Friday, January 30, 2015

The Wizard Rises by A.J. Nuest

Title:  A Wizard Rises
Series:  The Golden Key Legacy #3
Author:  A.J. Nuest
Published:  January 29/15 by HarperImpulse UK
Length:  106pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  fantasy romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★+

Back Cover Blurb:

The homecoming celebration held in honor of Princess Faedrah is fraught with perilous frustration. Her nightmares have returned thricefold and, to her horror, a horrendous blight has spread like a plague throughout the kingdom. Compounding her worries, Rhys’ arrival in her world has been welcomed with the exact horror-filled reaction she expected. Her beloved has been cast into the dungeons, and no amount of arguing with the king and queen will prove he’s her fated love.

Magical powers were supposed to be a gift, or so Rhys McEleod had always believed. Too bad the second he landed in Faedrah’s world the legacy he inherited slammed into his body like a weight. He’s got zero control and his constant visions of Faedrah fighting an evil entity aren’t helping. At least her parents made the right decision and stuck him away someplace safe. Until he can figure out his next move, prove himself an ally and uncover the clues to stopping Faedrah’s nightmares, he’s got no choice but to wait…and learn exactly what he’s become.

My Review:

Nuest definitely tells this story with flair. Nuest’s vivid writing transports her readers into this absolutely magical fantasy world. The story is fast paced, exciting, and wildly imaginative. Nuest brings everything to life in a vividly real manner that is absolutely magical (excuse the pun). The author has such a natural writing style that she invites readers to take part in the story, rather than to simply read it. Her eloquent yet larger than life descriptions allow you to easily picture each and every aspect of this vividly colourful world.

I fully enjoyed the strength of character embodied by Rhys and Faedrah. The way that they stick to what they believe and stand with each other throughout, never losing faith. The chemistry & heat between the two also sizzle and pop. I love Rhys’ character. He’s such a pile of contradictions, and comes together in the ultimate bad-boy persona. Faedrah also really comes into her own during this one. Seeing her assert herself in a larger sense was fantastic. The secondary characters also helped make this story into what it was. The conflict and friendships, along with the individual personalities heighten the intensity of the story.

This novella was absolutely breathtaking and will be something that I re-read many times over. I can’t wait to see what comes next for my favourite fantasy couple. I’ll be pacing the floor waiting on the release of the final instalment in this unforgettable serial.

1 comment:

  1. Jonel!!! You are so awesome!!! Thank you so, so much for this fantastic review! I adore it and I adore you!! xoxo