About the Story: He is a living legend, a master swordsman, and a hero of the Elven Empire. He had led his Warriors home in victory from a war that had lasted centuries. He is the High Lord General Gabriel Eagle Claw, Supreme Commander of the Combined Elven Forces, and his word is law.
She is a force of nature, an Elven maiden trained in the art of survival by a Fae Warrior and she is just coming into the knowledge of her powerful talent. All of her life she has been able to converse with the forests about her. The leaves rustled their news into her ears, and the life force of the trees transmit their needs to her, for she is an Elf with a gift lost in legend. She is Eden, Guardian of the light of the Elven forests. TRATCHAR. The trees shout her title. Her people whisper it in awe.
“Catch,” the warning comes just in time to alert General Gabriel to attention and warrior that he is he is quick to react just as an arrow knocks a young Elven maiden from a tree branch that he has chosen to stand under, and he catches her as she falls. When blue eyes meet silver each know they have met their life mate, but such things as not as quickly accepted as they are recognized. He would have order in his ranks, she must be free to mark her own trail, he would bind her, tie her, control her. She would test his patience and will to the limit, and challenge his rights to own what she would not give freely.
My Thoughts: It is always difficult to take the first step in any venture. Many of us don’t—so we dream our dreams, always wishing we had the guts, the nerve, the time to write our first book and to publish.
Debut novelist, Mary Ann Abraham did take the first step. She had the support and belief of friends who wanted her to succeed. And this my aspiring authors, makes all the difference to a writer.
I won the first three books of The Elven Chronicles. After reading this first one, I am definitely set to continue the rest of the series, particularly since cliffhangers need resolution. Her story captured my interest.
In my opinion, this book was an excellent beginning to a writing career. Most writers are not born, they hone their skills through years of writing. The story took place in a very creative and real setting, albeit fanciful. The character development was such that I readily cheered Eden in her quest to take control back in her life. When she met another woman who didn’t understand how to fight back in her quest of freedom, she helped her know it was a matter of just saying no and sticking to her beliefs.
Punctuation, in many places, was misplaced or mistakenly used. The dialog didn’t always ring true when the speech pattern would shift to modern vernacular. This, of course, doesn’t take from the story’s creativity, yet these details would better the reader’s experience.
I feel the story would have benefitted having greater and deeper conflict taking the story beyond its simplicity. More action which ratchets up the tension and arc of the story itself would, I suspect, have caught my attention more solidly.
About the Author: M.A. Abraham lives in a rural area of Canada, where she creates her Elven stories and is ruled by her sidekick, Snoop. She is attempting to control the Elves around her, but they are a bunch of party animals. Diabolically working to retake control of her life she is busy trying to marry the little troublemakers off and settle them in happy family units.