police statement", absolutely no warmth in it at all. Thank God I have better books to read!
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