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River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.
on Aug. 08, 2014 :
What a fantastic adventure! I felt as if I traveled this strange, wonderful land with David and his friends. An exciting and imaginative read. Can't wait to see what happens next!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 31, 2014 :
With hints of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, crossed with Game of Thrones perhaps, River Fairchild’s Diamonds and Dust introduces readers to a beautifully imagined magical world, where women weave powers for men to wield, and satyrs are just one of the strange creatures yet to be met.
Shaylar itself is a fallen kingdom, its jewel and its magic long lost. The kingdoms of men strive to keep the magic going, while neighboring realms waver between wanting more power for themselves and wanting balance restored. Enter David, via a curious portal from earth, seeking to recover or escape the memories of his lost father. And just maybe, enter David’s father, many years before.
When dreams of superpowers threaten to come true, and when the path ahead is unclear, will David return to the known world or continue into mystery? Two girls love him, one magic binds him, a jewel beckons, and mysterious strangers seem bent to twist his path. Some seriously sensual scenes might suggest this book’s for mature readers only. But it’s beautifully intriguing, set in a wonderfully well-wrought world, and the smooth clean writing offers only a very occasional glitch to slow you down. Highly recommended adult fantasy, my only complaint is I want to read book two!
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy by the author and am looking forward to reading the sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 08, 2013 :
David Alexander gets an offer for an archaeological dig that he cannot pass up. It might also help him find his father who has been missing for seven years. Exploring the cave, David is thrown into another world where all the crazy fantastical things his father talked about were real. He meets an odd group of friends on his quest to find his father, and on the way, discovers he is the heir to the lost ancient kingdom of Shaylar. All David wants to do is find his father and go home, but the land calls to him and he cannot ignore its call. Yet the call may lead David to his death and this entire beautiful world's.
A spectacular beginning to the series. The reader is swept into this wonderful fantasy world with wizards, satyrs, and dragons. The people are varied and the politics are thick. David is a highly likable hero that inspires loyalty from those who follow him. Sometimes trust in those he cares for can make him blind, but his heart is true. My favorite characters include his strange group of friends. Rhone the fierce Dreean warrior, Lothan the quirky half-satyr, and Mira the mysterious thief. Each individual is well drawn and fascinating. Plus, the D&D geek in me loves that they make the perfect adventuring party!
Along with great characterization and world building, the book is beautifully written, even poetic in parts. A lot happens in this story, but the reader isn't rushed along nor is the pace too slow. There's time to enjoy the read and get absorbed in the amazing fantasy land River Fairchild has created.
I can't wait for the next installment!
(reviewed the day of purchase)