Monday, April 20, 2015

The Black Elf of Seaward Isle Book Review

Title: The Black Elf of Seaward Isle
Author: Joni Parker
Publisher: Village Green Press, LLC
Pages: 330
Genre: Fantasy/Action Adventure
Format: Paperback/Kindle

On the mysterious Seaward Isle, Alex, the young daughter of Count Dumwalt, escapes Wizard Mylar’s attack on her father’s fortress with the help of two men, Hamlin and Tyrone, who take her to her brother in the village of Nyla.  Disguised as a boy to stay at the Sword Academy with her brother, she learns of the death of her parents and vows to avenge their deaths.  At the same time, a witch on the far side of the island predicts the rise of the Black Elf, the only person with the power to kill a wizard. 
Meanwhile, Alex’s stay at the academy is cut short when the headmistress arranges her adoption by a Scinthian Scout, an Amazon warrior and her Dwarf companion.  When her adoptive mother is killed in a pirate attack, Alex returns home to Nyla where Tyrone, now the Governor, takes her in as his ward as he accepts a cadre of Scinthian soldiers for training to restore their decimated Army.   
Since Alex can speak their language, she becomes a training liaison, leading to her selection as an elite soldier and assassin known as a tracker.  Her first mission succeeds beyond all expectations and results in her selection as a training officer for the Scinthians, still involved in an extensive training program. 
Upon assignment to a remote border outpost, Alex discovers evidence of foul play—eight missing soldiers.  As she attempts to uncover the mystery, she meets with resistance and skepticism, but she leads a mission to save them.  As she basks in her glory, the wizard shows up to seek revenge on Governor Tyrone, forcing Alex to intervene.
My Thoughts:
If you are into Fantasy books like I am, then you will enjoy reading about Alex and all of her adventures!
For someone so young, she sure has had a lot happen to her that would be almost impossible to do but she manages to find the way each time she is tasked to do something. Seems like everyone is out to get her because she can be their undoing. Alex is half human and half Elf. What she doesn't know is her family's history, which could make a world of differences for her future.
The Isle of Seaward is actually some sort of place that I think of like a Black Hole but on Earth. Somehow, people are being pulled into the island thru shipwrecks and it's from all different time era's. You have people from the past and people from the present. The only ones who seem to have been there the longest are the Elves and then it seems like the Dwarves are next followed by humans. There are a few other races but mainly it's those three that make up the bulk of the island.
Alex goes from one assignment to another, getting the bad guys seems to be the goal, but for someone who is under 15, that is a whole lot of stress sitting on her shoulders. But, she accepts each task and does her best to get it done. She does have people who love her and want to protect her, but with so many influential enemies trying to get rid of her, it's quite impossible to keep her from danger.
This is the first book in a series and I can't wait to read the rest of them!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Joni Parker was born in Chicago, Illinois, but left the windy city at an early age when her family moved to Japan.  Upon return to the United States, her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Camelback High School and began college.  However within months, Joni quit college and joined the Navy where she became a Photographer’s Mate. 
After 3 years in the Navy, she returned to college and got married.  She got a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA before she returned to the Navy.  As a Commissioned Officer, Joni attended the US Army Command and General Staff College, completing a Master of Military Arts and Sciences Degree.  She retired from the Navy with over 22 years of service and spent several years traveling the United States in a motorhome with her husband.  When he died unexpectedly, Joni returned to work for the federal government in a civil service job. 
Five years ago, she started writing and retired once more to devote more time to her new passion.  She currently lives in Texas.
Disclaimer: 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. 


Joni Parker said...

Hi, Mary! Thanks for your nice review and for hosting my books on your blog.