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M. L. Chesley is a fantasy author and mother of four children (two human, two fur). She's fluent in sarcasm and snark, traits only her family can adore. Even though fantasy is her love, she's branching out into genres such as romance and paranormal. Should things get out of hand, her loving husband is standing by her side, straight-jacket in hand.
W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh
on Nov. 16, 2014 :
The king and queen of Paridzule are dead, seemingly accidentally. Kayta and Hedrik are presumed dead. The only surviving heir to the throne, Senweis, is unwilling to take the succession. Fizanu, Goddess of Justice, has entrusted her priest, Black Rose, with a mission; the future of Paridzule depends on. Alabassin, son of the king of Relavia, was engaged to Kayta and has been thrown into the darkest recess of a dungeon by his father. His father wants to take over Paridzule and now would be a good time.
Black Rose has hired Nightshadow, an assassin, and four of the best warriors. His mission is to escort Kayta back to Paridzule. Kayta was rescued by the Pyrate Sorcha. She is physically recovering, but has lost her memory.
The characters of this fantasy novel made it a great read. I was pleased to see strong female characters like Nightshadow perfectly capable of standing for herself and of protecting her friends and allies. Even a female heir to the throne is expected to fight and serve her country, and Kayta can do it as skilfully as any male.
'Adversarius' is the first instalment of the trilogy 'Shadow of the Rose'. For many of its characters –elven, humans and ogres–, it is a quest for a better future. Their destinies could very well be entwined with the future of this world created by M. L. Chesley.
The story is flowing; the characters and their interactions are captivating, made even more alive by their accents. While I would have liked more details, M. L. Chesley's carefully polished style kept me reading and the cliffhanger left me looking forward to the sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)