A Ranger's Tale

A Ranger's Tale

by Mysti Parker

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ISBN-13: 9781612351209
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Publication date: 12/18/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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A Ranger's Tale 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Bridget_Jones More than 1 year ago
I gave this book a four, but it is a very very high four. There were just a few things that stopped me from giving it a full five stars, but I'll get to that later. First, I want to say that this was an awesome book. Fantasy/paranormal romances are one of my favorite genres to read, so I loved Caliphany and her abilities. My favorite part of the book was her romance with Galadin. They have an undeniable attraction from the start, but he's a ranger and she must study at home under her father. The world they lived in was so interesting and at times scary. For the entire book, I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The problems I had with A Ranger's Tale was that the middle of the book was a bit slow. The beginning and end were great, but time just sort of dragged by for Caliphany in the middle and so did the story. One other thing is that I felt like Caliphany and Galadin's relationship progressed a bit too fast. I think more time was needed for them to grow in their relationship (like how they act with each other) before diving in head first. Overall A Ranger's Tale was an excellent romance book and I was really sad when it had to end.
Jane_Carver More than 1 year ago
All Caliphany wants is to be her own woman. Her father however expects her to follow the path he's laid out for her. He expects her to uphold his "respect and reputation", a familiar universal theme. Add love, death and betrayal and A Ranger's Tale is a page turner. A story you won't want to put down until you learn who betrayed whom. And find the answer to that burning question: can love live again.
KnightMaiden More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy fantasy tales, you will love, A Ranger's Tale.
WildAboutBones More than 1 year ago
Mysti Parker has hit one out of the ballpark with this first story in her new Tallenmere fantasy romance series with its wizards, paladans, elves, trolls, halflings, royalty, a secret agency, a poignant romance, betrayal, a love lost and found. Parker has created a wonderful new world for her authentic characters. I only wanted to smack the heroine once or twice. <grin> Lady Caliphany, the high elf heroine and the King's niece, as a child accidentally set their barn on fire. Now, almost 100 years later, she is still a hopeless mage in training, still treated like a child by her mother and will never be able to live up to her father's expectations. She chafes at her father's demands, rebels and comes up with a plan soon after meeting Galadin. Galadin, the elf/human halfling hero, as a child sees his mother beheaded and father burned to death by pirates. Now, 45 years old, he is a ship captain like his father and running his father's business. He is also a ranger. When he saves Caliphany from two brutes on the dock, he has no idea his life will never be the same. He cannot forget her beautiful blue eyes. This story is told from both Caliphany and Galadin's point of view and later Jayden's point of view as well -- I really like this style. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this world and this story which I read in a single sitting - I couldn't put it down. Fans of the fantasy and paranormal romance genres should like this as well. Warning Spoiler Alert!!! This does have a HEA ending.
Jessica5 on LibraryThing 20 days ago
I gave this book a four, but it is a very very high four. There were just a few things that stopped me from giving it a full five stars, but I'll get to that later. First, I want to say that this was an awesome book. Fantasy/paranormal romances are one of my favorite genres to read, so I loved Caliphany and her abilities. My favorite part of the book was her romance with Galadin. They have an undeniable attraction from the start, but he's a ranger and she must study at home under her father. The world they lived in was so interesting and at times scary. For the entire book, I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The problems I had with A Ranger's Tale was that the middle of the book was a bit slow. The beginning and end were great, but time just sort of dragged by for Caliphany in the middle and so did the story. One other thing is that I felt like Caliphany and Galadin's relationship progressed a bit too fast. I think more time was needed for them to grow in their relationship (like how they act with each other) before diving in head first. Overall A Ranger's Tale was an excellent romance book and I was really sad when it had to end.
