The Carnelian Legacy
Marisa MacCallum is a typical 17 year old girl except for the fact that her mom died when she was young and today she buried her dad. Life stinks and there is no consouling this young heart.
She leaves her younger brother and her uncle to deal with the funeral leftovers and heads out to clear her head. Marisa goes out riding her horse Siena and while on Gold Hill a freak lighting storm blows through. Marisa and her horse are caught up in a terrible wind storm and then she is knocked out by a blow to her head.
Upon waking Marisa finds that she and her horse are in a foreign land. Or rather, another dimension. She meets some gorgeous, sometimes stubborn men as she wanders around and she just knows that she will never make it back home.
Monsters. Battles. Good Guys. Bad Guys. The man she intends to marry?!
Will this new land prove to be her new home or will she be able to make it back through the rip in time and space to return to her brother and uncle?
What I Thought
This is a science-fiction type of story, a fantasy with a twist. Not a new twist but a twist nonetheless.
Marisa is a typical teenage girl, trying to find her place in the world, foreign world or otherwise. She pushes against these new strangers in this foreign land and tries to exert her will but she simply just wants to go home. But is home where she believes it to be or has her world disappeared for good?
There are some intense monster scenes, yet not enough to carry this story for me. The battles were intense yet again, not something that I was overly enthused about.
The author was incredible descriptive (overwhelming so on occasion) and would go on and on, so much so hat I would catch myself skimming ahead.
I enjoyed this story, to a point, but I felt like the story has been told before. There are only so many times you can read about the “lost girl that becomes the queen” or the “boy that grew up poor that becomes emperor”. If you are going to go with the same type of story, please throw in a new twist or twelve, so that you can make it your own.
The story carried nicely then all of a sudden it become a story with another one behind it. I’m not sure that I would even pick up the sequel if it were to come out at a later date. This story seemed to drag on with little to no excitement. I felt like I was reading the same thoughts, the same internal arguments, just slightly rewritten.
If you are looking for a read that doesn’t require much, then you should pick up this book. If you are looking for a fantasy story with depth, I’m afraid you will need to look elsewhere.
About This Book
Marisa MacCallum has always believed the man of her dreams was out there somewhere. The problem is, he’s living in another dimension.
After the death of her father, eighteen-year-old Marisa only wants to find solace when she sets out on her daily ride through the woods of Gold Hill. But when a mysterious lightning storm strikes the forest, she is hurled into the alternate dimension of Carnelia where she is soon discovered by the arrogant yet attractive nobleman, Darian Fiore.
Stranded in an ancient world teeming with monsters, maniacs and medieval knights, Marisa has no choice but to accompany Darian on a dangerous mission to negotiate peace with his cousin and archenemy, Savino da Rocha. Along the way, she starts to see his softer side and unwittingly falls in love. But after she discovers that Darian is locked into an arranged marriage, her heart shatters. When Savino falls for her charms and demands her hand in exchange for peace, Marisa is faced with an impossible choice: marry the enemy of the man she loves or betray them both and become the catalyst for a bloody war.
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