Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger's Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya's Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, came out in June 2013. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind's 'Sword of Truth' series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.
Mysti's other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She serves as a class mentor in Writers Village University's seven week online course, F2K. Currently, she's working on her first historical romance and has two children's books in the the hands of a hard-working agent.
When she's not writing, Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder's Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.
on March 20, 2015 :
Mysti Parker reconciled me with Fantasy. Don't take me wrong, I always liked Fantasy. I just hadn't read one in a while. There was a time when that was all I ever read so maybe I got tired of it. The formula for Fantasy (elves, dwarves, orcs, etc) is usually always the same. Authors are doing all they can to create new worlds. While Parker's story has its own, the emphasis is on the characters and on the small details around them, so it's through them that we learn of their world and not with long descriptions.
The story is written in the first person POV. The protagonists telling the story alternate throughout the book, but it's well defined so I never got lost. While I found the story itself a bit predictable in a way that I could guess where it was heading, it never deterred me from continuing to read. The words flowed on the pages and the first thing I noticed I was at the end.
The characters were great; however, there were times where I wanted to shake the main protagonist, Caliphany, and tell her, "Why do you react so badly to what he tells you? Why the sudden change of heart?"
Now, people who know me know that I hold a special place in my heart for male protagonists. Galadin didn't fail me. Like Cali, he had his moments, but his felt more natural, less sudden…less PMS. As for Jayden, he left me cold at first, but I warmed up to him, and now I'm looking forward to read his own adventure in the second book of the series.
Recommendations: you don't need to be fan of fantasy to love this book. Sure, there are elves, wood elves, dark elves, high elves, dwarves, even fae people with wings, but don't let that stop you if you're not a fan of the genre. They are just characters in a great story.
(reviewed long after purchase)