The Raie'Chaelia

The Raie'Chaelia

by Melissa Douthit

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BN ID: 2940044571815
Publisher: Melissa Douthit
Publication date: 05/27/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 127,898
File size: 586 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Melissa Douthit grew up in North County of San Diego, California. After graduating with a Computer Science degree in Southern California, and working for a summer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico, she moved to the Bay Area to work at NASA Ames Research Center for a year and then at Lawrence Livermore National Lab for another four years. From there, she moved to Monterey, California, to work at the Naval Postgraduate School on a government project for two years. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, working with the Army Corps of Engineers on another government project. Since high school, she has been a voracious reader of books of all genres, with an emphasis in fantasy and science fiction. Her literary work is strongly influenced by her professional experience and includes many elements of her scientific background.

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Raie' Chaelia 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here's what you'll find in THE RAIE'CHAELIA: a cliched plot, bad writing, poor pacing/no conflict, flat characters, and nonsensical world-building. 1. Cliched plot. Our heroine, Chalice, is a princess who grew up in a village inn. She has an idyllic childhood, even though an evil sorceror-king has risen to power and is busily oppressing the land. He's worried about a prophecy that foretells the return of the rightful ruler, so he sends his soldiers to seek the "Child of Prophecy" (identified by a special birthmark on her shoulder) and, failing that, imprison anyone suspected of harboring her. Chalice flees the soldiers, discovers her birthright, assembles a band of companions, and sets out on a quest to rescue loved ones captured by the evil king. If this sounds familiar, it gets worse: one of Chalice's companions is a child-sized creature that's half-hobbit, half-Ewok. Another is an ancient sorcerer who rides a big silver horse and blows smoke rings. There's a point where Chalice must flee an inn. With her companions - the sorcerer, the hobbit/Ewok, and a few humans, one of whom always wants to stop because he's got a bottomless appetite - she escapes to an ancient fortress, but just before reaching safety, she's poisoned by the touch of pure evil and sees a disembodied burning eye. Sounds like something you know, right? Like the flight from Bree to Weathertop in Lord of the Rings? And the Morgul-blade? Their ultimate destination is a magical, abandoned underground city, a la Moria. 2. Bad writing. The writing here is consistently awful -- "The majesty and the grandeur of the view was awesome. It was both beautiful and terrifying." "They all resembled one another, yet at the same time displayed varying differences." -- but the real kicker are the sorcerer character's endless lectures. One of these lectures starts 37% of the way through the book and continues until the 46% mark. That's 9% of the book. There's another that goes from 51%-55%. 3. Poor pacing/no conflict. Chalice always "just knows" how to escape from every sticky situation. "She knew, without knowing how she knew, that her purpose..." and "Somehow it seemed like a good idea," and "For some reason, I knew that.." and "Suddenly, Chalice's mind cleared and then she knew." I could go on; all of those quotes are pulled from the first quarter of the book. 4. Flat characters. Chalice is beautiful and perfect. Her love interest, Jeremiah, is brave and supportive. And this is what passes for personality and romance in THE RAIE'CHAELIA: "She was so excited to see the tower that she proceeded to wolf down her supper in haste. Jeremiah frowned. "Hey, slow down there champ! You're going to choke yourself." "I wanfa getch fo fa fower," she said with her mouth full of food. He grinned. "Well, you won't get there if you choke to death." She smiled at him and her stuffed cheeks puffed out."" 5. Nonsensical world building. It's hard to figure out where this fantasy world falls in terms of technological development. Certain things are primitive; characters travel by horse and cart, there are no guns. Other elements, like disposable paper bags or porcelain bath fixtures, are distinctly modern. At one point in the novel, Chalice knows all about meteor showers; later on, she's never heard of star constellations. She visits a spice shop selling fresh basil in a mountain village and a garden where apples and pineapples grow side by side.
coleyfl More than 1 year ago
This is not my typical book, this is more fantasy than paranormal and is very light on the romance. Chalice is a 17 year old (turns 18 in the book)girl who knows nothing about her family, join her and Jeremiah (long time friend and love interest) in her adventure and quest to find out about her parents and rescue her grandparents. Ms. Douthit introduces us to an entirely new world and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey. My only constructive opinion would be while I was entranced at the authors ability to weave and describe this world the was what seemed like to me a bit to much information. I am looking forward to the next book where I think we will get a bit more romance! Overall this was a great read and is great for teens as well as adults. Thank you to the author for the awesome adventure!
