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The Carnelian Legacy

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Marisa MacCallum always believed that the man of her dreams was out there somewhere. The problem is—he’s in another dimension.

After the death of her father, eighteen-year-old Marisa's life is on the verge of imploding. She seeks comfort on her daily ride through the woods of Gold Hill, but when a mysterious lightning storm strikes, she is hurled into the ancient, alternate dimension of Carnelia where she is discovered by the arrogant but attractive nobleman, Ambassador Darian Fiore.

Stranded in a world teeming with monsters, maniacs and medieval knights, Marisa is forced to join Darian on a dangerous mission to negotiate peace with his cousin and archenemy, Savino da Rocha. Along the way, she starts to see Darian's softer side and finds herself falling in love. But once she learns that he is locked into an arranged marriage, her heart shatters.

When Savino falls for her charms and demands her hand in exchange for peace, Marisa is faced with an impossible choice: marry the enemy of the man she loves or betray them both and become the catalyst for a bloody war.

320 pages, Paperback

First published February 26, 2013

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Cheryl Koevoet

4 books105 followers
Born and raised as a native Oregonian, I married a dreamy Dutch naval officer thirty years ago and have been living abroad ever since.

As a busy mother of four rapidly-growing young adults, I enjoy spending the precious little spare time I have writing the stories that I would love to discover on a bookstore shelf. When I'm not writing, I can be found on the softer side of the couch with a bowl of popcorn, binging on my favorites episodes of The Crown, Outlander, Star Wars or Downton Abbey.


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Profile Image for Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥.
518 reviews316 followers
January 14, 2016
I desperately wanted this book to hook me, but I kept facing too many issues that prevented me from enjoying The Carnelian Legacy. Which is regrettable because it was such an interesting take on living in a world with multiple dimensions. I enjoyed the description of the world that Marisa MacCallum found herself in, and I truly adored Darian and Arrie who she first met upon arriving in Carnelian. But I started to struggle when little mistakes in the story appeared. While that's something I can forgive and move on from, the heroine then became someone who I struggled liking. Throw in the fact that a strong Christian theme became prevalent, which was not stated in the synopsis on Amazon or Goodreads, and I started to realize that this book wasn't for me. At all.

Marisa is someone who I did enjoy in the beginning of the book. She has just lost her father, and while needing some breathing space from her uncle and brother she takes her horse for a ride and ends up in another dimension. Upon her arrival in a modern yet medieval dimension, she meets the friendly Arrie and the brooding, sexy Darian. They sweep her under their wings and take her on a journey across their land. The description of the places they visited and the perilous situations they found themselves in had me quickly flying through the pages.

But as the story progressed, Marisa became someone I struggled tolerating. We were told that in the past she was a leader, but I never once saw a glimpse of that version of her. Instead she became whiny, needy and was hot and cold more times than I could count. And while I tried my hardest to be forgiving since she did just lose her father, is in another dimension and is scared, she did something that I loathe. She became fickle and toyed with others feelings, and I can't be ok with that. Skip this next part if you don't want to be spoiled - What? No, no, no. Oh, plus she refers to herself, while playing the part of a mute, as a dumb mute. Just because a mute can't speak, doesn't mean that they are dumb. Sigh, that irked me too.

So from those parts on, clearly I wasn't the biggest fan of Marisa. But then the religious tone became more prevalent as the story progressed, and that is not my cup of tea. I was shocked because not only did I NOT see the Christian aspect mentioned within the synopsis on Goodreads or Amazon, but I also read the first two chapters on Amazon to make sure that this book and I would mesh. And we did mesh in those first two chapters! But then talk of God, or Garon as they referred to him in Carnelian, praying, and even a Shepard showing up made me question what was I reading? I am not one to pickup Christian books, and I definitely would have avoided this tale if I would have known what was inside.

So this book and I did not get along for various reasons. While I was initially drawn into the story, I found myself struggling to finish The Carnelian Legacy. While the traveling and friendships were fun, I couldn't find it in myself to like Marisa again. Top that off with a religious theme and little mistakes here and there, such as a conversation being written to convey one thing but upon going back it clearly doesn't make sense now that I understand the correct context, and this book and I were not destined to be.

