Darkspire Reaches

Darkspire Reaches

by C.N Lesley
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Darkspire Reaches by C.N Lesley

The wyvern has hunted for the young outcast all her life; a day will come when, after being rejected by civilisation and the tribes, she must at last face him.
Abandoned as a sacrifice to the wyvern, a young girl is raised to fear the beast her adoptive clan believes meant to kill her. When the Emperor outlaws all magic, Raven is forced to flee from her home with her foster mother, for both are judged as witches. Now an outcast, she lives at the mercy of others, forever pursued by the wyvern. Soon her life will change forever.
A unique and unsettling romantic adventure about rejection and belonging.

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BN ID: 2940044587823
Publisher: Kristell Ink
Publication date: 06/05/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Hull, writing under the by line of C.N.Lesley, lives in Alberta with her husband and cats. Her three daughters live close by.

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Darkspire Reaches 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
GGiammatteo More than 1 year ago
I'll start this review by saying, I love reading fantasy. There was a time, not too long ago, when I felt as if the fantasy genre had died. Not much new was coming out, and what did show up on the shelves didn't suit me. Lately I've seen a resurgence of excellent fantasy stories, and Darkspire Reaches is one of them. Leslie knows how to build a world, and create--not just characters--but whole races of them, complete with speech patterns and a recognizable cadence that sucks you into her world. From the first chapter you know you are entering a new world, and by the third chapter, you are already familiar with it. Some authors plop you down in the middle of a fiery battle in a desperate attempt to get your interest. Leslie goes about it differently. There is a confidence in her writing that allows for a slow build of tension, but each chapter has the right level of suspense, and, if you're a careful reader, you'll spot the foreshadowing woven into the pages by a master wordsmith. This wasn't a book that demanded to be devoured in one sitting, but each bit I read left a good taste in my mouth, like a fine glass of wine, and I realized I was eager to get back to reading each night. As I neared the end, I had to stay up later than I wanted to find out what happened. I wasn't disappointed. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
R-3 More than 1 year ago
What do you do when you don't fit in anywhere--not with your adoptive tribe, the Angressi, or even with your own people, the First Born? This is Raven's life. Not only that, but she has magic, more powerful than others, that sets her apart as someone to be feared. And to top it off, a fearsome wyvern has been stalking her her entire life. Then Connor comes along to protect her. He seems to care, or is she merely a possession to him? But he controls the wyvern, whom Raven dreads. Their time together begins with a violent act, one that is difficult to forgive. Can Raven overlook the rationale behind it and learn to love and be loved? This is a well-written story. The fantasy world and characters are easy to visualize, and you get caught up in the story. It's a story of a girl's acceptance of who she is, and her willingness to embrace what makes her so different from everyone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner. C N Lesley has a writing style that flows making you warm to the well drawn characters. I read Shadows Over Avalon and thought that was a good read but the author has endeared me to her cast and Darkspire Reaches became a compulsory read for me. The main character, Raven is strong and readers will love her. Secondary characters equally have their own merits
cmac1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It has a great plot and is well written. Can't get any better than that.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In C.N. Lesley’s “Darkspire Reaches”, when Emperor Chactar order the death of witches by burning, Raven and her foster mother, Margie, leave their village and seek shelter from the very man who is responsible for their misery. In exchange for a secret that Margie threatens to expose, they are granted shelter by the wicked emperor. From that moment onward, Raven’s life continues to change, and she will learn so much more about herself, about Samara Maidens, a Drakken male and the beast Wyvern that has plagued her mind like a nightmare. I love the cover art by Alex Boca which grabs my interest right away. The dialogue was confusing at first until I figured out the difference of a ‘peasant talk’ and the normal speech that Margie and Raven use. The author’s beautiful writing style easily sparked off interest and my imagination about the story. I rooted for Raven from the beginning as I felt her pain and sympathized with the harsh life that she had to endure. Honestly, I didn't like the things that happened to a protagonist that deserves so much more. I couldn't find it in me to like Connor, the Drakken male, at all. Only when Raven accepted him that I followed suit. A tumultuous but otherwise entertaining read, this is an adult fantasy novel with solidly-built worlds, characters and creatures. If you love dragon-themed tales like me, the Wyverns are definitely on par with the dragons as a large, mythical winged creature.
