PHOENIX, PERADON # 1, by DACCARI BUCHELLI, Self-Published

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OVERVIEW:

No power is greater than the one you’re willing to sacrifice.

Princess Violetta Flame lives her life according to rule, but those rules require her to pay a heavy price. Haunted by a devastating loss, she longs for freedom. When a handsome ruler takes a special interest in her, she senses greater things lie ahead, but behind the handsome façade lies a dark secret – one that can usurp her efforts and cast her back into the life she detested.

The throne was never promised to Emperor Ryore Frost, but now that he has ultimate power, his world is filled with possibilities. Citizens bow at his feet, but their fleeting adoration is no match for his obsession with the young Flame Princess. As his feelings for the staunchly independent princess grow, a new threat emerges, bent on undermining his efforts and betraying his sensibilities.

When past tragedies, malevolent behaviour, and strong wills collide, which will reign supreme?

MY THOUGHTS:

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This is an elemental fantasy involving four kingdoms and all the strife and mishaps that comes with them.

I found this story quite by accident and after reading the premise, I wanted to read more. I found that the author’s voice is intriguing and she can certainly weave a good tale. Her story is mostly plot driven, a plot that flows and transitions from one plot element to the next easily and smoothly. She captivated me and held me close throughout the journey. Her world building is lyrical and clever and yes, a map would benefit her story greatly. The magic system is enticing and I really love how it’s introduced and built up.

Character development lacked greatly for me. I just couldn’t connect with the characters enough to enjoy them and what was happening around them. There was a potential to relate since their problems seemed realistic enough. I think a character map and description fully fleshed out would have helped with this. At times, the characters even became dull and stoic which hurt the story pace. The other thing that annoyed me was the lack of editing. This certainly needs to be fixed. If done, wow, look out! This author will become a force to contend with.

I gave this book:

4_stars_gold1

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