*ARC kindly provided by Abbott Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Profile Image for Jana Lynn.
1 review
March 13, 2013
This was such a yummy book in so many ways. I love stories that I can visualize as I read, and this was a book that you definitely could become one with. The author is incredibly talented, and this becomes apparent right from the beginning. Her descriptions are detailed, thorough and vivid. And not just of the characters, but the surroundings, events, and history as well. This story is very captivating and leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to read the next one!
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Author 2 books869 followers
July 5, 2015
I'm not into fairytales, modern or otherwise but, this story was a pleasing read. The buildup of the suspense was gradually plotted out and mix of the alternate worlds added a finesse of historical fiction. The characters were complex and interesting at their core. I'm not exactly into love triangles either, (because their trite) or romance in general, although as long as it's not the central focus of the book I can digest the read. The way Koevoet crafts the connections between Marisa, Darian and his cousin and archenemy Savino I found fascinatingly acceptable. A very enjoyable read!
Profile Image for Tonja Drecker.
Author 3 books183 followers
March 9, 2013
Although I didn't expect it, this book swept me away. Adventure, romance, royalty, dangerous beasts, swords, shifting dimensions, heroines, nasty evil guys, conspiracy, secrets... oh, and a hero we all dream of! Yes, this story had it all.

The story has the traditional flare of kings and kingdoms, horses and honor, while incorporating a modern day heroine. Marisa, the main character, wants to find a few minutes of peace after her father's funeral, but instead finds herself pulled into another dimension. Immediately, she lands into her first 'problem' - a man that helps her, and one that seems to wish she'd disappear. Marisa works her way into the situation beautifully - a little careful, a little scared and confused, but not about to be ignored. Her reactions are totally understandable and believable. I was cheering for her right away.

Of course, she also lands in her first big adventure. Luckily, she can already ride a horse, but she's not prepared for the beasts or other evil men who want to stop her new friends. She's a lady in distress and that gorgeous man has to rescue her. I like that :) But it doesn't mean she's weak. Oh no! Just because she wasn't a born ultra-warrior, doesn't make her unimportant or defenseless.

If you enjoy stories of princesses and awe inspiring heroes, kingdoms and conspiracy, beautiful gowns and underhanded plans... with the magic of inter-dimensional travel and a nice touch of modern day attitude... I recommend reading this. It took me on an enjoyable trip, one I can't wait to continue.
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4 reviews4 followers
March 28, 2013
Amazing Book! I was blown away with the first few chapters! I noticed right away that Cheryl's writing style is different than what you see every day. I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out who to compare her to, but there is really no comparison! She is incredibly gifted and writes in such a descriptive way, it makes everything come alive in vivid detail. Now I know, this is a fantasy book, but I was so drawn in and involved that the whole book became completely real and believable.

The Carnelian Legacy is a modern day fairy tale, with a surprising twist! It will keep you reading long into the night (way after you should be in bed!) and you won't want to put it down. I can't wait to share it with my teenage daughters. (Can I say - major bonus that it is something I can let my teenagers read without worrying what they will encounter.)

I can honestly say it is the best book I have read and is my new favorite. I fell in love with Carnelia and her people and I cannot wait to read book two!

The fine print:
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review.
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Author 6 books1,823 followers
June 8, 2017
I was lost the whole time reading.

My Rating: 2 stars (the quality of writing increased my rating to two stars)
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4 reviews
August 7, 2017
This is one of the most amazing stories I've read in a long while. Marisa is such a strong character and to live in her world, be torn from her world and overcome so many obstacles en bloom into the person she always has been. It is incredible!
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2,322 reviews41 followers
May 23, 2015
"The Carnelian Legacy" is a blend of romance, adventure and mystery with a dash of science fiction that begins when Marisa MacCallum, devastated by the death of her father disappears in a swirling vortex from the woods near her home in Jacksonville Oregon. In another dimension she's found passed out by the handsome Ambassador Darian Fiore and his friend Lord Arrigo (Arrie) Macario who are on a dangerous mission to Abbadon to secure a peace treaty with his cousin Savino da Rocha, a man who covets the Carnelian throne.