BooksAhoy More than 1 year ago
I really like this book! If you love adventure books and romance books this is the story for you!!! First off, the romance between Jeremiah and Chalice is super cute! They are really such a good couple. I like how after all the time that hadn't seen each other they still had feelings for each other. I also loved Buney! He's so cute, he reminds me of a little stuffed animal. As for the adventure, this book is full of it! There are many twists and turns throughout the book that always keeps you wanting more. This is an adventure that will definitely keep you reading with alittle romance thrown into the mix also. I can seriously see this as a movie and I hope there's a sequel.
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peggy76 More than 1 year ago
Chalice is about to take a journey that is full of adventure, danger, and romance. Her grandfather sends her away to protect her from the evil king. She has no idea who she really is or what she is destined to do. Her childhood friend, Jeramiah, joins her as she discovers who she is and what lays ahead.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
The Raie'Chaelia (The Raie'Chaelia #1) by Melissa Douthit Chalice journeys to Brandbury at her grandfather’s instructions.  When she arrives, she discovers the town is abandoned.  She is reunited with her childhood friend Jeremiah. They set out on a journey to find their family and friends; making some interesting discoveries along the way.  Among them, Chalice’s birthmark is in a book of prophecy. The Raie'Chaelia sets the foundation for the series.  It explains a lot of the details and politics of their world.  I like the characters and the bonds of friendship that form. I read the trilogy back to back.  This series crescendos, getting more exciting the whole way.  ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.  
BSharp More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: This is a beautifully written story. The language is precise and descriptive. The characters are wonderfully created and well-developed. The story is filled with mystery, prophecy, and secrets. This is an incredible adventure story! The storyline and plot are complex and intriguing. The story is fast-paced, but doesn't leave the reader behind. The animals are fantastic. Melissa Douthit must be a wordsmith! She weaves the language in such a way that the reader is enthralled by the story. This is original and unique in a world where sometimes stories can seem similar. Her world building skills are incredible leaving us with fascinating scenes that come alive from the pages. Her characters are the stuff a person wants to be made of: clever, brave, strong, honorable, driven, loyal, and loving. Throughout our lives, I believe we are all searching for something and it was refreshing to read this wonderful adventure in which the search is more than just the road and the prize is more than just the obvious. I can't wait to read more!
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
The first quality the reader will notice about this novel is the fantasy world that is its setting. There are kingdoms and magic, the author describes everything in full details; the reader can actually picture the scenes taking place. The author also details the main character's flashbacks to her life before she lost her family, the reader won't be confused in this novel. The main character is intelligent, brave, and caring. She is very easy to get to know and like. She picks up a few friends on the way to her destiny. Jeremiah, a protective, kind soul, really appears to love Chalice. Bunejab is amusing and the one who provides the comedic relief in the story. Ben acts as a guide to Chalice. The plot itself is very unique and inventive, perfect for the genre. The events are fairly fast-paced, there is plenty of dialogue-almost too much. The characters are the deciding factor for this novel, they can really pull a reader in. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers who enjoy fantasy.
melakkari More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! The author uses lots descriptive language that draws you into to this fascinating, magical world. It's full of adventure, plot twists, and romance. The heroine of the story is strong and admirable and the story line is addictive. While the descriptions paint a beautiful, intriguing picture, they can be extensive at times to a fault. The story is good enough to work past that and the difficult to pronounce names. A definite must read for any Fantasy/Sci-Fi lover.
WC_Bailey More than 1 year ago
Intriguing characters on an action packed adventure! I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I'm anxious to read the rest of the trilogy as soon as it's available! The chemistry between Jeremiah and Chalice definitely kept my interest. The world in which they are traveling also adds to the intrigue. All the supporting characters are great as well. I had to keep reading because I had to know whether or not they were going to be successful. The only reason I only gave 4 stars is because I was a bit confused about the time in which the book was set. Initially it seemed it was hundreds of years ago...then some things made me think it is set in the future. Possibly a time when rebuilding and starting over will be necessary because we have not been fair to the land as the Chinuka are in this book. I am definitely looking forward to reading the sequels.