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Posted April 17, 2013
Beyond the Iron Gate
A Lost Kingdom of Fallada Novella
A twisted and magical version of Goldilocks. Zara is a farmer’s daughter, but has always felt a pull to the mystical land of Fallada and upon meeting Kai, a gorgeous elf, her life was changed forever. Daughter of the Red Dawn was an amazing book, and this novella adds a completely new level to the story, showing how Eranna was seduced by dark magic. Incredibly well written with strong character development, this book draws you in and will keep you gripped right until the end.
I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted June 18, 2013
Beyond the Iron Gate by Alicia Michaels is an amazing, timeless, heart touching, modern day fairytale.
The story is a prequel to Red Dawn, explaining a little bit of Eranna’s bitterness and why she loathes Queen Adrah so much. It also tells of a young woman, Zara, and her quest for adventure. Zara lives in the world of men, but has never felt like she actually fits in. When she ventures to Fallada, however, the sense of belonging touches her heart and she knows that she has found her true home. While in Fallada, Zara meets Kai, a handsome elf. Together, they unravel the story of her birth and the mysteries behind the elusive rampion flower (which offers the gift of eternal life). In doing so, they are also faced with life-threatening danger. Eranna has been consorting with witches and is obsessed beyond all reason with her beauty and thoughts of immortality. Because of this, the wickedness inside of her grows and she will stop at nothing to capture Zara and drain her of the powers that live within her.
Without spoiling the plotline and giving away all of the fantastic details, I will say that the story is captivating and the writing is awe inspiring. The author does a phenomenal job painting a picture of a beautifully inviting world, but also one that is slowly being tainted by evil. At the end, I wanted to cry. The touch of tragedy brings a depth to the tale that absolutely tugs at the heart’s strings. For me, the ending and the fate of the two lovers was the best part. It makes their love all that much stronger and drowns the reader in the sorrow that surrounds them.
This is beyond a doubt, one of my favorite love stories (and I am NOT a romance reader!). This story is so much more than a ‘romance’ novel. It’s filled with fantasy and adventure, and TRUE love. All of the greatest love stories have a hint of tragedy attached to them: you can’t have real love without the heartache that sometimes comes with loving one person with all of your soul.
Well done, Alicia Michaels! I can’t wait until I can take the next adventure within the land of Fallada!
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Posted July 5, 2014
I am not a novella fan, but I read Daughter of the Red Dawn and I felt I needed to know some more about the Kingdom of Fallada.
Usually novellas leave me disappointed because they don't give much of what is going to happen in the story or be much of a prequel of what is going to happen in the first full length novel. Beyond the Iron Gate was not the typical novella. It was the perfect length for the prequel of what is to come to the Kingdom of Fallada.
Beyond the Iron Gate gave more of the prediction of what is going to come to the Kingdom.
Zara is a human woman that is drawn to the magical world. At Zara's time, Fallada was open to all that wanted to visit in peace.
Zara is escorted to the world of Fallada by an elf named Kai. Almost instantly they fall in love...
This novella is action packed. Even though Zara and Kai are the main characters, Queen Adrah comes out. She has knows what is going to happen to her kingdom. Zara and Kai are just part of the many players that will be able to help her keep her kingdom safe.
Posted June 14, 2014
Posted December 7, 2013
If you are acquainted with the bloggersphere of Tumblr, you have probably heard the term “oh, so many feels.” If not, that means you have a life and I congratulate you, but this book left me with “oh, so many feels.” It was so sweet and beautiful and romantic and charming and heartbreaking all at once and is a kind of fairytale we need more of.
I read this in one sitting. The story trots along at a pace that keeps you hooked, showing us the villain’s diabolical workings to maintain the suspense while things are going apparently well for our heroine. It was a perfectly paced plot that packed a lot into a short space, but didn’t feel rushed or hurried at all. When I got to the end, I was left with a bittersweet feeling and a definite desire to read the rest of this series.
Zara is the Rapunzel in this retelling. Naive and warmhearted, she can’t help but feel she belongs in the world of the fey rather than that of the humans. She was a sweet and innocent character who liked to think the best of everyone and never failed to find the wonder in the world around her. She was like a little girl about a lot of things, but still brave, and that made her irresistibly endearing both to me and to Kai.
Kai is the elf who first finds Zara in a pixie-induced sleep when she wanders too close to Fallada. He becomes her friend, her guide, and eventually something more. He was a noble, protective character and it was hard not to love him to bits.
(On a side and slightly spoiler-ific note, while they weren’t actually married, I really liked that they were at least promised to each other before Kai took Zara as a lover. What? Stop looking at me like that. I’m old fashioned, shoot me.)
Even the main baddie, Queen Eranna, is sympathetic in this story. While the reader still understandably wants to dunk her over a very steep and rocky precipice, she’s not pure evil and I pitied her in many ways. But once she goes over the edge, she goes over in a big way and I think she must be a simply epic villain for the rest of the series.
The end of this novella left me a little sad and with a teeny tiny longing to wring Eranna’s snow white neck, but at the same time it was so gorgeous and I call for a round of applause for the author for this exceptional piece.
Posted September 23, 2013
The story line was very thought out. I just wish that the author would have kept going with her story line. The ending was a let down. This book is great for young readers and I hope the author grows in her writings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2013
Beyond The Iron Gate Zara's Journey by Alicia Michaels
Love the way the author writes this book she puts you right there understanding and feeling everything.
This is a great fantasy story with lots of mystical creatures she encounters.
This is about a mother who wanted a daughter so bad she did what she had to do right or wrong she wanted to have a girl.
Zara is drawn to the Iron Gates of Fallada feeling that that is where is belongs. Zara gets her change to enter and a hold new world opens up for her,elves, fairies, wood nymphs all kinds of creatures.
and the adventure begins Good Queen verse Evil Queen and Zara is in the middle. Zara finds out she has a destiny to pro fill and her hard journey beings
Posted August 22, 2013
I have not read this authors work before, but from the other reviews, I cant wait to read it!
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Posted April 13, 2013
Well written, plot has tons of wonderful twists, I love that the story has a mystical element to it. The main character is amazing and dynamic. I love this book. Buy it read it you won't be sorry!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2014
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