Cheryl Koevoet sets the adventure in a land ruled by a monarch and a Crimson Court of ten knights dedicated to honour, courage and justice. The country which has been overseen by an interim leader after a storm at sea swept away the ruling family is beset by political intrigue as he lies dying and his son, Savino plots to usurp the throne. At first the dialogue is a bit stilted which hampers the flow of the story, but this soon disappears as the plot heats up with Marisa's introduction to Darian's cousin and archenemy, a powerful Viscount who refuses to sign the peace treaty and threatens war if he's not crowned King, and Marisa doesn't accept his proposal of marriage. When Savino enchanted by Marisa's charm and inability to speak decides to propose further conflict erupts between the cousins, escalating the tension and suspense.

As events unfold that includes an attack by rijgen, a yarmout and a confrontation with ten foot knights, the action and pace of the story quickens. Yet even with attacks against their lives, a deadly political enemy and the country's unrest, it's the romance that stirs the heart as Marisa struggles not only to fall more deeply in love with the handsome man she's forbidden but to make a decision whether or not to marry his enemy and avert a war. The plot twists and turns with secrets, miscommunication and eavesdropping that make it fascinating as an engagement that determines succession to the throne could destroy the love that has begun to blossom between Darian and Marisa. The plot is innovative and imaginative weaving into a tale of inter-dimensional travel, adventure and political conflict the elements of friendship, love and faith.

Most of the characters I found well-developed, complex and unforgettable like Ambassador Darian Fiore, a man of noble birth, rank and title who's on a vital peace mission when he stumbles across Marisa. Endowed with an adventurous and brave spirit, he's also reliable, honest but very duty-bound, self-controlled and suspicious of people. In contrast his friend Arrie Macario is lighthearted, humorous and amiable. He senses a kinship with the young woman from Earth, taking her under his wing and countering Darian's sternness and rudeness towards her. Seventeen year old Marisa MacCallum was the only personality I had trouble warming up to. Even though she's lost her father and far from home her conversations with Darian and Arrie tend to swing erratically from petulant to emotional, and childish most of the time. I found the use of her slang phrases distracting and immature although I suspect the author was using them as a device to show Marisa's youth and a difference in cultures. Only as the story draws closer to a surprising but satisfying climax, does Marisa begin to show spirit, determination and self-confidence. All the characters including Viscount Savino da Rocha who hides his unsavory traits behind a kind, jovial personality add to the drama and passion of a novel I couldn't put down.

When I saw the cover and description of "Carnelian Legacy" on Goodreads/First Reads I wanted to read it and was not disappointed. I'm sure with time and more novels all the kinks will be ironed out and this trilogy will be even more captivating.
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90 reviews65 followers
January 24, 2014
I received this book from the author and YA & NA Romance in exchange for a honest review.

Lately, I have been finding some real gems in the Fantasy Romance genre. I really liked this book. It was filled with interesting characters, a great plot, and unique world-building. I would say it is a clean romance, but this was not a negative to me. The hero and the heroine through actions and words display a great longing for each other.

Story: The first scene sees our heroine Marisa attending her father's funeral. After the funeral, she goes home with her Uncle Al and her brother Mark. Feeling sad and in need of some peace, she decides to go for a ride on her horse. Her uncle warns her to stay clear of the woods above Gold Hill. For years, there have been stories of people and animals disappearing up there. Against her uncles urgings, she takes her horse riding in the woods. Everything is fine at first, but then suddenly there are strikes of lighting and she is sucked into a funnel. In reality, the funnel is a vortex that transports her to another parallel world - Carnelia.

When she awakens, two men in strange garb are staring at her. At first, she thinks they are with a festival that comes to town every year. She quickly realizes that is not the case. They introduce themselves as Lord Arrigo Macario (his friend's call him Arrie) and Ambassador Darian Fiore. For her safety, they agree to take her with them. They inform her they are on a diplomatic mission to Abbadon to try to preserve the peace of the kingdom. Darian is suspicious of her because he thinks she could be a spy sent by his cousin Savino. Savino is trying to take the throne from Darian the rightful heir.

Along the way to Abbadon, they are attacked by Rijgen (hideous creatures who reside in the forest). Marisa finds a friend in Arrie, but is puzzled by Darian's attitude toward her. He sometimes shows her friendliness and Marisa finds herself falling for him.

When they reach Abbadon, Marisa realizes things will never be the same for her. She has been thrust into a world of political intrigue, hideous creatures, relationship drama, and family secrets. How she navigates this will determine her future and change her fate.

Favorite Scene: I loved the part where Darian discovers the wounded heart flower by the lake and tells Marisa the significance of finding it.