Peaches345 More than 1 year ago
Do not go gentle into that good night, and the author doesn’t ask it of readers. She leads them gently into the apparently normal, but fascinating, world of an orphan living with a peasant woman. Margie. Raven’s foster mother rescued her when she was new-born and left out in the open as a sacrifice to the Wyverns. Raven’s affinity is with the woods, and the wild deer and rabbits. Margie, a herbalist and fortune-teller, is growing old and Raven helps her by learning about the brews she makes and uses to barter for food and other goods in the nearby village of the golden-haired Angressi people. Only one of them, Tomar, is kind to her and, as Raven, with her different raven hair, grows older, she falls in love and gives him precious potions in exchange for kisses. Raven sees him seduce an Angressi man’s golden-haired daughter, Katra, and laugh because she’s jealous of kisses that obtained cures for his dog from the girl he calls a First Born savage. Heartbroken, Raven sees a lonely future, despite her magic powers that Margie covets, and her healing hands. The Angressi villagers accuse Raven and Margie of witchery, hurl stones, and give chase, intent on killing them. With nothing more than the clothes they are wearing Raven and Margie are forced to flee, but where? Is Margie wandering in her aging wits or is she Lady Margery Istentor, a high-born woman with a hold over Emperor Chactar who rules as a Living God in a far land? Is that hold real? Will Chactar grant them sanctuary? Can Raven survive the fate of a Samara Maiden or suffer death at her saviours’ hands if Lady Margery fails protect her? Must she flee and face the danger from the Wyvern’s, the flaming creatures who would have taken her at birth, and have sought her, away from the protection of the woods, all her life? Every chapter, almost every paragraph, ends with a hook to tempt the reader on, right to the end. This is a very different fantasy. It’s not based on a story that could stand alone as a thriller, as the best of that style of the genre do, or one that depends on instant violent action by werewolves, dragons and other mythical creatures to grab and hold a reader. It truly does start gently, but it’s impossible to leave unfinished if you read the first paragraph. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read! I hope to see more spin off from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this read. I look forward to to seeing if this blooms into a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took me awhile to get into this, but now I can't wait for the sequel!! Thanks for a great read.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I'm glad the author chose to give it an end, even though it could be continued. I highly recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sincerely hope Elizabeth Hull chooses to write another book following this one. I would enjoy reading about the Drakken world, Connor and Raven's new life there, and about Copper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasnt expecting much wuth the size of the book byt thus was very good. A bit underdeveloped in parts but a great story line that begs for a sequel.
hazlanomi More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed, a little predictable, but the characters were good and had some very good creative elements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the world, love the ideas. The only issue I have is that ss traumitized as Raven is that she could ever love him.
TNTLVR More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the read, I hope there is a follow-up for Copper and Jazler?
GigisNook More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just putting it out there but spartan means simply
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FantasyBookLane More than 1 year ago
A young woman falls in love with her rapist because he's just so hot. Wow. The author even goes out of her way to try to justify it and give him a good reason to rape a young woman. This actually makes me sick and is a slap in the face to victims everywhere. The writing at the first half reads like a list of events, so I forced myself to keep going. I wanted to know about Raven, and that was the only reason I didn't put it away. But she moves four different places in the first hundred pages, and that's just too much moving around and not enough actually happening. Then comes the rape, and of course it's ok because he's hot. At least that's what the author wants readers to think. Rape is never justifiable, and these types of scenarios are exactly why people don't want to read self published books. I doubt a real publisher would have allowed this garbage to hit the shelves.