TrojanHorse13 More than 1 year ago
This was a solid 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed "A Ranger's Tale." It was a nice blend of fantasy fiction (elves, trolls, magic, yay!) and romance. The author did an excellent job setting up a fantastical world but made it feel familiar and accessible at the same time. Caliphany (or Cali, as we later come to know her) is a young mage, niece to the king, and her parents' only surviving child. Her father has been planning a safe life for her, including marriage to a man she finds exceedingly boring. She longs for adventure and would give anything for a chance to change her fate. When Cali meet Galadin, a former pirate-turned-merchant, it seems fate has given her the chance. Cali and Galadin's love story was sweet. I also enjoyed watching Cali's journey as she explored and strengthened the woman she wanted to become. I thought I had an idea where the story was going to go, the conflicts the lovers would have to face, and was happily proved wrong. There were plenty of twists to keep me interested. I don't want to say anything more and spoil the surprises! There was a clear undercurrent within the story of a long-standing conflict between two nations: Leogard, where Cali and Galadin live, and Sarvonne, a country across the sea. I do wish the author had given an better explanation or more of a backstory to this, as I felt like it was tossed into the mix in order to give the character's something else to fight against. I would've appreciated more of a purpose there, but that's just me. I think that's the one thing keeping me from calling this a 5 star read. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a fantastical romance. No cliffhanger ending and, although this is part of a series, my understanding is that each book can be read as a stand-alone. 'Twas a lovely story! **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was pretty engrossing. It was a long read and I liked it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could be better. Didn't finish. The heroine and hero refers to themselves as man and woman but in reality they're more boy and girl. Despite being extremely old they act like teens. Ps. although the other reviews are supposedly honest...i doubt they are
Momma_Chaos More than 1 year ago
Among the many things I loved about A Ranger's Tale, front and foremost was that Mysti didn't waste a ton of time creating her world for us.  I have read a few fantasy books lately that spent 1/4 of the book describing the world while I groaned in frustration.  Thankfully, Mysti went right into creating wonderful characters for us to love and hate.  She did a wonderful job of creating a world around the characters and filled it with seamless knowledge that it was like stepping thru the mirror into Tallenmere.  I didn't have to struggle with names (again, pet peeve of mine in some fantasy books) or what terms meant.  Instead I could focus on the story.  A story that had it's ups and downs.  There was a point mid-way thru the book that I was sooo tempted to sneak a peek at the end to make sure things would end without me screaming at everyone in the book.. Ha!  A Ranger's Tale is a story of love and loss, of war and forgiveness, of fighting to have the freedom to be what you choose and then accepting the consequences of your choices.  With many characters to love, a few to loathe and even one that you grow to love over time-  I'm thankfully that this is only the first in the series.  The story itself switches between three main characters.  At times, I've found this type of storytelling to be distracting and hard to understand when constantly switching POVs.  Mysti did a great job making the transitions smoothly and I didn't feel any distraction from the story at all!  If you like fantasy with a great romance thrown in, you'll love this one !  *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. *
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Parker has a very approachable writing style.  She takes you on the adventure of a lifetime in a manner that makes you feel like you&rsquo;ve been there with the characters.  Parker has created a completely new and utterly ravishing world that is fully formed and intricately crafted.  She has thought of, and written about, everything, including a new calendar.  You can visualise the different species and races that you encounter throughout this novel.  Her descriptions are well formed and flow in such a manner that they always add to the very well formed storyline.   The way that Parker writes in the first person makes you feel closer to the main characters.  It gives you insights into their characters, thoughts, and actions.  You get to know their deepest feelings via their thoughts and fears.  Seeing as how she also flips perspective from one main character to the other, while keeping the POV clear, you get to see all aspects of the interactions.  She also does so in a manner that keeps the story flowing forward, instead of perpetually doubling back.  This allows you to form a deep connection with the main characters.  It is this connection, along with a myriad of other things, that allows you to feel while reading this novel.  At times I was excited, nervous, happy, and this novel definitely brought tears to my eyes more than once. And don&rsquo;t get me wrong.  It wasn&rsquo;t just the main characters who were well developed.  The entire cast was to die for.  Each one was individually developed in such a manner that they could hold their own in another novel.  There were a couple of characters who remained somewhat mysterious, but that was simply who they were.   Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this novel.  I cannot wait to read more from this series and from this very talented author. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
CatDipity More than 1 year ago
This is a great, fantastical story of love and loss and heartache and following your heart. Galadin is a ship merchant, but he hasn't always been. After his parents were murdered by pirates, he was kidnapped and forced to work, and kill, for them. After the pirates attack and kill some innocent friends of his, Galadin runs off, landing himself in Leogard, where he trains with the Rangers and rebuilds his father's ship merchant business. Caliphany is a High Elf and King Leopold's niece, living in the palace. Her life is planned out for her to master her mage skills and take over the academy her father runs. Her bethrothal has been in planning for many years, and she struggles to hold herself up in the world she's being pushed into. After a walk on the docks, and her attempted kidnapping, she's rescued by Galadin and something in her wakes up. She sneaks and learns ranger skills from Galadin, out of sight of her father, and quickly falls for him, not knowing that he's falling for her as well. After her father comes home and finds out, he locks Caliphany away, where she vows she'll stay rather than do her father's bidding. She uses a concealment spell and quickly escapes, planting herself in the cargo hold of Galadin's ship. From there, the adventure begins. They're chased by the royal navy, fight goblins, and fall madly in love, but not without a fight. Caliphany returns home to try to patch her relationship with her father, and sends her new husband back on the ship for what is supposed to only be a week, when she learns of a storm that has destroyed every ship in its path, and killed all on board. After giving birth, she finds herself back in the arms of a long-ago lover and friend, believing her husband is dead, and agrees to marry him. Time passes and she learns they all have secrets, the love of her life is being held as a slave, and she's torn on what to do, where to go, who to choose.
