In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, an elven noblewoman longed to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wanted nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done…
Caliphany Aranea, nearly a century old, leads an enviable life as high elf King Leopold’s niece and daughter of Sirius, Leogard’s most famous wizard. Yet, being forced to follow in her father’s footsteps and being betrothed to a man she doesn’t even like makes her want a taste of life outside the city walls.
As a young boy, half-elf Galadin Trudeaux witnessed his parents’ death at the hands of pirates. After being raised by those same murderers and forced to do their bidding, he escaped and now lives an honest life as a sea merchant and ranger.
When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap Caliphany while she dreams of faraway lands, Galadin comes to her rescue. Impressed by his skills, she asks him to train her as a ranger. Though he is hesitant at first to train a woman of her class, Caliphany’s hefty sack of gold finally persuades him. Unfortunately, her father is not amused, and the two must escape before Caliphany faces a forced marriage and Galadin faces a noose.
From that moment on, to the finale, where Caliphany must decide where her heart truly lies, she and Galadin embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Only if they can survive the trials ahead, will they find a love that stands the test of time.
This book is more than meets the eye. Do not be fooled by the cover! (You may find it with a slightly different cover, and a slightly different beginning.)
Caliphany has grown up her entire life living a privileged life, as the niece of the king. But right under his nose her father torments her with his cold cruelty, even locking her away at times. After the death of her older brother at a young age, she has been in line to take over as a Mage to teach wizardry – and betrothed to an annoying intellectual boy she grew up with.
Since following in her father’s footsteps is a requirement, a family legacy, doing anything else is out of the question. Caliphany is terrified to openly defy her father, but while he’s away she asks a very resourceful, skilled Ranger to teach her how to survive in the wild and use various weapons…and falls in love in the process. Only, fate would have it’s ugly way when everything seemed perfect.
Caliphany is forced to make many decisions about herself, her life and her future and must truly determine where her heart lies.
Once Caliphany’s life seemed on the up-and-up, I smelled the bigger issue from a mile away. I had an inkling of what the disaster was that was going to strike, and the closer I approached it when reading, the more painful it became for me to read. I will say this though: Parker did surprise me in the turn of events that take place once Caliphany returns home.
Once back at home, Caliphany’s relationship with her father undergoes some TLC. It’s surprising how certain life events can change someone. But, as fate would have it, things don’t remain that way for long, and a very unsuspecting character thinks to take it all.
I tremendously enjoyed reading this first installment of Parker’s Tallenmere series. I found Caliphany an interesting mix of a character: scared of her father, yet defiant in a “safe” environment (aka when he’s gone and she thinks he won’t find out). She shows an amazing amount of compassion and is given a lot of trials to struggle through. She is put in several compromising and tough decisions.
About the Author
Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.
Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s six week free course, F2K.
Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.