Overall, a great start to a fantasy romance series. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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1,016 reviews93 followers
October 21, 2015
Marisa has felt like an outsider for all her life, a feeling that gets worse when her father dies. She takes her horse for a ride on the day of his funeral and is transported to other realm. Where she just happens to be spotted by two men who speak.... popcorn logic. She follows them through their mission and naturally, stuff happens. They get attacked by some animals and she runs away... RUNS AWAY. She's a very weak character to me. I found myself wanting to smack her. She ends up falling in love with a man named Darian. A prince. But she got an offer of marriage from his cousin.

Marisa goes back and forth between wanting to be with Drarian and deciding to let him go. She even almost kills herself at one point but hears "God's" voice and doesn't. She now feels loved and safe. I dislike Marisa because she is seriously so freaking weak! Bella from Twilight was a stronger character than her. Anyway, she ends up being the lost princess and gets the guy. After a huge reveal and silly needlessness.

I also wish NetGalley had said this was Christian ... I wouldn't have touched this thing because the whole voice in the head bit really made me want to put the book down and just stop. I don't like reading Christian fiction. I have nothing against it, just not my cup of tea, at all. Though on a more positive side, I really love this author's writing. It seemed almost lyrical at some points. Beautiful!

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Author 77 books1,360 followers
September 18, 2015
4.5 Stars

Marisa is dealing with the loss of her father. He just passed away from cancer and it's hit her hard. She misses him terribly. After the funeral she gets on her horse and heads for the mountain to a place her father warned her not to visit. All of the sudden lightning flashes, a tornado touches down, and she is transported to another dimension. Once there two men find her. One is devastatingly handsome and the other is attractive as well. Luckily, they both speak her language. This starts an adventure for Marisa like she has never imagined.

Darian is tall and handsome. Someone that no matter how hard Marisa tries she can't get him off of her mind. The problem - he can't marry a commoner. He's royal and needs to wed someone of royal blood to ascend the throne. She knows she can't have him and when another man enters the picture who wants her, she's torn. What will she do? Does Darian have the same feelings for her that she does for him?

I will admit that it took me a bit to get into this book, but I'm glad I kept reading. By about the halfway mark I was hooked. The tension between Marisa and Darian was great. I loved their interaction and couldn't wait to see what happened. There were twists to the story. Some I had already guessed and others I didn't which was a nice surprise. This was a good read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Book received in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed on behalf of Once Upon An Alpha.
Profile Image for Elizabeth Bollinger.
3 reviews2 followers
June 24, 2013
I know Cheryl Koevoet did not write this novel specifically for me, but I feel like she did because it has all the elements I love in a good read - fantasy, romance and adventure with a bit of danger and intrigue set in an old world. By the third chapter I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. As soon as I finished, I was ready to read it again.

The characters are believable and well-developed. The author does a great job of portraying Marisa as a 21st-century teenager throughout the tale, which serves as a jolting reminder that Marisa is in a foreign world. Darian is a version of Austen's Mr. Darcy, making me an instant fan.

There is just enough Pride & Prejudice, just enough Princess Bride, to make the characters and story seem familiar but the author has clearly woven into the tale her own marvelous imagination to make this a book that stands on its own.

I eagerly await the sequel!
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277 reviews
January 21, 2016
The plot really got my attention and I was captivated by the world of Carnelia.This book really has potencial , however I wasn't pleased with the main character, Marisa,while everyone seems to praise her I was yet to be amazed by her. To be honest as a character Marisa is just too... simple for the adventurous world of Carnelia but I'll just find her an excuse that she is adapting to her new live. I really want to see her getting more involved in The Carnelian Tyranny as in this book she has hardly done anything noticeable.
Profile Image for Kel (Faerie-bookworm).
773 reviews61 followers
August 17, 2017
I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.

It wasn't what I was expecting and I really enjoyed it. The twist at the end wasn't shocking but it wasn't obvious either which was nice.
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273 reviews55 followers
September 14, 2015
Originally posted on my blog @ Miranda's Book Blog

**I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

"Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be." ~Job 8:7 (New International Version)
The above quote is in the beginning of the book & sums the story up beautifully.