mmbear More than 1 year ago
I wasn't too sure about the book in the first couple of pages but then after they went on to the couple when they were adults, that is when it really got interesting. I loved Cali's and Galadin's romance and the marriage. I however, was not happy with his ship wrecking and then presumed dead for about a year. I don't know about most women, but I would not have done what Cali did next. She did something that I thought was pretty callous and I would have waited a lot longer and then the problems that she incurred because of her weakness, lead everyone down a dark road and a lot of people got hurt because she can't seem to control her need of attention. Shoot, I was single until my late thirties and managed to live on my own. I raised a child without a father and I don't make rash decisions that hurt a lot of people. I further was upset about the fact that she compounded the situation by choosing the wrong man for the wrong reasons. If I had been Galadin, I would not take her back. Because of things she did not disclose earlier in the book, I felt a little irritated with her character and acting like some wounded hero bearing a huge loss. But, it's a book and they can make the people in the books do unreal things that real people I hope would not do. It really is a very good book and you will enjoy it immensely. Even though I am upset that she appears after all, what she was, a noble with privilege and who had never suffered and did not know how to handle herself. She reminded me of a spoiled child who wants it all. However, I still recommend the book because maybe you will love the story, all the good and all the bad. It's a great story, even if I am peeved at what she did. I guess that in itself is a good thing because the book did engage me and I had to stay up all night to finish it because I had to know if things would get back on track
Van_shortandsweetreviews More than 1 year ago
A RANGER&rsquo;S TALE is a fantasy-romance novel about an Elvin princess who wants more in life. The story takes place in the magical land of Tallenmere where humans, elves, wizards, trolls, and faeries coexist with one another. Caliphany Aranea is the daughter of Tallenmere&rsquo;s most prominent wizard and is the only niece of King Leopold. Caliphany&rsquo;s parents hope that since she is the last heir of the family that she&rsquo;d eventually take over her dad&rsquo;s job as a teacher in the mage guild. Caliphany doesn&rsquo;t want to be stuck doing the same thing day in and day out; instead she longs to travel to different lands, for all she seen is within the city&rsquo;s wall. Finally fed up with people dictating her fate Caliphany set sails with ranger-pirate Galadin, who saved her from a near kidnapping attempt. The story is told from three different point-of-views; the first half is told from Cali and Galadin&rsquo;s perspective and in the last half the author adds another person. I didn&rsquo;t really like Cali right away; she came off as annoying and naive in the beginning. For someone who is 100 years old (elves age slow) she acted like an adolescent. Thankfully as the story went on, readers got to see Cali slowly grow and mature (since the book spans about 8-10 years give or take). Let&rsquo;s just say that Cali in the beginning and Cali in the end are almost two different people, but I think it makes sense when one has a family of their own. Cali isn&rsquo;t the type of woman that stands back and let&rsquo;s other people fight her battle; she tough and can definitely hold her own. Then we have our main hero Galadin, he was a pirate turned ranger (warrior/ hunter who sell goods to different lands/merchants) who is half Elvin and half human. He happened to be on his many sailing trips when he meets Cali. He rescues her from a kidnapping attempt and later hired to teach her everything he knew about being a ranger. I really liked Galadin, he had a tough life growing up and a bit of a shady past but eventually got out of that life. Galadin is everything readers look for in a male lead; he&rsquo;s sexy, kind/humble, strong and a warrior. I really enjoyed A RANGER&rsquo;S TALE. I love the perfect balance of fantasy and romance, both genres never out-doing the one another. The book was pretty steamy, almost leaning toward erotica if I really think about it but it never once took anything