- Reviewed by: Scott Burkett
- Print Length: 56 pages
- Posting: M/M, M/M/M, Fantasy, Magical
- Publisher: Storm Moon Press LLC (December 21, 2011)
- Book Provided by: Author
- Author: Blaine D. Arden
- Posting Date: August 03, 2014
- Rating: 4 Star
I’ve never had a strong interest in Fantasy but for some reason this book had a pull that made me want to read it.
This was a fun and intriguing story made better by the landscape with which this author built through her words. There are 2 story lines running simultaneously and yet intertwined. Kelnaht is a Truth Seeker and is investigating the murder of a young elfin girl and is also crushing on the Forester at the same time. I will break this down into these parts.
The investigation really let the author take me to a wonderous new place. I was so intrigued with the societal hierarchy and the community in which our story takes place. There is a Council (governing body), Healers (Doctors), Guides (Clergy), Truth Seekers (Detectives). The main character is Kelnaht, a Truth Seeker he has magical powers that allow him to delve into the minds of the dead and the living, as well as the forces of Mother Nature to uncover the Truth. This murder/mystery story line was well written and like I said earlier it is the catalyst that brings this world to light.
The Love story is is a mixture of Taboo and following your heart. It is taboo in the sense that Kelnaht is seriously crushing on the Forester who has been shunned for 40 turns. Being shunned by this Society is just that, no one is allowed to use his real name nor even carry on a conversation with him, other than the Guide. The magical part of the story lent itself very neatly for me here, I am a believer in true love, a love that pulls you to another or others and this is the pull that Kelnaht felt towards Taruif (Forester) and Ianys (past lover). When you shed the expectations of society and accept what is in your heart, that is when you really open yourself up, and that is what happens in this story.
In a short span of 56 pages this book felt much larger, the author did a great job of filling the pages without rushing me as I was reading. The world in which the author painted, as beautiful as it is, lacked a few things for me. I really yearned to learn more details of the people such as, are they only 1″ tall or 4′ tall, are they green or flesh toned. The author did elude to it and I was able to imagine it in my own way. They live in trees and one character was hurt by a falling stick, this is what was given to let my imagination take over. As far as sex goes, I wasn’t impressed with what the author gave us in book 1, I am hoping that it is explored more in depth in the follow up book, which I am definitely going to be reading.
The Cover is beautiful and is a scene out of the pages.
The Book Description:
Kelnaht, a cloud elf, is a truth seeker caught between love and faith. Worse, a murder committed ten days before Solstice reveals an illicit affair between two tree elves he desires more than he can admit: Kelnaht’s former lover Ianys, who once betrayed him, and the shunned forester named Taruif, who is not allowed to talk to anyone but The Guide, their spiritual pathfinder. When Taruif turns out to be the only witness for the crime, Kelnaht has to keep Ianys from sacrificing himself and losing his daughter, while at the same time realising he’d gladly sacrifice himself to end Taruif’s loneliness.
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