Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Becoming The Chateran,Book 1 by:S.J. Aisling

 Becoming the Chateran (The Chateran Series, Book One)
About the Book:
When Princess Rhea’s actions inadvertently condemn two innocent knights to death, she wakes to the hard reality that not even nobility is above the law. All her attempts to remedy the situation only complicate it, however, until she finds herself a fugitive in her own kingdom, having dragged her best friend into the trouble, as well. Their only hope for pardon? To accompany Sir Paladin and Sir Zephen in their sentence:

Slay, or be slain by, the Dragons of Sama-Ael-Fen.

Traveling incognito, they meet with more malicious Phoenixes than could be coincidental, discover the mysterious disappearance of numerous citizens, and come face to face with a reawakened evil power. With the kingdom oblivious to the connection of these dangers, it’s up to Rhea and her outlaw companions to stop the rising threat and redeem their names – if they can survive their quest.

About the Author:
 Stacia Joy always loved to tell stories and invent fictional lands and characters. She did not consider writing, however, until she was thirteen, when, inspired by a make-believe she was playing with a friend, she wrote the first draft of what become her debut book, Becoming the Chateran. Since then, the story of Becoming the Chateran (Aniko Press, 2013) has expanded into what will become The Chateran Series. Aside from fantasy, Stacia Joy also writes steampunk/science fantasy and science fiction. Occasionally she pens poems about buffalo and dinosaurs.

When not obsessing over writing or art, Stacia Joy spends her free time Irish dancing, attempting archery, playing the piano and folk harp, composing music, and singing at the top of her lungs. She also enjoys helping with children's ministry at her local church, and currently lives in the Madison, Wisconsin area with a kitten named Lord Peter Whimsey.

My Review:
 Princess Rhea loves to be free to do what she wants, she doesn't want to marry this stuffed shirt prince betrothed to marry her. That's when Rhea ventures out in the forest, though she thought it would be fun and exciting, she  only got lost. Which I guess can be exciting for a time especially when you can't find your way home.

 Rhea and her mare find many admirable and frightening things in the forest, from cute animals to scary farm hands chasing her. Rhea thinks she has found the way back home but has only found the path to an old cottage and the cottages owner. The cottage owner takes her in and feeds her, telling her of the things she would have never heard from even the closets of family. He made her feel like she was normal, not just a princess. With him showing her the path home she was off again.

 Sir Paladin sits upon the highest hill waiting for his friend and partner Sir Zephen. Zephen had been gone for a while after telling Paladin that he needed to check on something. Many would have thought Zephen was dead because he was a knight and knights are mostly thought of to be human but sometimes names and titles can be deceiving, Zephen is a nice Phoenix. He trust Zephen and that's all that matters. Paladin sees a soft gray mare heading up the trail to him, the closer the mare gets he soon notices a small woman riding atop of it.

 Paladin can't help but see that the woman is the one and only beautiful princess Rhea, but what would she be doing out here at this time? The princess stops to ask him for help, he of course is willing to help, but as he tries to take her back to her home, he hears the neighing of horse and the clattering of armor. Apparently the princess heard it also, because she raced past him back down the trail headed once again for the forest.

 This book, I'm gonna warn you is a very large book. The paperback version has 560 pages so it is not for the easily wearied. If you enjoy a fantasy type book than this is the book for you.  The author has done a very good job with her debut novel and had me really engaged.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Life Sentence Publishing.