Here I am, enjoying a steaming cup of tea, minding my own business when 3am decides to sneak up on me! I mean seriously, I wasn't doing anything wrong but enjoying a good GREAT book, why couldn't you wait a bit before you sneaked up on me time?!? The world within the pages will swallow you up & immerse you in it's pages, I must WARN you, you may lose track of time and forget what's actually going on around you for extended lengths of time! I was powerless to stop the pull The Carnelian Legacy had over me! Who needs the real world when there's Carnelia!?!

Let me just say, I LOVE the cover of The Carnelian Legacy! The cover caught my eye as I was browsing, but the first two lines of the summary are what pulled me in. "Marisa MacCallum always believed that the man of her dreams was out there somewhere. The problem is—he’s in another dimension." Any story where the protagonist travels to another time or dimension, my interest are immediately piqued!

Now let’s get to the world building. Cheryl has created this beautiful, majestic land called Carnelia. It’s refreshing to see how Cheryl managed to intertwine science and fantasy together, I haven’t come across a story-line like this & I enjoyed the original take on other dimensions. In fact, this story is even for those of you who usually shy away from fantasy, she makes it so believable! If I had magical powers I’d transport myself to the land of Carnelia and live happily ever after! I love this beautiful world because chivalry is still alive & kicking, we could learn and thing or two from Carnelian society! Celino, one of my favorite characters sums it up nicely!

“This world is still ruled by the principles of chivalry. And before you go and get all mushy on me, I’m not talking about some romantic notion as defined by our world. Here (Carnelia), the concept of honor, courage and justice encompasses all people, ensuring that even the weakest members of society are treated with dignity and respect.”

Speaking of characters, Cheryl sure knows how to write a diverse cast! We have the main cast:
Marisa MacCallum
Darian Fiore
Arrigo Macario (Arrie)
Adalina Fiore
Matilda Da Rocha
Savino Da Rocha

From the start my heart goes out to Marisa, she’s just lost her father and is in a great deal of emotional pain. I love how Cheryl wrote Marisa’s character, the way she handles her grief is very believable. At times I got frustrated with some of Marisa’s decisions or thoughts, but I had to take a step back and remind myself that she’s still grieving the loss of her father. She feels she needs time to herself to clear her head so she takes her horse on a ride through the woods, there she stumbles through a vortex into Carnelia. Pretty much as soon as she gets her bearings she meets Darian & Arrigo. I don’t want to give away too much to you the reader, I want you to meet these characters for the first time wondering and guessing just as I did!

I must say, the ending was incredible, in fact I'm going to say this is my favorite book in terms of swoon-worthy romance of 2015 so far! This story has everything, absolutely EVERYTHING I could ask for in a book! I can't wait to read the second book The Carnelian Tyranny: Savino's Revenge!

Favorite Quotes:
"One day, you shall discover that you are prepared to sacrifice everything- even if it means giving up your own happiness- to do what is best for the one you love. Then, you shall know that your love is real." ~Arrie Macario

"Any man in his right mind would be a fool not to offer you the world." ~Darian Fiore
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209 reviews126 followers
November 18, 2015
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Abbott Press, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Opinion: I haven’t read very many Fantasy/Romance books, but I was pleasantly surprised with the direction that this story went. I don’t think that the description of the book does it much justice, but then again, most books descriptions don’t. If you love a modern day YA story complete with princes and mythical creatures, then this is definitely something that you will want to read.

In one moment Marisa MacCallum is in Jacksonville, Oregon on her horse Siena, but in the next she is caught in a strange lighting storm and is waking up to two strange men gazing down at her. Marisa soon realizes that she has accidently traveled into another dimension through a vortex, which has dropped her into another world called Carnelia. Carnelia is vastly different from the world that Marisa knows, there is no technology and the knights still fight with swords and bows. With the help of the two men that have stumbled upon her, the sweet Lord Arrigo and the handsome but standoffish Ambassador Darian Fiore, Marisa must learn to survive in this new world.

