Shadows of the Realm
The writing is excellent, and author Dionne Lister deserves much more than five stars for her ability with lyrical description, which makes the reading flow so well.—Mallory Haws
I started reading and then could not put the book down until I had finished.—Helen White
I can’t wait for the next installment. I am hooked. There is a great voice throughout, and sense of humor too, the same kind of droll and dry humor that I relish.—Justin Bogdanovitch
Combined with the interweaving stories, the action grows steadily and comes to a satisfying end that leaves you wanting more. Shadows Of The Realm is a highly enjoyable read that I gladly recommend.—Anna K
Shadows of the Realm is the first in The Circle of Talia series and A Time of Darkness the second (with the third book due out in February 2014). Would I say it’s the best fantasy series with dragons you’ll read this year? Possibly. If you love action, suspense and dragons, you will probably enjoy this. They’ve both had many awesome reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. So, if you’re looking for a new fantasy book or fantasy series to invest in, try this (the dragons implore you).
What is Shadows of the Realm About?
With their world under threat of invasion, Bronwyn and Blayke, two young realmists, are forced to leave all they’ve known to undertake a dangerous journey to learn the magic of the realms before everything they love is destroyed.
The young Realmists’ journey pushes them away from all they’ve known, to walk in the shadows toward Vellonia, city of the dragons, where an even darker shadow awaits.
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A Time of Darkness
What readers have said:
The author did it again. She wrote a book that sucks you in and won’t let go until the final page. I loooooove this book and I read it in one night, I simply couldn’t put it down. The author certainly belongs with all the wonderful fantasy authors I read through my entire life—Helle Gade
I fell in love with the characters during the first novel and it has continued in A Time of Darkness. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 and recommending it to everyone—Leanne Herrera
It made me cry, I mean SOB several times (reaching for my tissues). You just do not find books like this very often these days—Kriss Morton
The prose is extremely well written, and I found the book handles the shifting between the many characters’ storylines and locations quite well – it was effortless to keep up with them—Anna K.
While Bronwyn languishes in a cell in the bowels of Vellonia and the dragon king argues for her death, the gormons are one step closer to destroying Talia. To add to The Circle’s problems, Leon’s plans to overthrow his brother, King Edmund, are moving ahead faster than anyone could have imagined, and someone will die as a result. The realmists and dragons are doing all they can, but how could it possibly be enough when thousands have already been slaughtered?
The prophesized time of darkness, a time the realmists have dreaded for the last thousand years, has begun.