Author: Mysti Parker
Publisher: Melange Books LLC.
Buy link: Buy A Ranger’s Tale Here!
Rating: You Want to Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
Set in the fantasy world of Tallenmere, the high elf Caliphany Aranea longs to explore the world and escape from her controlling father. Her dreams are fulfilled when she meets ranger and ship captain Galadin Trudeaux. But, when secrets from the past bring tragedy to those she loves, Caliphany must fight to hold on to the life she's always wanted.
Caliphany Aranea was the absolute elite of the elven kingdom. Niece to King Leopold and daughter to the most powerful mage in the land, she is expected to follow the course set by her father and fulfill her responsibilities to her family. Caliphany wants to live her own life and find her own destiny. Having snuck away to the docks, she is accosted and would have been taken, if not for the timely rescue of Captain Galadin Trudeaux, half elven captain of the Red Hawk, former pirate and Ranger. Cali bribes Galadin into training her as a Ranger while her father is abroad. Myriad adventures and discoveries begin for Cali and Galadin in an often hostile but beautiful and fantastical world of magic, mystical beings and love.
This was a difficult review because this is not normally a genre that I would choose, so I was completely surprised by how involved I became in the story. The fantastical world created by the author became very real to me and as a reader that is a very good thing. I also became heavily invested in the characters, especially Galadin, he was true hero material. Perhaps that is why Caliphany irritated me so much. I love an independent and strong heroine, and Caliphany had these characteristics in spades……but, she was also a drama queen and a tad self involved. There is a scene at the end of the book where Galadin has finally had enough. He rips Caliphany a new one. I stood up and cheered. It was magnificent. Not to worry though, it is a romance after all. An interesting facet of this book is in the way it was written. It is in first person, but the point of view changes from character to character. I liked this. The sexual content was mild and not very graphic at all. This is the debut novel in the new series Tallenmere. The second book will tell Jayden’s story, who I got to know quite well in A Ranger’s Tale. It looks to be very promising and I will have to check it out.