M. L. Chesley is a Washington based author, online blogger and gamer chick. She has been writing fantasy for several years. Between writing, work and family she barely has time for much gaming, but some days, raids take precedence over all. If you would like to learn more about her world, created in this book, go to her blog at www.caledonialass.blogspot.com.
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Adversarius, Shadow of the Rose: Book One
Two kingdoms. Two goals. The race of a lifetime.
The neighboring kingdoms, Paridzule and Relavia, have been at war for over five hundred years. An accidental alliance is about to be formed when Kayta, daughter to the King of Paridzule, becomes secretly engaged to Alabassin, heir to the Relavian throne.
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- If I Die Young
on May 25, 2011
"If I Die Young" by Talia Jager
Caelyn Noel is your ordinary teenager. Maybe not as active as some of her friends, due to asthma, but she still has the usual problems. Getting homework turned in, final exams, breaking up with her boyfriend.
Just as she gains interest in the cute boy she's liked for years, things take a turn for the worse and she collapses at school. Her heart is giving out and she is in desperate need of a new one.
All of Caelyn's friends seem to disappear except for Lindsay, her best friend. Her parents are by her side every step of the way, so she isn't entirely alone. But what about love? What if she dies without having found the love of her life? When she meets Austin Walker, she thinks that maybe she does have a second chance at love at the very least. Is he the one for her?
"If I Die Young" is a must read for any young adult. It is a sweet romance and filled with Caelyn's trials and tribulations as she deals with heart disease and facing death. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Caelyn's situation is a bit terrifying, a lot for a young girl to go through, yet she soldiers on. I don't want to give too many details away, I just suggest you read it for yourself!
~M. L. Chesley, Fantasy Author
- The Book of Deacon
on Dec. 23, 2011
I've said it before and I will say it again... I'm a sucker for fantasy. I liked this book. Joseph Lallo has a nice writing style and the story flows really well. I do have to admit, I saw a lot of typos, grammatical errors and repetitiveness. Those are probably the worst comments you'll see from me about this book. However, these are critiquing comments.
The story of Myranda and her faithful reptilian companion is a very good one. It is the first in a series and I am looking forward to the next two books. There are some interesting creatures in this story, different views on magic and how the characters utilize it. I also have to say, that while this is fantasy, the story may be long, but it keeps going and only slows down ever so slightly. Not enough to bore you, though. I've read some books that you just wish they would get on with it, but this story is one that delivers just the right amount of information as it goes along. The information given paints the picture of the world that Myranda lives in and even though it is in some pretty heavy turmoil, there are areas I would love to see in real life, of course.
on April 21, 2013
I have to say that this book really caught me off guard in a good way. This is some serious, classic fantasy. This is sword and sorcery, high fantasy, epic, hard fantasy, you name it. Don't let the size of the book put you off, it is long, yes. However, this is a world that needs some time to be built in the reader's eye and with good reason and fabulous end results.
Kyrus is just an ordinary man making a living at something he's good at. He never suspects that his dreams might actually be real somewhere else.
Brannis is your literal Knight in shining armor kind of guy and even though he's surrounded by magic on a daily basis and should be able to practice it, he simply thinks his dreams are showing him what life could have been like.
There is so much detail I could get into, but I did love this book. Fantasy will always be my first love. But I do have to say this: the book had a bit of a slow start, but it's worth it. It wasn't mind numbingly boring, it just built the details you needed to know through the characters and dialogue. Once things got rolling, very hard to put it down. I know lots of people out there who will look at the cover of a book and might be tempted to bypass this one because of the simplicity, but don't! The intricate tale told within will have you ignoring that in no time.