by Rachel Hunter
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Hydra Publications
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Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption.
The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves. Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.
Behold: A Llathalan Annal: Empyreal Fate – Part One.
To fully appreciate such a novel, one must be well familiar in the cadence of EPIC style of writing: for it will indeed take a full page to fully acquaint a singular action. I once attempted to read an Epic style novel and I didn’t even get past the fifth page. Needless to say, I saw this novel as a challenge. At first things weren’t looking so well. Twenty pages felt like 2000 and I’d admit I have a short attention span. After forcing myself to focus I was able to appreciate the eerie band of characters even the villains. The different point of views allowed you a full spectral of everything as it happened, while still shrouding the reader in the dark. The author only revealed enough to allow you to see the present without anticipating the future. I was shocked with every new revaluation.
This is one of those novels about destinies, magic, prophesies, betrayal, forbidden love, feuding siblings, and mystery. This volume of the series dwells into the introduction to Elvin society. We get a sneak peek at the royals by way of the princess. We see a Robin Hood style dystopian society doomed to reach its boiling point. We get to see the infatuation between a human peasant and an Elf royal. It’s like Romeo and Juliet meets Lord of the Rings.
Similar to the pea plant project from grade school, it didn’t sprout overnight, and so for the most miraculous of miracles, it takes time. I may not be completely won over to epic style of writing yet I will see this tale until its end. I look forward to further exploring the great divide of the brothers and the warring that will surly ensue in the next novel.
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