Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Review: A Ranger's Tale (Tallenmere #1) by Mysti Parker
A Ranger’s Tale (Tallenmere #1)
In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, the high elf, Caliphany Aranea, nearly a century old, has never been allowed to travel farther than a few miles out of the capital city of Leogard. Her father, Sirius, leads the Mage Academy, and after losing his only son, he expects Caliphany to take his place one day. The trouble is, she doesn't want to study magic and doubts she'll ever be as good a wizard as her father. She dreams of leaving Leogard to explore the world and strike out on her own--lofty goals for Sirius' daughter, who also happens to be King Leopold's niece.
When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap her while she dreams of faraway lands, half-elf ship captain and ranger, Galadin Trudeaux, comes to her rescue. From their first chance encounter, to the finale, where Caliphany must decide where her heart truly lies, she and Galadin will face more adventure, more love, more heartache, than they ever thought possible. Through it all, they discover the power of forgiveness and of a love that stands the test of time.
I really enjoyed this Fantasy, Wizards, mages, spells, and magical powers with lots of action entrance you right away and the romance was weaved within the story perfectly as were the love scenes that were described with creatively written clean taste that left you with all kinds of erotic visions to imagine. The story grabbed me right away with the rebellious daughter of a master wizard who wanted nothing to do with the controlled life that was set before her.
Cali, a beautiful high elf with long golden hair and blue eyes wants more out of life than following in her father’s footsteps and having her life planned out for her with an arranged marriage to a man who she didn’t love. She wanted to see the world and experience life and discover who she was.
Galadin, ½ Elven and ½ human is whisked from his mother and father as a small child and raised on the rough seas by pirates until he is old enough to stand on his own. Changing his life by helping capture the rouge pirates, he makes plenty of enemies along the way but his good doing of helping others out does the evil past he had to live to survive.
When Cali and Galadin meet, the attraction is undeniable and Cali is determined to change her life by getting Galadin to train her skills in archery and in hunting so she can protect herself once she leaves the confinement hold of her fathers. Cali’s father learns of this training, he locks her up in a room and refuses to let her out until she agrees to marry a mage she despises.
Cali’s rebellion refuses and cloaks herself invisible with magic and escapes her confinement and ends up on Galadin’s ship as a stow away. Cali forces Galadin to take her away to another island but Galadin can’t just drop her off to fend for herself and finds himself drawn to protect her from her father’s hunting party.
Cali and Galadin’s adventure is exciting, intense, and shocking as their romance blooms. The story is full of friendship, love, betrayal, loyalty, and death. The ending was very intense but glad it finally ended in a HEA.