Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Before the Storm by Marian Perera

Before the Storm (Eden Trilogy)
Fantasy: 304 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publisher
Published: February 1st, 2011
Series: Eden Trilogy #1
Source: Review copy from author
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website
First Impression: They say not to judge a book by it's cover...but how could I not with this one?!

Whore…gift…and unexpected ally. In Dagran society, Alex is the lowest of the low—a “mare”, an object to be used by the nobility. When her owner, Stephen Garnath, gifts her to his greatest rival, she begins plotting her path to freedom. Nothing and no one will ever control her again. Not her degrading past, and certainly not her growing attraction to a man reputed to be an even crueler master than Garnath. Robert Demeresna is instantly suspicious of such a generous gift. Yet she comes to him armed with only her sharp mind—a potent weapon he can use to defend his people from the enemy. And underneath, an unbreakable spirit that besieges the walls of his heart. Slowly, Robert chips away at Alex’s defenses, striking sparks that make her begin to believe even a lowly whore like her could be worthy of him. Until Garnath springs a trap so cleverly hidden, war is unleashed before either of them sees it coming. A new kind of war fought with steam engines, explosives—and magic with a killing edge…

I have never been much of a Fantasy reader. I have only read a few of them, but could never really get into the genre. However, Before the Storm was a completely different story!

I know I talk about Character Development a lot in my reviews, because I think it is one of the most important aspects of a book. Yes, you can have a great story, and a magical setting, but if your characters are dull, and lack personality then I'm not going to be able to connect with them and full enjoy the book. Marian Perera DID NOT skimp out on the Characters, in fact, I believe they were the strongest qualities about the book. I adored Alex, she was such a unique and feisty character.

Not only did the author deliver fantastic characters but the world she built inside the pages was enchanting. I got through the first 50 pages at ease, but once I passed that mark, I simply couldn't put the book down. I was hooked!

Stepping out my comfort zone isn't always easy for me, but this one definitely proved to me why I do it, so I can discover books like this one. If I hadn't given it a try, I would have missed out...big time!
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book - and Alex was a lot of fun to write. I almost wish I could put her and Robert in the sequel, but that's Mayerd's story. And he's got so many problems he needs the whole book. :D


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