by Deleyna Marr
In a land where light and dark are bastions of power, the Draska are healers and magicians of the Light. Elainya and her beloved Drenil serve in the court of King Cydril. But Cydril covets Elainya for his own.
When the king threatens Drenil's life, a mysterious traveler helps the couple escape. But not all helpful travelers can be trusted.
Eighty years later, Elainya awakens as if from a restless night's sleep. She is greeted by Nian, servant of the traveler-demon known as the Shadow Lord. Nian informs her that her beloved is dead, the kingdom at war, and the Draska destroyed by a plague that only she could have prevented.
Caught between the powers of Shadow and Light, Elainya must find a way beyond her grief to defeat the demon, redeem the kingdom, and restore a magical race doomed by her own desperation.
If you're into fantasy, magic, eternal love, and the battle of dark against light, this book is for you. I was pulled into the story from the beginning and happily kept on till the end. While the story has a satisfying ending, I would love to see a sequel to find out what the future holds for these characters. I definitely recommend it.
I’m not typically a fantasy reader but a friend recommended this book. I found the storyline to be original and compelling. It’s the first paper book I’ve read from start to finish in years - so that’s saying a lot about the suspense and intrigue. I love the characters and agree with other reviewers - a sequel must be procured!
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