Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Review: The Carnelian Legacy!


I’ve recently been given the opportunity to read and review Cheryl Koevoet’s debut novel, The Carnelian Legacy!
She warned me that as a fantasy romance, it may be slightly outside my (somewhat bloodier and goblin-ier) tastes.  I told her I’d give it a chance.  Besides, I could use a lesson in writing love stories!

Here’s a blurb on the book:

Marisa MacCallum always believed the man of her dreams was out there somewhere. The problem is—he’s in a parallel universe.

After the death of her father, eighteen-year-old Marisa’s life is on the verge of imploding. She seeks comfort on her daily ride in the woods of Gold Hill but when a mysterious lightning storm suddenly strikes, Marisa is hurled into the ancient alternate dimension of Carnelia.

There she meets the arrogant but attractive nobleman, Darian Fiore. With no hope of returning home on her own, Marisa must join Darian on a risky mission to negotiate peace with his cousin and archenemy, Savino da Roca. As she struggles to survive a world teeming with monsters, maniacs and medieval knights, Marisa sees a softer side of Darian and begins to fall in love. But when she discovers he is locked into an arranged marriage, her heart shatters.

After Savino falls for her charms and demands her hand in marriage in exchange for peace, Marisa is faced with an impossible choice: marry the enemy of the man she loves or betray them both and become the catalyst for a bloody war.


I’d like to just say I’m glad I gave this fantasy romance a try!  As a fan of all things spectacular and fantastic, I love the idea of being swept away with no warning to a land far more majestic than our own.  I loved the different castles and settings.  I love the suits of armor and guards and all things of battle that conflict necessitates.

Though it is a true love story at heart, this book contains elements every fantasy fan would enjoy; political intrigue, murderous conspiracies, ice caverns and yetis, spooky forest trails with ambushes, diabolical princes, flying fish (I mean REALLY flying fish!) and simmering promises of war.

This is a story of a girl thrust into a new world, forced to find her voice and take a stand.  But throughout lies an underlying theme, be it hope despite death of loved ones, faith in the unseen, trust in total strangers or self-sacrifice for the better good.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, fantasy fans and romance fans alike should read this book!  Have a look at Cheryl's website or blog below, there is much more information to be found about her, the book and the series! 
Twitter: @CherylKoevoet
YouTube link to the book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyuB51AMvEE

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