- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 636.0 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: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Picked this up on a recommendation and am so glad. The book is a richly described fantasy with magic and adventure woven through the tale of a young woman's struggle to be accepted. The writing flows easily and draws you into the whole adventure.
Raven is a ittle different to the norm and her life isn't made any easier by the woman who raised her. People she trusts turn against her, and the fears, doubts, and actions of those around her make her life a misery, until she meets the gorgeous Conner, but even he is hiding some terrible secrets from her.
I loved the characters in this book. Their flaws make them believable, thier special talents make them incredible. I found the whole thing thrilling, I particularly enjoyed the punishment one horrible character deservedly received. I shuddered in revulsion. (In a sort of satisfied way as the punishment was justified)
Make sure you have plenty of time when reading this book as you won't want to put it down.
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.
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.
Raven sees him seduce an Angressi man’s golden-haired daughter, Katra, and laugh because she’s jealous of kisses that obtained cures for his dog from the girl he calls a First Born savage. Heartbroken, Raven sees a lonely future, despite her magic powers that Margie covets, and her healing hands. The Angressi villagers accuse Raven and Margie of witchery, hurl stones, and give chase, intent on killing them. With nothing more than the clothes they are wearing Raven and Margie are forced to flee, but where? Is Margie wandering in her aging wits or is she Lady Margery Istentor, a high-born woman with a hold over Emperor Chactar who rules as a Living God in a far land?
Is that hold real? Will Chactar grant them sanctuary? Can Raven survive the fate of a Samara Maiden or suffer death at her saviours’ hands if Lady Margery fails protect her? Must she flee and face the danger from the Wyvern’s, the flaming creatures who would have taken her at birth, and have sought her, away from the protection of the woods, all her life? Every chapter, almost every paragraph, ends with a hook to tempt the reader on, right to the end.
This is a very different fantasy. It’s not based on a story that could stand alone as a thriller, as the best of that style of the genre do, or one that depends on instant violent action by werewolves, dragons and other mythical creatures to grab and hold a reader. It truly does start gently, but it’s impossible to leave unfinished if you read the first paragraph. Highly recommended.
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