- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
The main character, Raven is strong and readers will love her. Secondary characters equally have their own merits.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a large fantasy reader, and that mostly is recent. But this goes beyond the standard dragon fantasy outline and is really about a young woman's journey of self-discovery, and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eve
I didn’t know I enjoyed fantasy novels until I read Darkspire Reaches. I picked up the book because I was intrigued by the cover, but after reading the first two pages, I just... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Raven is a healer. Abandoned at birth, and brought up by an old crone, she has a gift that gives her glimpses of a strange and disturbing future. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kathy Gates author
The author eschews the traditional hook chapter to get the blood racing and the heart pounding and catapult you into the first act of the story, where you’ll need the hook to get... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ian
I was immediately drawn to the book by the sight of the cover, and couldn’t wait to start reading. Although the idea of fantasy is not my top priority in reading, I was impressed... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael N.Wilton
Wow, that’s a fantasy you don’t want to miss! I don’t know what was better, the protagonist Raven and how she gradually evolved from a mistreated orphan to a strong-willed and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
C.M. Lesley is a gifted storyteller who weaves an enchanting fantasy world that has its beginning shrouded in mystery. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
The superb cover art attracted me to this book. The contents did not disappoint.
I love this type of fantasy that is full of characters that you can love, and love to hate. Read more
A strong start introduces us to an interesting, capable foundling with a lot of compassion plunged into danger as she struggles to navigate her mysterious origins. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christine Vann
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