Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Ranger's Tale: Tallenmere Novel, Book 1

Author:  Misti Parker

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

Adult Content: 18+

Rated: 4 Stars


In the high elf city of Leogard, an elven noblewoman longs to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wants nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done...

Caliphany Aranea, nearly a century old, leads an enviable life as high elf King Leopold's niece and daughter of Sirius, Leogard's most famous wizard. She is expected to follow in her father's footsteps to lead the Mage Academy and to marry a man she doesn't even like. Yet, she craves a taste of life outside the city walls.

As a young boy, half-elf Galadin Trudeaux witnessed his parents' death at the hands of pirates. After being raised by those same murderers and forced to do their bidding, he escaped and now lives an honest life as a sea merchant and ranger.

When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap Caliphany while she dreams of faraway lands, Galadin comes to her rescue. Impressed by his skills, she asks him to train her as a ranger. Though he is hesitant at first to train a woman of her class, Caliphany's hefty sack of gold finally persuades him. Unfortunately, her father is not amused, and the two must escape before Caliphany faces a forced marriage and Galadin faces a noose.

From that moment on, to the finale, where Caliphany must decide where her heart truly lies, she and Galadin embark on a fateful journey that will change their lives forever. Can they survive the trials and tragedies ahead to find a love that stands the test of time?

Read this exciting first book in the standalone Tallenmere series to find out!


I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Initially, I felt uncertain how to approach a review for this story. So to be fair, I read it twice. Yes, it is engaging enough to read more than once. 

I felt that the plot would have held more intrigue and longing if it had been written from the female protagonist's point of view only. However, the transitions between the point of views were smooth and interesting. 

Every sentence revolving around magic filled me with me excitement.  I enjoyed the journey with Cali as she easily overcame obstacles that would have been impossible feats had she stayed in her homeland. She would have never been able to master the arts her domineering father subjected to her without circumstances to match her restlessness. 

The point of view from the primary male protagonist, Galadin, filled me with wonder as Cali's curious delights and adventures restored to him a vigor-filled essence. My heart ached from his troubled
past. His quest for retribution and self-denial lead me to praise him. 

As I previously stated, the level of romance would have created a more anticipatory atmosphere. The writer was still able to capture it beautifully and nothing felt amiss. 

Other reviews held complaints of Cali's whining and weaknesses. I, on the other hand, appreciate how she is portrayed. Our weaknesses make us real and we all feel the need to whine from time to time. Her characters are portrayed as real people handling life and tragedy in real ways. There was no facade of supernatural strength to quickly overcome the deepest wounds of the heart.

The scenery is explicitly beautiful. 
There was no onslaught of useless adjectives, but descriptive to the point of being able to see these places and be there by means of the written word. Excellent work. 

The combats, the adventures, and the adult content are all amazing. 
The moments of reconciliation were honestly heart warming. And the end... You should experience for yourself. 

I HIGHLY recommend this book. I, myself, will venture through it many times over. 


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