Friday, February 23, 2018

The Amber Exilir (#1 A Two Realms Novella) Ariella Moon - Blog Tour

The Amber Elixir
Ariella Moon
(A Two Realms Novella, #1)
Publication date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Viviane, the new Lady of the Lake and High Priestess of Avalon, accepts a challenge from Merlin unaware her bold actions will have tragic consequences. Two of her priestesses are turned to stone. A forbidden love deserts her. Now alone, she has six young handmaidens to train and protect.

When Morgan le Fay demands assistance with a spell that could change the balance of power in the Two Realms, Viviane refuses her. But what if Morgan’s secret knowledge could restore the stone priestesses? Will an alliance prompt Viviane’s love to return? Or will the gamble cost her all she holds dear?

3 Stars

This is an introduction to A Two Realms Trilogy. It's set in the Arthurian era where magic reigned.

Vivianne is Merlin's apprentice and the new lady of the lake. Confident in her magic, she accepts a challenge from Merlin and as a result has to endure a severe punishment. Avalon is now in a dire state and she has to find a way to right the wrongs.

Morrain, a water fay comes across an object that she considers to be a "treasure" and delivers this to Mab, the Fay Queen. Her reward is not quite what she expects. Morgan Le Fay has her own agenda which just so happens to be linked to that particular object. Vivianne's quest to make amends leads her to make a bad decision. A decision which threatens her purpose and those in her care.

This novella consists of several layers. Merlin's intentions are not quite clear. Morgan's behaviour is conflicting and Mab remains a bit of a mystery despite the assumptions being made about her.

Although Vivianne makes some progress, there are more questions to be answered. This contains white and dark magic with the elements of deceit and greed for power. It's a complex and interesting introduction to the series.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Author Bio

Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman and former teen to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval Scotland and Fairy fantasy adventure, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances. Moon’s “Covert Hearts” appears in Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection.

Ms. Moon spent her childhood flying to rooftops in her dreams and searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.

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