Saturday, May 3, 2014

Candra's Freedom by A.J. Nuest

Title:  Candra's Freedom
Series:  The Golden Key Chronicles #2
Author:  A.J. Nuest
Published:  December 12th 2013 by HarperImpulseUK
Length:  88pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The key would unlock his future and the safety of his kingdom, but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock his heart…

Lost in a world she doesn't recognize, Rowena struggles to find her place.

Yet her abilities with a blade and the loyalty of a fierce falcon don't discourage the heated advances of the handsome Prince Caedmon, and the connection between them seems much deeper than her troubled heart can recall.

Book 2 in the breathtaking new Fantasy Romance series from AJ Nuest!

My Review:

What a thrill. This one is lighter on the romance and heavier on the suspense than the first novella in the series, but delicious all the same. There is also much more subterfuge, but it’s just as gripping, if not more so. Nuest’s descriptions make you giggle while putting a vivid picture in your mind. This entire world is brought to life in an incomparable manner. She also writes exhilarating battle scenes filled with bravery and cunning that will have your nerves on edge. The entire read was a rush. If I wasn’t hooked on the series before I definitely am now.

Don’t even get me started on the characters. They are the same, yet different. The years between the instalments have changed them, yet you can still see the people they used to be. I’m definitely in love with the male lead. My heart breaks for him. I found myself rooting for his success. I also felt myself hurting for as well as being proud of the female lead. I couldn’t imagine two better suited individuals for the opposition that they play.

Overall? A phenomenal read. My favourite fantasy of the year to date. Nuest combines suspense with court intrigue in a manner that’s devilishly entertaining. As much as this novella wouldn’t make sense without reading the first in the series it’s still a must read for all!

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About the author:

I am a multi-published, award-winning author who lives in the middle of a cornfield in NW Indiana. My loving husband, two beautiful children and a bevy of spoiled pets have agreed to stay and, in exchange for three rations per day and laundry service, tolerate my lunacy. While I spend most days happily ensconced in crafting romance across a multitude of genres, an underground coup has been percolating. The dogs just informed me the cat is secretly vying for dictatorship.

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And make sure to join us for the phenomenal giveaway with A.J. Nuest and The Golden Key Chronicles from April 26-May 20.  

The prizes include:
Grand Prize -- Swag bag, jewelry and an e-book of The Golden Key Chronicles collection, which includes the bonus free read.
1st Place Prize -- an e-book of The Golden Key Chronicles Collection which includes the bonus free read.
2nd Place Prize -- The four original installments of the series, Books 1-4 of the collection

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  1. I was up before dawn. LOL I was so nervous/excited to read your review, Jonel, that the moment I rolled over in bed I was wide awake, thinking and hoping and praying that you liked Candra's Freedom. W-O-W. Never, never did I expect THIS! You are so wonderful! Thank you so much for this generous review! I'm off to happily shoot out the news to everyone who will listen!! xx

  2. Great post and interview! Congratulations. AJ's books are a must read and should be on everybody's TBR list.

  3. Thank you so much, Jerrie! And thanks for stopping by! Love ya!