Eternal Destiny by Tahlia Newland

Eternal Destiny

by Tahlia Newland

Genre: Paranormal, Metaphysical, Fantasy

Five stars

In the stunning conclusion to the Diamond Peak series, Ariel continues on to the end of her journey up the Mountain to reach Diamond Peak, defeat the final demon enemies, Cogin and Rasama, and free humanity from the Serpentine infection. Along her journey she struggles with the valid fear of losing those close to her who she has grown to love. Her romance with Nick has strengthened into true love, and now she must face the danger of losing him or him losing her on their mission.  Her confidence and Nick’s jealousy face their greatest challenges yet. Will she complete the dangerous task and fulfill the prophecy, or will she and her friends succumb to the murderous demons all around?

Eternal Destiny is now one of my favorite in the series along with the first book, Lethal Inheritance. Tahlia has achieved a brilliant balance of adventure, fantastic description, and heart-tugging feeling.

The deep connections between the members of the crusade to free the world drew me into their strong camaraderie and deep purpose. The universal story of suffering, sacrifice, and salvation light up this ending to a complicated, thrilling adventure.

Tahlia’s signature fantastic descriptions of inner battles made manifest in real life have reached their pinnacle along with Ariel. As with the other books in the series, Tahlia packed  Eternal destiny with magical, spiritual feats and battles. The mystical summit of Ariel’s journey and the epitome of her spiritual progression burst out onto the pages in a vivid illustration of the author’s ideals.

Everything I really want to say will reveal the ending to the story, but I will say that the ending contains surprises, but not so many that I felt cheated of the ending I wanted to see and plenty to prevent me from thinking it at all formulaic. Tahlia has pulled out all the stops for a true triumph of her own!

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The Warden Threat by D.L. Morrese

The Warden Threat, Book #1 of Defying Fate

by D.L. Morrese

Genre: Science Fiction

Prince Donald is an “extra prince”, a fourth child and third son in the Royal Family of Westgrove.  He is treated like a child and considered to be a consolation for the queen so she has someone to mother. Donald longs to become a hero and matter in the world. He is permitted to tour the country and attempt his heroics with the guidance of Kwestor, an experienced ranger and pessimist. Along his journey, Donald’s view of life expands with each day. He learns to view the people of his country as people, not just a mass of peasants. He learns about laundry and cooking, and at last, adventure. He also learns much about disappointment. Muce, a “Notso” (not so tall as the tallfolk, not so fair as the fairfolk) joins him along the way and helps him connect with the people of the kingdom. The three stumble at last upon adventure, and Donald leads them out of the country to discover the truth about “The Warden”, a great stone statue said to possess great powers. What they learn is not what Donald expected, but is nonetheless, a true threat.

DL Moresse has woven a complex tale about adventure, not of action, but of truth and life. Donald, a typical bored teen, is slapped in the face by reality.

DL’s book is filled with dry, ironic humor that adds to the sense of growing up and finding depth in the world. Subtly, through the idiocy of some characters and the wisdom of others, he guides the prince through the grim but amusing realizations about life.

It seems that this book might be labeled “Volume One” rather than “Book One” because the book ends just Donlad discovers the true threat. Usually this kind of ending makes me highly resentful, but not with The Warden Threat. It was so full of the prince’s maturing, interesting characters, and a realistically broad country that I didn’t feel cheated by not hearing an ending. Life doesn’t end after twenty one chapters anyway, does it?

The tone of the book is funny, but not giggly or “LOL” funny. Irony is thick. Silly and stupid things happen, but they have too much purpose and truth to really cut up about. The thinking stops the laughing, because everything Donald does, we have probably done and don’t want to admit it. I loved Donald for his naiveté and earnest desire to do dumb things.

The Warden Threat was a broadening and reflective read without being heavy. I really enjoyed it!

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