The Legend of the Raie'Chaelia #1
by Melissa Douthit
Kindle Edition Available
When Chalice sets off for Branbury in the middle of the night with her grandfather's instructions, she has no idea of the dangers that await her. The King's men have destroyed her home village of Canton and she is suddenly thrown into a Terravailian world that she does not know. Lost and alone, she is hard pressed to evade the iron grasp of the madman who rules the land. With the help of a friendly Chinuk, an old man, and a book that she discovers along the way, not only does she find true friends and true love, but she also finds her true self and what it means to be the Raie'Chaelia.
O.Scarlett! REVIEW by Rachel
On the plus side - I enjoyed the premise of the story. It has a great plot with plenty of twists and turns and interesting new things to "see". There are ideas to ponder and several interesting characters. On the one hand, you can see a definite genius of an idea and some areas of the book were absolutely brilliant. The plot is entertaining enough to keep most teens and pop culture kids on the edge of their seats, and will keep most others at least curious to find out how they are going to solve several of the pressing problems that abound during the book.
It has so much potential.
Really - I wanted to like the book, especially since I can relate to the authors background, and because there are several aspiring writers in my family as well. New authors deserve a fair shake and a good reading.
This book needs a talented editor ... not for the grammar - I really didn't see very many blaring typos or grammar problems ... but to iron the rough spots.
This book is like an nice party dress ... that got left in the dryer and nobody had time to iron. I'm sorry - but there it is. Maybe I've just spent far too much time helping edit papers and essays for my students.
First I read all of the negative reviews - and I'll have to say I agree with them.
- There is a 28 hour day.
- This is the Earth of today - thousands of years in the future and after an ice age.
- The Earth spins backwards and has two moons.
- The people were underground when the second moon appeared, so they don't know how it got there. After the earthquakes, some people began to develop special powers, and eventually the people came back up to the surface to a lush green planet.
Genre/Theme: Fantasy, Post Apoctolyptical, Magic
Reading Level: Teen
Profanity: Moderately Low with some exclamations and language
Sexuality: Higher end of Subtle