by Melissa Douthit
This is Book 2 in the YA trilogy The Legend of the Raie' Chaelia (rye - kale - ya). I discussed Book 1, The Raie' Chaelia, and its two prequel short stories in last Tuesday's post so I won't retread that ground here.
The adventures of Chalice and Jeremiah continue in The Firelight of Maalda as they make their escape from the ancient underground city where they had taken refuge with the entire community of Bransbury whom they had rescued from captivity in Book 1.
Chalice is introduced to her father's side of the family and learns what it means to be daughter of the True King. She chafes under the imposed 'princess lessons', and she and Jeremiah are separated by space and social convention as he must stay in quarters on the opposite side of the city from the royal quarters and they must endure the shocked reactions from both their people at the fraternizing between the royal princess and the country bumbkin. But it is not just class it is also a racial divide.
Chalice learns the burdensome secret kept by her family for thousands of years. The secret sought by the False King who had deposed her father and exiled him. The secret is thought to be a powerful weapon and in a sense is.
Chalice also discovers the significance of the obsidian stone and dagger given to her by the Chinook race in Book 1. The stone had been stolen from her by the men who had kidnapped her on behalf of the False King. Now the False King's men had also figured out the purpose of the stone and were on their way to the islands of Maalda where they would use it to awaken and enslave the enchanted race of 'dragons' to use them as weapons to subjugate the peoples of the world. Chalice is the only one who can prevent this and she must set out from the city with her royal guard, her trusted friends and her wits to rescue the stone, her father's ship and the dragons.
The book ends on a terrible cliff hanger. Literally.
Well I am going to just quote myself from last Tuesday's post since the following is something I said while talking about the trilogy as a whole:
This fantasy trilogy has a lot going for it. It is well plotted and the world building is extraordinary. The science under-girding it is impeccable The main characters have depth and personalities that come alive on the page. The dialog is more than competent with different characters having distinctive voices.
That said, there are a few areas that could do with some polishing. The pacing within the scenes is often choppy with action and dialog being interrupted for too long with large chunks of description. The information imparted at these times is interesting, even fascinating, and it furthers the plot and/or world building so it is not that it is fluff or filler just that it jars one out of the flow of the story.And as with the first book, this one needs a good line edit. But in spite of these flaws it is a fun story to read and I am champing at the bit to get my hands on Book 3. Not only that, I hope there will be another trilogy in the future set on this world.
I'm authorized to giveaway one ebook copy and since it is ebook that means this is open internationally. The ebook is available in several of the most popular formats.
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Mellisa Douthit has the science background that qualifies her for the exquisite world building in this trilogy. With a degree in Computer Science she currently works as a scientific and mathematic programmer for the Army Corp of Engineers in Salt Lake City. Previously she has worked for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, NASA Ames research Center, Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Naval Postgraduate School.
At this time she writes on the side but her dream is to shift the balance the other direction making programming the side job while writing full time.
Melissa is holding a contest on her web site for a free Kindle during this promotion. She says:
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