Aelryk’s kingdom is under attack by monsters conjured by a dark sorcerer. His only hope lies far to the west, where a powerful water elemental is rumored to dwell. Along the way, he joins forces with the Wild Elves, who were once his enemy. They alone can lead him through the dangers of the Wildlands. Together, they must journey to a mysterious land of eternal spring and return before the kingdom is overrun by evil.
There are many other things I liked about A Story of River. The characters Mel and River were two of my favorites. However, the relationship I identified with the most was the one between Mel and Thinal. I love that they complement the opposite traits of each other and seem to blend together to make one whole, hysterical elf.
The story has a very fairytale feel to it, and is told on a grand scale. Allow me to explain – the world of Nōl’Deron is a vast home to humans, elves, elementals, dryads, and evil creatures (like wolfman monsters and giant armored spiders). The elves, for example are split into Wild, Enlightened, and Westerling. Taking it even further, the Wild elves have different clans, such as Silver Birch and Oak Leaf. In addition to reading about the living beings in Nōl’Deron, the reader is also introduced to the Wildlands, the Westerling Vale, Al’marr, Na’zora and many other parts of the world. So, yeah, like I said, grand scale!
If you’ve read my other reviews, then you know I’m a big fan of magic systems. So, I felt the description of the magic used in A Story of River could have been more developed and cultivated. That being said, the magic of the evil elves in capturing the souls of people and other living beings to fuel their spells was interesting…and a bit disturbing.
Overall, A Story of River was a very fast, straightforward read; however, I thought the tale was told too quickly and felt rushed at time. Sometimes the POVs shifted so swiftly that it left me a little confused and I had to double-back. And the dialogue was a bit rudimentary. There is a really good plot for this story, but I would have liked it more if there was a little more development in the dialogue and scenes (***SPOILER ALERT*** especially the action scenes when Thinal was killed, and when the Na’zorians defeated the golden soldier that Ulda created ***END SPOILER***). With a little more elaboration, complexity and finesse woven in, the story might have contained more mystery and tantalizing morsels that would keep readers turning the pages long into the night.
Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Appropriate for ages 13 & up.
About the Author:
Lana Axe lives in Missouri near the edge of the woods. She is inspired by her love of nature to write about elves, magic, and adventure. Growing up in Mark Twain’s backyard inspired her love of fiction from an early age. She grew up an avid reader and went on to study literature in college.
After eight years of jotting notes and building a fantasy world, she has finally begun releasing novels in her Tales of Nōl’Deron series. They will feature many of the same characters, but each novel will stand alone. She hopes to have her second novel completed in Fall 2013.
A special thanks to Lana Axe and Book Enthusiast Promotions for a free copy of A Story of River and for hosting this Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!