and the Rose
Garrik le Fey, First King of Tarlis, has pledged his life to destroying his Kingdom's deadliest enemy, Narokah, Dark Priest to the crazed God of Blood. After finding Narokah sacrificing a young girl, Garrik slays him, but with the powers bestowed on him by his dark god Arahman, the priest is able to transform himself to a red dragon. Garrik counters by having his sorcerer friend, Arkron, change him to a black dragon. Garrik tells Arkron that should he not be able to defeat Narokah, he is to perform the spell that will trap them both between the pages of the ancient spell book, Arkgeld, Book of the Stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In this first tale of the Tarlisian world, Julie D'Arcy spins a vivid story of good vs. evil, magic, and adventure.
Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2005
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In this first tale of the Tarlisian world, Julie D'Arcy spins a vivid story of good vs. evil, magic, and adventure.
So the legend goes... Garrick le Fey, the First King of Tarlis, sacrificed himself and his freedom to protect his people from evil. He is transformed into a black dragon and trapped in a magical book, with his old nemesis, Narokah, high priest to Arahmin the God of Blood, who turned into a red dragon when Garrick tried to kill him.
Centuries later, a carpenter unknowingly breaks the spellbinding Narokah and Garrick, unleashing a great horror on the world once more. Dragon by day, man by night, Garrick must retrieve an ancient elven sword, the only weapon capable of destroying the high priest and prevent the final ritual that will release Arahmin.
Meggahn du Val, daughter of the Low-Lord of Gola-Dah, is doomed to a marriage with the sadistic Baron Madric le Mordah, the Red Lord. When contemplating her fate on her final night of freedom, she sees a black dragon shoot across the sky. Deciding to ask the dragon for aid, she sets out on the first steps of a grand adventure. Whoever would have thought she would have her life irrevocably changed and her heart stolen by a legendary king of old?
The journey is just beginning in this book, with escapades on every page that will keep one eager to see what comes next, all the way to the surprise revealed at the end. This story is primarily a fantasy novel, but it does have its underlying love stories. The descriptions of the world are brilliantly done; with scents, sounds, and colors jumping out at the readers so they can't help but be drawn into the story.
The characters are realistic, with thoughts and feelings, fears and desires, just like everyone.
Garrick's only wish is to protect his world and his people from being destroyed by dreadful evil. He is even willing to sacrifice himself if it means keeping those he cares about safe. Meggahn is a brave woman, wanting her freedom from a dreadful man, as well as wanting his reign of terror to their people to cease. She is willing to do almost anything to see that happen. All of the secondary characters add to the story as well. There is Vellandril, the elven prince who puts duty to his people above matters of the heart.
One will love Johden, the young servant to Garrick who longs to be a warrior. And who can forget the frightening Narokah and Madric? Yet their desire to inflict living misery on the people is matched by the goodness of Ejinerah, guardian of the Orb of de Danann, and Arkron the wizard friend of Garrick.
This book captivated this reviewer and has made her eager to read the rest of the books in the series written by the talented Ms. D'Arcy.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, February 2005. All rights
5.0 out of 5 stars King Garrik le Fey of Tarlis strikes a deadly blow to Naroka
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2004
King Garrik le Fey of Tarlis strikes a deadly blow to Narokah, his Kingdom's deadliest enemy, the Dark Priest to the god Arahman. However, instead of death, the malevolent uses his powers to change into a red dragon. Frantic Garrik orders his sorcerer to convert him into a black dragon with the stipulation that if he fails to destroy Narokah, the sorcerer is to trap both of them inside the ancient magical spell tome, Arkgeld.
Eight hundred years later, the two dragons are freed from the prison book, but Tarlis is ruled by a cruel dictatorship and the people believe Garrik is a myth. Besides needing to stop his dangerous foe and deal with the current avaricious leadership, Garrik must employ an Elven ritual to stop his total transformation into the beast.
To succeed on that first leg and ultimately to vanquish his deadly opponent, Garrik needs allies, but can he trust the angry vengeful elf, Vellandril or Meggahn daughter of a Low-Lord; for, without either of them, Garrik's legend will include failure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction Factor Review
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2004
Garrik le Fey, the first King of Tarlis fought the High Priest of Darkness, Narokah to the death, but Narokah called upon his evil master for aid and was transformed into a red dragon. In order to stop his nemeses from bringing the God of Blood into their world, Garrik forces his wizard to turn him into a dragon as well. With the battle raging without any hope of success or end, the sorcerer exiles both dragons into The Book of Stars where the battle continues for more than eight hundred years.
It is the simple act of vandalism that frees the dragons and brings the fight back to Tarlis once more.
The novel follows Garrik through heroic trials and heartbreaking events as he struggles to bring an end to Narokah's evil. Arkron, the sorcerer who placed the dragons in the book centuries ago, has used his magic to restore his youth so that he might battle at his master's side. Their efforts are jeopardized when Arkron cannot stop Garrik from reverting to dragon form every morning. With each change, more black scales remain on Garrik's chest and if they don't find the magic to stop it, he will lose his identity and will to the dragon.
All of the characters were well developed and engaging. Some of the strongest character growth occurred in Johden, a young lady who wishes to become a Knight of the Stars. Both she and Lady Meggahn must learn the cost and strength of love in this romantic fantasy.I'm a paragraph. Click once to begin entering your own content. You can change my font, size, line height, color and more by highlighting part of me and selecting the options from the toolbar.
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