She was rescued from a darkened dungeon; brought out into the light with no memory of her past. Her only certainty was her name: Suzanna.
Her flesh marks her as a daemon, one of a race of deadly warriors locked in a war with their mortal enemies, the daevas, that has scoured the surface of the world. But her soul is something more, something that sets her apart from her own kind and lets her speak the language of humans.
She exists between the world of the human knights who saved her life, and the fragmented memories of her former self. Drawn into events beyond her control, Suzanna must accept her past and finally learn who or what she really is, underneath her daemonic skin.
She will become the key to ending the war - but will it be with the destruction or the salvation of the daemonva?
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About the Author
Claire is a writer who produces fantasy adventure, steampunk, sci-fi, genre - basically anything weird. Irish ex-pat now living the Canadian Dream in Vancouver. Web programmer by day. Occasional maker of cloth-based stuff. Longsword fighter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
From the first page, one knows they have begun a journey to another realm, one filled with violence, hatred and even never ending love that runs soul deep. Humans have gone underground to avoid the devastating war waged between the daemonva and the daeva. Tortured to near death, all Suzanna can remember is her name when she is rescued by a human warrior from her dungeon prison. Suzanna isn’t human; she has the flesh and wings of the daemonva, but is a meldling, the product of a humanva and daemonva “fusion. “ A creature that shouldn’t be, feared, hated and always destroyed, but there is something different about her and Lukas feels it a she nurses her back to health and protects her. Inside, she learns she is more than her skin would reveal and she realizes what Lukas sees in her. Can she live with that knowledge? Is she prepared for the truth and her possible destiny? Has her heart fallen for the man who rescued her? Does he feel the same or is he lost to a love from the past? The Meldling by Claire Ryan is epic fantasy, a tale that could continue on and on as each intricately detailed page is turned, unfolding more to discover. Claire Ryan has taken us into another place and time, where magic can be used for good or evil, races have drawn lines between themselves and others and compassion for suffering may become extinct. Filled with winged creatures, sorcerers and the mystery of the Distant Nine and their powers, she dares to place the fate of an innocent creature with an unknown past at the mercy of strangers who may discover who and what she is, was and will be while holding her life in their hands. Wonderful dialogue, a touch of lightness and a romance too fragile to believe, Claire Ryan has taken fantasy on down a path of shrouded twists that is sure to engulf her readers and bring them along for more! I was easily drawn in, saw each scene and imagined the feel and look of Suzanna’s delicate wings. That is the power of wonderful writing, taking the reader from reality and into another world! 4.5 Stars I received this copy from Claire Ryan in exchange for my honest review.
" Love does not see the eye,nor the skin, he said. Love sees to the heart and the soul" Suzanna, a stabling melding of a human and a demon( humanova and daemononva) may be the only hope humanity has to survive. Having been fused by a powerful wizard, she is saved and brought back to health by humans and now they are depending on her to save their world. Can she do it...in time.... In a tale that will remind you of The Odyssey, Tolkien, Narnia and the books of L. Frank Baum, Claire Ryan has written a morality tale for "the ages" that entertains and could be used as an exemplar in an ethics class. However, it is also a wonderful love story. (This book is truly the best example of #Mt.TBR I know right now.) I wish I had read this sooner than I did. Gifted to me by the author,I was in such awe of the actual bookbinding work that I just let it sit in the shelf for months!...and then read it in a few hours total...and have to read the next as soon as I can afford to. Claire Ryan is an author to follow....highly recommended!