Set in the fantasy world of Tallenmere, the high elf Caliphany Aranea longs to explore the world and escape from her controlling father. Her dreams are fulfilled when she meets ranger and ship captain Galadin Trudeaux. But, when secrets from the past bring tragedy to those she loves, Caliphany must fight to hold on to the life she’s always wanted.
Review: Ms. Parker takes us into the world of Tallenmore. A world filled with elves, fairies, wizards, trolls, half lings, and so much more. She did a nice job of blending the world of these magical beings, so that it was enjoyable and easy to imagine with a wonderful eye to detail.
We begin with headstrong Caliphany Aranea who wants to escape her controlling father in order to explore the world around her. When she is able to do this she was into ranger Galadin Trudeaux, with both finding themselves instantly attracted to one another. He has to save her from a couple of brutes who attempt to kidnap her only to have their plans foiled by Galadin.
Caliphany has a great take charge attitude that tends to get her into to trouble at times, especially when someone wants her to do something that she doesn’t quite agree with. More often than not this headstrong attitude gets her into trouble.
Gladin, as with most men, doesn’t want to admit that he is attracted to the beautiful, headstrong Caliphany. After all things can’t work out for them, he is of the working class and she is royalty. Despite the fact they are attracted to each other, have the same interests and seem to find they are falling in love with each other.
They each have to deal with the inner turmoil that they are in love, fight the past and secrets of said past. Caliphany doesn’t realize the pressure she puts on Galadin, leaving him feeling that he can’t do anything right or live up to her expectations, which leaves him feeling just a little unworthy of her. I think this comes from living such a sheltered overprotective life.
In defense of Caliphany , Galadin does have a dark past which leaves her leery of him at times, questioning as to whether she is able to trust him or not.
I loved the easy transition between the telling of the story with the different characters. It was written in first person narrative and when jumping from one head to the next it can become confusing. But, Ms. Parker did a good job.
I also felt that Ms. Parker held back a little. It seemed as if she wanted to take you further but held back a little. She would grab a hold of you the reader, reeling you, in only to let you go. Other than that it was a fun romance to read with the magic coming at you from all directions.
Magic and passion is well blended so that the reader isn’t disappointed. I look forward to the next in the series of the world of ‘Tallenmore’.