Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chalvaren Rising (Kingdom of Chalvaren Book 2) by Paula Millhouse: A Book Review

Chalvaren Rising (Kingdom of Chalvaren Book 2)
Author: Paula Millhouse
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: September 10, 2015
Pages: 318
Source: This book was given to me by Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin. 

     TO ASCEND TRIUMPHANT 

     Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth...and their war. 

     It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

     My Review: Kort, the elven prince, brings Mia back to her birth land in the hopes of marrying her. Once they are back in his kingdom, Mia becomes a dragon rider. This means that the first step of the prophecy is unfolding. Mia is destined to become the hero of the prophecy who is destined to save her kingdom and defeat an evil sorcerer. She finds that the evil sorcerer is connected to her. Can Mia help make this ancient prophecy come to fruition?

     Mia is a strong and admirable heroine. I felt sorry for her in the beginning because she was lonely and abandoned until Kort came along. At first, she seemed uncertain about her destiny, but later on she grows more confident. I also like how Mia was curious about the kingdom of Chalvaren and that she asks questions about it. I also loved her relationship with Kort. It was Kort who gives her courage and who persuades her to come back home. There were some moments where I thought they were very insecure in their feelings, for they were prone to jealousy. Other than that, I thought that their relationship was steady and mature, for without the other, they would not have succeeded.

     Overall, this story is about love, choices, redemption, and hope. The message of the story is that love conquers all. The story had a slow beginning, but eventually it picked up. I thought Chalvaren was a well built world, for the author gave us a lot of information about her world. I also loved all her characters. I liked how she gave us an interesting villain. The ending was very sweet with a happily ever after feel. I advise you to read her first novel, Dragonstone before you read Chalvaren Rising. This is because this was the only novel I read in the series so I was a little lost in the beginning. I recommend this to anyone who loves epic fantasy with dragons and a touching love story.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This is the official book trailer for Chalvaren Rising:

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