'A well written, engaging and gripping story'. Clive S Johnson, AIA reviews.
Trainee Warrior Ariel has to rescue her mother from a fearsome demon. She hopes that the great library at Sheldra holds the key to finding his lair, but in order to get there, she must negotiate a forest of evil spirits, escape a mind-numbing city of sparkling towers, travel through the treacherous gullies and ancient villages of Minion Hills, and avoid an attack by a demon lord intent on killing her.
At the same time, a battle rages between her heart and her mind. A relationship with her travelling companion, the enigmatic Nick, is just too tempting, but can they be together without Ariel losing her focus and falling to the demons? Her life is at stake, but also her heart. She risks encasing it in stone and denying herself the very sustenance she needs.
Will they make it to the safe haven of Sheldra, or will Ariel die at the hands of the yellow-eyed demon?
Information on book1 in the series is available at http://tahlianewland.com. This book has received an AIA Seal of Excellence in Fiction
About the Author
Tahlia Newland has written and published eight books, three of which have won multiple awards. She writes inspirational and heart-warming magical realism and fantasy, and also makes masquerade masks and steampunk hats and accessories at http://tahliasmasks.com. Her wardrobe is full of steampunk clothing which she wears every day because beautiful clothes deserve to be worn. She works as an editor for AIA Editing and AIA Publishing, a selective, author-funded publishing company, and lives in an Australian rainforest with a lovely husband and two cheeky Burmese cats. All her major books have a Burmese cat in them.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This epic adventure continued from where book one ended and I couldn't wait to get right back into the action. By now I've gotten to know these characters pretty well and I enjoyed continuing their journey with them, with a few minor characters who appeared in book one playing a bigger role in this story, as well as a few new ones. Filled with even more twists and turns, this story only got better and better. With new alliances and even more danger, there were moments when I had to wonder who could be trusted and who had their own agenda. And then there was the romance element that didn't completely steal the show but satisfied the romantic in me. I enjoyed seeing Ariel and Nick together, and even though Ariel was so reluctant to be anything more than friends, sparks fired whenever these two interacted. There was just no denying their chemistry. Although, I must admit that is was a nice change to have a character who looked at the bigger picture instead of falling all over themselves in the name of love. Again, the thing that stood out for me was the message this book held, and I absolutely loved the way in which it was delivered. Instead of feeding our demon's we should look to the light within to find peace, acceptance and understanding. I'm eager to get to the next level on the mountain and one step closer to defeating the ultimate evil that lurks.
Scenes take me out of my living room and into Diamond Peak In her second book of the Diamond Peak series, Newland draws us further into the world of Ariel, a regular girl with a fantastic past and a challenging future. Ariel, Nick, and Twitchet depart the haven of the Observatory to continue up the mountain in their mission to defeat Rasama. Deadly perils and romantic tension await Ariel and Nick on the trail. In a push for the next haven at Sheldra, Nick and Ariel must fight monsters, demons, mages, and their feelings while Twitchet heckles them. Between the three and Sheldra stand many different supernatural terrains and the enemies who inhabit them, which are sometimes the same thing. Can they overcome the obstacles and enemies to arrive at Sheldra? Will Amic show up to oppose them? Will Ariel be able to defeat him if he does? In Newland’s signature style, she turns internal struggles into fantastic battles of magic. Feelings have a color and a brightness, and evil has many faces and personalities. Even romance holds extra danger when a girl can zap the one she loves with the power of feelings. This can be particularly excruciating with a volatile teen! I admit I found Ariel’s fluctuating resolve almost as aggravating as Nick did, even though we both knew why she felt that way. Newland really nailed the love/hate relationship with Twitchet, who amused, comforted, aggravated, and mocked the couple mercilessly. Newland wrestles with the problem of evil, transforming it into a supernatural battle against a tenacious beast. I could really feel her anguish at the infection in society, the hopelessness of so many in the face of the disease, and the deep need for a hero to step in and defeat it. Her enemies weren’t just beings, but sometimes sprits or animated objects, which gave an almost Shinto flavor to some of her terrain. They weren’t simple “bad guys” either but individuals with a perspective and tragic past. Newland’s writing style just gets better and better. Her scenes take me out of my living room and into Diamond Peak. I know when I pick up one of Tahlia’s book I’m in for a great read! I received a copy of this book for the purposes of an honest review.
Great stuff! I would suggest reading Lethal Inheritance first, though it is certainly not essential. This really is a pure fantasy book, written with an older teenager as the target audience. I'm 57, and don't really believe that I would have enjoyed it any more or less at 17. I didn't like it quite as much as the first book. This is mainly because I'm eager to reach the end of the quest, thus find the middle somewhat of a frustration. The books overall quality is top draw, with a good pace and easy style. Unsurprisingly, some of the fantasy elements are very familiar to anyone that has read any of the genre but that doesn't mean there isn't a good deal of originality as well. We can see all the classical elements of the moral quest, the long road searching for the magic that will allow evil to be defeated. The dark forces are embedded in the suffocating, black serpentine. Ariel, the heroine is growing in skill, becoming immersed in the magic of her inheritance, whilst fighting her instincts to run, or fall into the strong arms of her worldly lover, or even to sink into the smothering, beguiling, evil. Arial is as determined to defeat the Rasama as I am to reach the end of book three. I don't think Ariel really found anything but frustration in this difficult middle road either, all sorts of frustrations in her case, especially when this book started with her realising that her personal quest had so far failed. I really need to move on from Sheldra, and Arial and Nick really need to get together with the job done. There are so many cravings that need ending, so Tahlia Newland, please don't keep us waiting too long. Don't give the serpentine over much time to grow, or else Arial will need a forth book in order to bring things to a head. Would Newland do that to us?