away from the story or its characters. While I liked most of the book, there were two things I didn&rsquo;t like. Towards the last half of the book something happened to Galadin and while not Cali&rsquo;s fault&hellip;I didn&rsquo;t like how fast she kind of moved on. She never once stopped loving Galadin but some of the stuff she chose to do was questionable in my opinion and in a way she was stringing ---blank--- on&hellip;it all rubbed me the wrong way. Regardless of these two little problems I had with the book, A RANGER&rsquo;S TALE overall had a good story and world-building that kept me engaged the entire time. If you like fantasy or a steamy romantic story then this is the book for you.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Book exchanged for an honest review:High elf Caliphany (Cali) Aranea wants different life from the one her father Mage Sirius Aranea has in mind. Caliphany has magic at times quite uncontrolled by her much to her father's dismay. Caliphany wants to see the world around and explore. Down at the docks Caliphany dreams of another life other than the one she has where she's nearly kidnapped but she's rescued by half elf named Galadin Trudeaux. Galadin Trudeaux's past haunts but nothing compared to Caliphany's presence does. Caliphany fails once again with mage testing and disappoints her father again. Caliphany is determined to try something new and sets her sights on ranger skills. Caliphany seeks out Galadin to help her do as she desires. Galadin agrees to teach her what he knows. She has month to learn what she can while her father is away. Caliphany finds that she's falling in love with Galadin. Upon Sirius's return, Caliphany is told she will wed Aelendyl which Caliphany says that she will not do. Her father locks her in the basement not realizing that she has skills he doesn't know about. Caliphany escapes by seeking out Galadin. Jayden Ravenwing of the Leogard Intelligence Organization (L.I.O.) has been secretly in love with Caliphany. King Leopold calls off the search for Caliphany after receiving word that she's alright. Cali marries Galadin and they live a happy life until Cali believes he's been killed. Cali becomes a ranger and L.I.O. officer. Someone is threatening Sirius Aranea's life. Who wants to harm Sirius? What does Aelendyl want? Do ghosts come back to life? Your answers await in A Ranger's Tale. I loved this high fantasy story! I truly adored Cali's character and spunk. She knew what she wanted and made no bones about it. I truly despised Sirius for all of his coldness and lack of understanding in regards to Cali. This story was cleverly woven together by the author and look forward to read the next installment in this series.
MarieHahn13 More than 1 year ago
An Absolute Must Read for Paranormal Romance Fans! Mysti Parker has exquisitely detailed a world that stretches your imagination, as she crafts a beautiful story. Each one of the unique characters is penned with care: you are able to see their actions come to life in front of your eyes. Emotions are created and crafted in such a way as to move the reader to tears, laughter, elation and sadness. As the story progresses, you witness character and relationship growth, maturity, love and complete devotion are all on display. An absolute must read for any romance and paranormal fans. I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review &ndash; all conclusions are my own responsibility.
CyanDragon More than 1 year ago
A first time experiencing any of Mysti Parker&rsquo;s work and it definitely will not be my last! This story has so much magic, excitement, love, thrills and chills, and all with a side of tears, both of joy and of sadness that makes it hard to put down and leaves you wanting more. So much emotion flows into the reader from the pages that you cannot help but to gasp, cry, laugh or whichever other sentiment is being expressed by the author. Cali finally gets what she wants in life and has waited for many years to experience, which is to be truly happy and content in life. Along her journey, she manages to gain understanding in true love, a love that goes soul deep. The author created a fantastic paranormal romance that any fan of the genre will fully enjoy! I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review &ndash; all conclusions are my own responsibility.
