The Kingdom of Aelethia has been quiet for five hundred years, but the Dark One is rising from out of the depths. All of Aelethia will perish unless the Chosen One comes forward to save them. Unfortunately, the Chosen One doesn’t know her destiny in the world; she only knows she is odd and confused about where her destiny lies.
She wants to find love, but the men in her life that actually love her, she cannot have, and the only one that wants her is as evil as they come. The elves know of her destiny and must tell her and train her in time, in order to fulfill the prophesy that has been laid out before her.
Can she become the person they have waited for? Can she, in time, destroy the evil that is threatening to overtake her kingdom? With friends to guide her and a man to whom she truly loves beside her, she may be able to save Aelethia.
My ****4 Star Review****
I found myself surprisingly impressed by Dark One Rising. After reading the blurb, I expected to enjoy it, but I expected it to have more romance. Now don’t get me wrong. There’s romance! But, it’s not a book that I’d categorize as a romance. I’d stick this in the fantasy category. If you follow my reviews then you know that I’m a romance gal. But, I am open to most all genres. It just really has to be a good book to catch my attention if it’s not a romance. This book accomplished that!
I’d also add that this story isn’t strong on the emotions, and I didn’t find myself deeply connected with any of the characters. So, again, I was surprised that it still intrigued me as much as it did. Unfortunately I can’t exactly put my finger on what it is about the book that did pull me in. I can’t even say that it’s the writing style. It just might be the strong good vs. evil plot. Melenthia represents all that is good, and Fallon is so brilliantly depicted as pure evil. You can FEEL the conflict!
I do have to warn you that it has a cliffhangerish ending. The story starts to drag a bit towards the end, but I think it’s the authors way of bringing it to a close, but don’t fear, the second book is already available!
*I received a copy via Inkwater Press in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author ~ Leandra Martin
Leandra Martin was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts. From early on she was a book worm, reading anything she could get her hands on, but her biggest love was fantasy/science fiction, like the works of David Eddings and Roger Zelazny. As a child she wrote a couple of children’s books, but knew that writing a novel was what she wanted to do. She received an AA degree in Broadcasting/Communications, spent a few years in radio, and participated for many years in community theater. She currently lives in Oregon with her husband, two boys and their blue eyed canine named Jett.