Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Joni Parker - Spell Breaker

20. Spell Breaker by Joni Parker (2015)
The Chronicles of Eledon Series Book 1
Length: 345 pages 
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 1 May 2017
Finished: 31 May 2017
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Joni Parker and to Dorothy at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read. I also downloaded a second copy of this book for free from Amazon.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 19 July 2016 as a physical book; Since 7 October 2016 as an ebook.
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

After spending one thousand years stranded on Seaward Isle - exiled from their home world of Eledon, and trapped by a ring of relentless storms - the Elves have finally found a way to escape from the secluded island. Their escape is entirely due to the magical nature of a half-elfin sixteen-year-old girl. Lady Alexin Dumwalt - an orphaned half-elfin tracker and descendant of the Titans - has somehow managed to break through the ring of perpetually raging storms that surrounds the island. Despite her obvious delight at releasing the inhabitants of Seaward Isle - Alex is still reluctant to celebrate their freedom right away; as she can sense that whatever has imprisoned the inhabitants on the island, is determined to retaliate against them.

Nevertheless, Alex is absolutely delighted to have found an escape from Seaward Isle - for all those who want to leave, at least. Although, she herself has a certain amount of ambivalence towards the situation. Despite her personal misgivings, she joins the exodus of Elves, Dwarves, and mortals who stream through the entry point into the land of Eledon. According to the Elves - once they return home - a second entry point will be created to allow the mortals to go back to their own realms.

Although she was born and raised on Seaward Island, Alex has only recently connected with the elfin side of her family. With the recent discovery of an entry point between Seaward Isle and Eledon, Alex is faced with an extraordinarily difficult decision. Her grandmother Lestin - a Water Elf and a high-ranking member of the House of Oceanus - expects Alex to live with her in Eledon; forsaking her tracker's lifestyle, and fully accepting her new place within the House of Oceanus. However, Alex was born and raised as a mortal, so she is not quite sure how her arrival in Eledon will be received.

Apparently, the price that must be paid for success is terribly steep. Alex wasn't entirely certain how the Elves of Eledon would treat her, but she never believed they would actually attempt to ostracize her. Despite having elfin relatives, Alex still notices that her recent arrival to Eledon is met with equal parts suspicion and hostility. Yet, she will soon be faced with an extraordinary dilemma: either to stay with her family in Eledon or to strike out on her own into the mortal world.

It is her mixed blood - Elf and mortal - that forces Alex to make such a tough choice. She must make her choice soon; yet whatever she decides to do next can never be reversed. Apparently, the special entry point that was created for the mortals will only remain open for a short period of time. So, what will Alex do?

I must admit that reading this book took much longer than I expected. However, this was entirely due to my own leisurely pace of reading, and nothing else. I was delighted to be able to reacquaint myself with many of the same characters that I had met in The Seaward Isle Saga. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and am looking forward to reading further books in the series. I give Spell Breaker by Joni Parker a definite A+!

A+! - (96-100%)

May you read well and often

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