Saturday, November 7, 2015

Book "Azurite" by Megan Dent Nagle

About the Book: There is magic in the earth.
It is a volatile force, forged from the energy of our planet’s birth and instilled into the spirit of every living being. It is what binds the world together–constant and unchanging, simply existing, unable to be created or destroyed.
Our progenitors named it Ithillium.
In the beginning, there were those who could maneuver Ithillium–sorcerers who Bonded to it. Used it. But now their legacy only survives by the grace of their legends. There are those who believe sorcerers still exist, but fear of persecution subdues them into silence.
And there are those, the anomalies, who are ignorant to the truth, but by their very existence prove what should have been told from the beginning. The last heir to the Samarian throne, Zora Winnser, is one of these people.
Resented by her Queen mother and denied her right of ascension by an archaic law, Zora is exiled to Cara, the southern most country in the Realm. It is these trials, and the appearance of an unlikely companion, that forces Zora to face the truth about herself, her abilities, and the world as she knows it.
Back home, an ancient foe looms on Samaria’s horizon, threatening to exploit the very heart of their wealth–the mines.
Embittered with secrets of her own, Queen Evangeline foolishly leads Samaria into certain demise, through a war they cannot win. Throughout the country mutiny is unleashed, loyalties are tested, and all faith in Evangeline is lost.
In order to combat the evil invading her country, Zora must embrace her new identity as a wielder of Ithillium. But in a world where history is rewritten to accommodate an ideal, where lies become truth and truth become lies, will her country accept her back for what she was? Or hate her for what she has become.

About the Author: She is originally from Hollywood, FL, so she grew up near the beach and the Everglades. She is a graduate of FAU (GO OWLS!) and have a degree in business and accounting.
Her passions are reading and writing. She is kind of a health nut and love eating healthy and working out.
She is a Christian and all the glory goes to God above.
She just published her fist book, Azurite. It's a new adult fantasy novel and the first in a series, Daughter of the Mountain.
Check it out!
Her favorite books are: Interview with the Vampire, Wuthering Heights, and anything by Edgar Allen Poe.

My Review: This is an amazing beginning of a series by this very talented young author. The plot is rich, full of politic intrigues, battles, betrayal, sorcery. The characters are well constructed and very much enjoyable. The world she created is described in details and we feel like we are living the story together with our heroine.
We cheer for Zora at every turn of pages. Evangelina, the Evil Queen of the story, is easy to dislike. Her greedy for power and eternal life are ingredients for trouble. Zora is her daughter, but she is despised by her mother. Although loved by the people of Samaria, Zora will not succeed her mother, if that depends on Evangelina's will. Zora is exiled and with the help of a warden, begins to learn the power of bonding with Ithillium, a kind of energy force that flows from the spirit of every living being. While Zora is in exile, Evangelina makes a deal with the worst enemy of Samaria and things go from bad to worst.
This book has all the ingredients to be an instant success. Excellent plot, a dose of romance, and a lot of action. Kudos to the author in her first book! I hope the second book will not take long to be released!
I received a copy of this book for reviewing, but I was not requested to provide a positive review. Opinion expressed here is my own.

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