Monday, May 27, 2013

A Ranger's Tale Book Review

Have you noticed lately that I have been doing a lot of Fantasy type books? I don't know, it's new mood I am in and can't explain why other than I have found it helps me cope with my health issues and the pain I am experiencing on a daily basis right now. 
So, I love these books because they are an escape to a whole new dimension that have nothing to do with my life. I have always liked Science Fiction/Thriller movies such as Star Trek and other space type movies. These books are now one of my favorites, because it has nothing to do with my life. I can dream with them and forget about our world, Earth. Plus you get a some romance also.
A Ranger's Tale is an awesome book about Faeries, Elves and Magicians. It is written by Mysti Parker and she has a lot more of them to read in the same line as A Ranger's Tale. It's about different couples so you won't get bored by the same characters all the time, which I don't, as long as it's a new story, I could read about the same couple for quite awhile myself.
Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
In the world of Tallenmere, an elven noblewoman longed to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wanted nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done...  
High elf Caliphany Aranea leads an enviable life as King Leopold's niece and daughter of Sirius, Leogard's most famous wizard. Yet, being forced to follow in her father's footsteps and being betrothed to a man she doesn't even like makes her want a taste of life outside the city walls.  
As a young boy, half-elf Galadin Trudeaux witnessed his parents' death at the hands of pirates. After being raised by those same murderers and forced to do their bidding, he escaped and now lives an honest life as a sea merchant and ranger.  
When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap Caliphany while she dreams of faraway lands, Galadin comes to her rescue. Impressed by his skills, she asks him to train her as a ranger. Though he is hesitant at first to train a woman of her class, Caliphany's hefty sack of gold finally persuades him. Unfortunately, her father is not amused, and the two must escape before Caliphany faces a forced marriage and Galadin faces a noose. 
From that moment on she and Galadin embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Only if they can survive the trials ahead, will they find a love that stands the test of time.

I wasn't too sure about the book in the first couple of pages but then after they went on to the couple when they were adults, that is when it really got interesting. I loved Cali's and Galadin's romance and the marriage.
I however, was not happy with his ship wrecking and then presumed dead for about a year. I don't know about most women, but I would not have done what Cali did next. She did something that I thought was pretty callous and I would have waited a lot longer and then the problems that she incurred because of her weakness, lead everyone down a dark road and a lot of people got hurt because she can't seem to control her need of attention.
Shoot, I was single until my late thirties and managed to live on my own. I raised a child without a father and I don't make rash decisions that hurt a lot of people. I further was upset about the fact that she compounded the situation by choosing the wrong man for the wrong reasons.
If I had been Galadin, I would not take her back. Because of things she did not disclose earlier in the book, I felt a little irritated with her character and acting like some wounded hero bearing a huge loss.
But, it's a book and they can make the people in the books do unreal things that real people I hope would not do. It really is a very good book and you will enjoy it immensely. Even though I am upset that she appears after all, what she was, a noble with privilege and who had never suffered and did not know how to handle herself.  She reminded me of a spoiled child who wants it all.
However, I still recommend the book because maybe you will love the story, all the good and all the bad. It's a great story, even if I am peeved at what she did. I guess that in itself is a good thing because the book did engage me and I had to stay up all night to finish it because I had to know if things would get back on track.
Happy Reading!

The author has agreed to give one winner their choice of either an ebook, or a ecopy of the book in PDF, mobi or ePub formats. Good Luck Everyone! This is open worldwide because of it being an ebook. Thanks to Mysti for letting someone have one of these!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Mysti said...

Thank you, Mary!! Caliphany is one of my favorite flawed characters. She had a lot of growing up to do, and I think she eventually learned from her mistakes. I'm glad she kept you turning the pages :) ~Mysti

Amy H. said...

Thanks for the give a way! This book sounds great!

Mysti said...

Thanks for dropping in an entering the contest, Amy! Have a great week :)

helen may said...

I love reading different types of books. Fantasy, thrillers, romance, and the occasional mystery. Sounds like a great book!

Evelyn Sells said...

Yes, I love stories about elves and fairies :)

Mysti said...

Hi Helen! I'm the same way: if it looks good, I read it :) Thanks for commenting!

Mysti said...

Hi Evelyn: Me too! Did you happen to see the Lord of the Rings movies and Orlando Bloom as Legolas? People ask what inspired me to write about elves. Where, there ya go. Orlando Bloom :)

Thanks for commenting!

Tiggs said...


I love reading Fantasy type books for similar reasons. It is incredible how one well written can take you to another place, world, and time--forgetting all the pain and troubles in your own.

I loved Caliphany! I know she is spoiled and makes a lot of stupid mistakes, I made many too when I was young. ( I was also kinda spoiled, too). I have read "A Ranger's Tale and will be reading it again.

Jeannie Langston said...

I Read This And I Liked It. Mysti Can Bring Out Emotions In Her Readers, Whether They Like Her Characters Or Not, And Thst Is A Trait Of A Good Writer.


Native said...

Awesome!!! Great Blog!!!

Mysti said...

@Tiggs: I might have been drawing from experience with Cali's impulsive behavior... :)

@Jeannie: Thanks for such compliments! I'd much rather have any range of emotions from something I write than: "It's just meh." :) Love em or hate em I can deal with, but boring makes me sad.

@De Ann: You're such a fab cheerleader! Thanks for making my release day for Hearts in Exile awesome :)

M.C.V. Egan said...

Flawed characters make for great reads!

Mysti said...

They do, don't they? No Mary Jane perfect characters for me :)

Andrew Grigaliuns said...

Hello Mysti! Good luck with Day 2 of this lovely release day!!!