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Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOOK REVIEW- THE STONES OF KALDAAR (Song of the Swords Book 1)


Taryn's life turned upside down as soon as she entered a portal with her grandfather, Brandt.  It leads into a  special cave that now places her in a new place, a different planet, a different world.   Everything changed in those moments.   She's been hidden from a world she knows nothing about to keep her safe until she reaches an age of maturity. Time isn't the same here as on Earth and she's even older than she thought, with a family that she didn't know she had.  A not very pleasant family at that.   According to everyone Aelinae is her real home world and suddenly she is supposed to pick up the heavy responsibility, that causes so many changes.  Its a world of magic, the magic of light and dark.  Its also a world of the question, "who really is a friend, and who is trying to use me?"  Taryn is used to living with discipline but even more so, her own free will.  She has mysterious powers and she accepts the help of Rhoane, a man who promises to protect her, but whom she's not sure she can trust.   As tensions mount and her loved ones are threatened, Taryn must confront an ancient enemy and stop a sinister plan to bring back a banished god. On Aelinae they say there can be no Light without Dark and no darkness without light.    To bring balance to this world, is what some say is her destiny.  All she knows is,  "She can't afford to fail."
One of the first things I noticed right away was that there sure seemed to be a lot of people in the story, and their numbers just seemed to keep increasing.  That made it a bit tough for me at first trying to keep them all straight.  That and the names of the animals as well.  The fantasy world itself was well built as was the many people that I mentioned.   Some of the strange names of items or phrases wasn't as hard for me to figure out, although there is a glossory at the back of the book if you need help.  That was a nice touch. 
Rhoane was someone that was a bit hard to get to  know at first.  Although he has promised to protect Taryn and seems to have her best interests at heart, there always seems to be more things that he hasn't told anyone; especially Taryn.  Not exactly awe inspiring when it comes to the trust being well developed between them.  Taryn did have a lot tossed at her all at once, so I can see where some things were held back from her.  I made for a good tension between Rhoane and Taryn. There is a bond between them, but they still have to work out their relationship, just like anyone else.  

On the downside for me, was the several times where it was woman on woman (man on man) sex scenes.  This made it hard for me in knowing how to rate this book.  The fantasy world, the people, their enemies, the magic, the animals, the culture of this place are in my mind done really well with an ending which left an opening for more adventures.  It ended some things, but didn't really completely end to my way of thinking.  
My last thought on the book?  Loved the cover picture for the Book!

“I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review”.

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