Review by Ner
Author: Marilena Mexi
Release Date: March 18th, 2013
Publisher: Marilena Mexi
Pages: 152 (Paperback)
Genre: New Adult | Romance | Fantasy
Read: from February 5 to 7, 2014
Source & Shelf: Won | Own
ISBN: 9781300846529 (Paperback)
Alcander is a young prince who lives in the city of Silver Fir, which is being plagued by continuous winter for two decades. Though he’s a generous and patriotic young man, he is disliked by the commoners, who see him as nothing more than the son of the land’s tyrannical queen, Charna.
When he discovers a secret about his past, he reconsiders everything he knew so far and he sets forth on an epic quest in order find the source of the evil plague and save his homeland. He comes across deadly enemies and he experiences love, loss and treason. However, the greatest milestone of this quest is a powerful dragon, who will change his fate forever.
Alcander isn’t prepared to face the massive changes which are about to happen in his life, but the strength hiding in his heart will keep his hope alive.
‘DEERWARD’ is a High-Fantasy Novel for New Adults.
Disclaimer: I won this book on a giveaway (Goodreads First Reads) and it was sent to me by the author, Marilena Mexi, herself in exchange for an honest review.
I won Deerward on Goodreads First Reads and I was very excited to start reading it. Specifically because this sounded like the sort of fantasy book that would drag me to a whole different world.
However, despite being a nice read, it lacked depth and the pace was so fast I lost most of the characters development. Not to mention the romance which was as quick as lightning.
If this story, the story of Alcander and his journey to save Silver Fir from its endless winter and evil queen, had been written in several books – say, a trilogy – maybe it would have worked wonders for me. But as 154 page book, I felt the story flashed before my eyes.
Though the story was gripping and the whole plot interesting enough, the fact that it took only that amount of pages to tell the story of Alcander’s life was the main issue for me.
I enjoyed the world that Marilena Mexi created and the characters within this book. But I feel that the world was still blooming and that we didn’t saw the true potential of it all. And, again, I blame the shortness of the story.
Still, this was a nice and quick fantasy book that surely took me to a different world where dragons, witches, monsters and romance dwell.