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Darkspire Reaches by [Lesley, C.N]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 634 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books (16 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJE8RP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Raven can feel the call of the wyvern, even sheltered deep within the woods where she and Margie, an alchemist and botanical healer, live. As a baby Margie rescued Raven from being a sacrifice to the beast, hiding her away. The wyvern seeks her still. Unwilling to surrender that which was his, it will not rest until it has torn her to shreds, or so she was led to believe. Winter is coming, and with a new law passed outlawing magic and sentencing those who practice such crafts to death it seems those who make their living by potion and scrying are set to starve. With no other choice Raven and Margie are forced upon a journey, one where the true nature of all shall be revealed.

I picked up Darkspire Reaches because I was really craving a good high fantasy, and this book did not disappoint. I was hooked from the first page to the last. Invested in Raven's plight and drawn in to the world of magic and wyverns created by the author. The characters are diverse, entertaining, and most importantly bursting with real personality. This gripping tale with leave you wanting more right until the final page.
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I enjoyed this fantasy novel alot.
The author has a very good way of developing her characters, getting you engaged very quickly into the story.
Raven was a very likeable character, being abandoned at an early age, you quickly sympathise with her plight as she is abandoned as a sacrifice to the wyverns.
The story is definitely a page turner, and the story touches on society issues in a way that is done creatively through the fantasy genre, including race, inclusion and even rape. Some critics I can see were not impressed by this particular part of the book, however, the story develops well, the plot is written sympathetically and it is a key part of the story.
Well done!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! If had had to compare it with any well-know fantasy author I would probably say it was like the early Pern books. It has strong characters, Raven, her early mistress and the men in her life are all believable and well-rounded characters. The romantic interplay between them is what makes the book for me. I loved it. The fantasy world too is well drawn and believable and the plot twists and turns interestingly.
Highly recommended!
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C.N. Lesley has a wonderful imagination. She creates strong, sympathetic characters, fantastic, yet engaging worlds and brings the whole to life with elegant, stylish prose.

Darkspire Reaches is a dark tale, as it's title suggests, though sprinkled with comic touches. The story is well-paced, action packed and loaded with vivid imagery. Indeed, I can picture the book as a film, directed by Terry Gilliam, an epic fantasy that would hold cinema audiences enthralled.

Although this book is a fantasy, it is also a story of self-discovery. And, as with all the best fantasy, Darkspire Reaches has something to say about the present - it shines a light on our own corrupt, morally bankrupt, selfish times.

C.N. Lesley has a way of drawing you into her stories, of making you feel at home in her worlds; and thus entranced you feel reluctant to put the book down; you are tempted to linger, just a little longer, until you realise that you have no wish to leave.
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A real page turner. C N Lesley has a writing style that flows making you warm to the well drawn characters. I read Shadows Over Avalon and thought that was a good read but the author has endeared me to her cast and Darkspire Reaches became a compulsory read for me.

The main character, Raven is strong and readers will love her. Secondary characters equally have their own merits.
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fifteen-year-old Raven starts life as a foundling, a servant, bound by love to the only career she has ever known, Margie. She’s a healer, but also an outsider and in a small Angressi village, her dark hair colouring a tanned skin show her heritage as a firstborn, a wandering tribe of the north. Margie, tells Raven of the terrifying Wyvern, the winged beasts who the first born worship, and how Raven was left in the desert as a baby to feed the beast.

Raven's colouring betrays her as First Born, and when the book begins, she's spent most of her life enduring the lowest rung of society and the petty insults of her Angressi neighbours. All that changes as Margie begins to age, gradually growing senile and more attached to her past. That mental shift betrays Margie revels she is high-born (Angressi royalty). And when she decides to reclaim her rightful place by blackmailing the Angressi Emperor, Raven sees Margie for the cruel and evil person she really is, and Raven's life is now in imminent danger.

Ravern escapes the castle and men of the first born tribe find her. They take her back to their camp and she tries to make a home with her people. There she learns she really is a Samara Maiden, a magical being who must hold on to their virtue. She is betrayed again by someone she comes to think of as friend.
Raven is rescued from the clutches of death by the Wyvern, he takes her to the mountain fortress known as Darkspire Reaches, where the mysterious and dangerous, Connor, the Drakken lives.
But the tale doesn't end there, no it just gets more interesting, and Raven learns who, and what she is, and also what it means to be Drakken.

Well written and definitely worth a read.
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