Almost 3,000 years after an extinction-level event on Earth, mankind seeks to regain its former glory, in a new world where magic and technology collide.
Laney Herder, a commoner in the realm of Wexbury, finds herself thrust into the world of nobles and knights. At the side of her Lady Celeste, Knight of the Realm, she goes on an epic journey from being a simple chicken farmer to one of the greatest heroes of the realm, while helping the Lands of Sparo avoid a second Great Mage War.
Can kindness and innocence defeat the oncoming storm?
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Two thumbs way up
- Ariel Wirkus
A strong first novel
I listened to this book on my commutes. So it was free time, but it made the time go by.
Split between Laney and Celeste. Laney is our story teller so she is the deepest character and therefor automatically one of the most interesting. But i loved the image of the strong beautiful young woman in kinght's armor. (Though for some reason ny mind's eye sees her as blonde, even though the author tells us multiple times she's a redhead.)
No, first time. I was fairly impressed. The trope of giving nobility a britt-like accent is an old one but it works.
First off, lets be clear, this is a love story/action adventure between two young women. If that turns you off, it isn't for you.
The author has talent, but could have used a good editor. He has some trouble maintaining a separate "voice" for all his characters. In particular ALL his nobility say "Grand" when pleased. In one character's mouth, such an affectation helps create a unique personality. In many people's mouths, it muddies and confuses those lines of uniqueness.
He also at time uses repetitive phrases. A good editor would have pulled out both of these and made her re-write them.
- Jeffrey P. Kesselman