gaele More than 1 year ago
In a uniquely compact and bluntly honest writing style, Parker has managed to craft a world, build characters and create palpable emotions in the reader with the plotting.  Combining all the elements needed in a good story: a quest, a romance, characters who are unique yet sublimely defined and a series of events that are easy to relate to, this story starts slowly as readers are given the chance to familiarize themselves with the world and the characters.  Soon the pacing changes and the scuffles between the two romantic leads as they struggle with their own issues and maneuvering their way through the challenges begin to appear and expose the very human-like challenges their world faces from intolerance, war, greed and violence.  A really good start to what is sure to be a series appreciated by many.  I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Book Trailer Showcase eMagazine. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
RavenaierKP More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Ever played Dungeons and Dragons? This book is straight out of it. High Elves, wood elves, halflings, dwarves, humans, half-elves, its all there. If you don&rsquo;t like this stuff, don&rsquo;t read it. It truly read like something out of a D&amp;D campaign, with some romance and heartbreak rolled into it. The author put in enough culture into the world to make it believable, and enough description to make you feel it. As an old Dungeons and dragons gamer and a fan of fantasy, I really enjoyed reading this book. The sequel to it is on my TBR shelf, after I get read the books I owe other reviews to.
TheJammieGirl More than 1 year ago
Caliphany stole my heart from the beginning. She's high elf royalty with exceptional magical talents, but she wants to see the world and use her magic for practical rather than academic purposes. Ranger and ship captain Galadin is as handsome as any hero should be, with just enough dark secrets to make him fascinating. This was a fast-paced read with well-developed primary and secondary characters, and the world of Tallenmere is a character in its own right, with descriptions woven subtly throughout the story. I read this several months ago, and then again to refresh my memory just before the sequel, Serenya's Song, came out. It was just as compelling a read the second time!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog Reviewed by Robin Review Copy Provided by the Author Ms. Parker takes us into the world of Tallenmore. A world filled with elves, fairies, wizards, trolls, half lings, and so much more. She did a nice job of blending the world of these magical beings, so that it was enjoyable and easy to imagine with a wonderful eye to detail. We begin with headstrong Caliphany Aranea who wants to escape her controlling father in order to explore the world around her. When she is able to do this she was into ranger Galadin Trudeaux, with both finding themselves instantly attracted to one another. He has to save her from a couple of brutes who attempt to kidnap her only to have their plans foiled by Galadin. Caliphany has a great take charge attitude that tends to get her into to trouble at times, especially when someone wants her to do something that she doesn&rsquo;t quite agree with. More often than not this headstrong attitude gets her into trouble. Gladin, as with most men, doesn&rsquo;t want to admit that he is attracted to the beautiful, headstrong Caliphany. After all things can&rsquo;t work out for them, he is of the working class and she is royalty. Despite the fact they are attracted to each other, have the same interests and seem to find they are falling in love with each other. They each have to deal with the inner turmoil that they are in love, fight the past and secrets of said past. Caliphany doesn&rsquo;t realize the pressure she puts on Galadin, leaving him feeling that he can&rsquo;t do anything right or live up to her expectations, which leaves him feeling just a little unworthy of her. I think this comes from living such a sheltered overprotective life. In defense of Caliphany , Galadin does have a dark past which leaves her leery of him at times, questioning as to whether she is able to trust him or not. I loved the easy transition between the telling of the story with the different characters. It was written in first person narrative and when jumping from one head to the next it can become confusing. But, Ms. Parker did a good job. I also felt that Ms. Parker held back a little. It seemed as if she wanted to take you further but held back a little. She would grab a hold of you the reader, reeling you, in only to let you go. Other than that it was a fun romance to read with the magic coming at you from all directions. Magic and passion is well blended so that the reader isn&rsquo;t disappointed. I look forward to the next in the series of the world of &lsquo;Tallenmore&rsquo;.
Jenny_Twist More than 1 year ago
When Sirius, the arch-mage, loses his only son in battle, his remaining child, Caliphany, is expected to take on the responsibilities and duties of her dead brother and succeed her father as head of the Mage Academy. But Caliphany has other ideas. A Ranger's Tale follows her adventures as she fights to escape her controlling father and see something of the world. This is a fast-paced action story with a strong love interest set against the Tolkienesque background of Mysti's fantasy world of Tallenmere. Mysti employs the unusual device of speaking in the first person from the point of view of three of the major characters - Caliphany herself and her two lovers, Galadin and Jayden - giving the narrative an immediacy which helps maintain the tension throughout. The issues in this novel - the breaking of parental bonds, dealing with betrayal and guilt, and ultimately the choice between two good men - are timeless, and the resolution is very satisfying. This is the first in a series of novels set in Tallenmere. The second, Serenya's Song, is due to be published in October and continues with one of the major characters from A Ranger's Tale. Mysti's fans will be waiting with bated breath.