The Queen of the Realm of Faerie is a fairy tale fantasy series that bridges the Mortal and Enchanted worlds. The main character, Melia, is an eighteen-year-old half-faerie, half-mortal. She lives in Illialei, a country in the Enchanted World, with her two sisters and their mother. Melia’s father has been exiled to the Mortal World, and her best friend is a pixie.
When the story opens in the first book, Melia is troubled by her dark moon visions, gossip she overhears about her parents at the local market, and the trauma of living among full-blooded faeries with wings—she doesn’t have any.
As the series unfolds, the historic and mystical forces that shape Melia’s life are revealed. Each step of her journey—to find the place where she belongs—alters her perceptions about herself, deepens her relationships with others, and enlarges her world view.
In The Dragon Carnivale, book 3 of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie, energies in the Enchanted World are shifting and new alliances are forming; the Battle of Dark and Light has begun. Melia is desperate to make things right with Ryder, the young priest from Idonne, but first she must warn the half-bloods in the Mortal World that Umbra is coming for them, and face the powerful Dragonwitch and her spectacular Dragon Carnivale.
The first two books in the series: Nandana’s Mark and The Flower of Isbelline are currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. Nandana’s Mark is free. The Dragon Carnivale is scheduled for a June 18, 2013, release.
In the heart of the Enchanted World, a defiant young half-faerie struggles to free herself from the shadow of her father’s dark ambitions…
Dark visions haunt the half-faerie Melia, but try as she might, she can't chase away the images of destruction linked to her father's obsession with Umbra--the mortal ash accumulating in the Void. Looking for a way to put an end to the visions, she visits the Illustrator and receives a strange mark meant to bring her help. Before it arrives, a tragic accident occurs and a family's dark legacy unravels.
The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series is inspired by the 15th century French fairy tale, Melusine.
My review. 4 of 5 stars.
When I finished with the story I was keen to start reading the second, but I'm struggling to put down in words what I felt about this one. This story starts slowly, building towards a confrontation near the middle of the book. This is where the story really starts to unfold and where secrets are revealed. As the book ends you realise you are not reading the glittery Faerie story you thought it might be, but instead you are faced with a series of secrets and betrayals, mixed in with adventure, danger and maybe even a little love story in there too.
The Flower of Isbelline
The half-faerie Melia wants to save her sister from a false marriage, and their world from a dark power. But her sister is determined to pursue their father's damning legacy, and the cost of denying true love will be apocalyptic.
My review. 4 of 5 stars.
I said Nandana's Mark started slowly, the same cannot be said for this one. The story starts with Melia rushing to warn her friend about the danger she's in and from there its non stop action. I literally could not put this book down, I read it one sitting, I have gone without sleep to finish reading this book. I cant wait to read The Dragon Carnivale.
Melia has grown so much in just a few short days, she's stronger and she doesn't even see it. With Ryder by her side she's starting to see herself more clearly, to feel more comfortable in her own skin. I just really hope she doesn't push him away.
Heidi Garrett is the author of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series. Her personal message to all her readers is:
Once upon a time, you lived in an enchanted world, too… There is magic in all our lives; sometimes we need to look through different eyes to see it.
The Queen of the Realm of Faerie includes many strong female characters within an intricate fantasy land. It is also a fairy tale fantasy. Heidi's hope is that when you read her books, you will rediscover the enchantment in your own life. She currently resides in eastern Washington with her husband and their two cats. So far, she loves the snow. Being from the South, she finds it magical.
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