I really enjoyed this read, as it was something different from all of the other books I have been reading. Though vortexes and time traveling have been a common theme in my reading lately, I loved the idea of taking a teenager from this century and sticking her in a realm that feels very medieval. I felt that the story had a nice pace and didn’t slow down too much for me to become bored, and that the author kept introducing new events to keep the reader addicted. There was a perfect amount of description for the new world that Marisa was discovering, as well as the emotions that were CONSTANTLY engulfing her. I started out loving the character of Marisa, but as the story went on I grew to be highly tired of her incessant crying and dramatic flair for everything. Granted, traveling into another dimension would be FRIGHTENING and alarming, especially having to accept that alternate dimensions and vortexes actually exist. Also, granted, she is seventeen and just had to go through the traumatic experience of losing her father…but honestly. How, do you have the energy to keep crying? It seems that she only decided to start being strong for herself when she was accepting the fact that she might not be able to be with Darian. I wanted to see her becoming a strong and confident warrior princess, slaying mythical creatures alongside the boys and holding her own...or at least trying to. But alas, she had to be saved countless times like a true damsel in distress.

I of course adored the characters of Darian and Arrigo, but I also really enjoyed Savino. If you have read my reviews before, I have mentioned that I LOVE the snarky and sarcastic characters. Savino is QUITE the charmer and the polar opposite of Darian, but has his own appeal even though he is meant to be the villain. I will be honest, I preferred Savino over Darian purely because he had more personality and spunk. A few smaller things that I enjoyed in this book was the fact that the author incorporated creatures that resembled the Abominable Snowman and Bigfoot, instead of the old boring dragon. ;) The author had a unique way of wrapping the story up at the end and clarifying everything as well. I liked how all of the issues came to a conclusion, but that there were at least three more chapters afterwards to explain everything that went on throughout the book. THANK YOU for not leaving me with unanswered questions, that drives me crazy!

Overall, this is a really exciting and addicting read. I really want to go on and read the next two books in the series, as I am VERY curious to see how everything turns out and how the writing improves.

P.S. I am going to assume that the author REALLY likes to describe things as having a “chestnut” color. ;)
Profile Image for John K.
1 review16 followers
April 14, 2013
Medieval Intrigue!

The Carnelian Legacy is a fun, whirlwind Medieval adventure. Imagine this: you've just lost your father, you're about to turn 18, and you're looking for some kind of purpose in your life, when you're suddenly swept into a fantastical parallel universe where everyone calls you "Milady"! Not only would you have to deal with the sudden shock of being a fish-out-of-water, you'll have to survive a web of intrigue, romance, and impending war — with YOU at the center of it all.

Three things that set The Carnelian Legacy apart

Gigantic Cast: I love big casts and this book delivers. From Marisa's "normal" family and friends on Earth to the knights, paladins, and mistresses who become her "surrogate" family in Carnelia, there are lots of characters that you will meet and get to know better. Though the love-triangle of Marisa, Darian, and Savino is the focus, the supporting cast will make you laugh, smile, and sometimes cringe!

Sense of Wonder: From the first step that Marisa takes in the Medieval world of Carnelia, she never stops being amazed at the sights, sounds, and surprises all around her. Sprawling castles sitting high atop the mountains, forests filled with gruesome beasts, and even an elegant masquerade filled with guests from all over the land. You'll have a ton of fun learning about the world of Carnelia along with Marisa and hoping that she'll somehow find a way to fit in...

Mystery and Intrigue: This book is teeming with multi-layered mysteries and royal intrigue, both of which Marisa has to solve if she's going to get back home. First: how to get back home? Luckily, several characters are already hard at work on the mystery of the lightning at Gold Hill and the bonds that connect the two worlds. Second: who will take the Carnelian throne? Darian and Savino aren't just vying for Marisa's heart, they both see themselves as king. But succession ain't easy, and Marisa will have to dig into Carnelia's foggy past in order to help influence its future.

I'd highly recommend The Carnelian Legacy to anyone who enjoys a good fish-out-of-water tale! Take the fun and fantasy of Harry Potter, combine it with the romantic elements from Twilight, and this is what you'll get. Enjoy!
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132 reviews
September 15, 2013
I got this ebook in exchange for a honest review.

Marisa had buried her father when she got sucked into a vortex into another dimension. The last thing she wanted to do was worry her Uncle and her brother when they should've been mourning the loss of her father. However, Marisa is off on her own in Carnelia and found by Prince Darian and his friend Arrie, while on their to make a peace offering to the Darian's cousin, who's the temporary ruler of the kingdom. Marisa joins them on their quest and along the way falls for Darian but he is unavailable because he's betrothed to marry a Fiore woman to obtain his throne. Along the way, Dairan's cousin, Savino is captivated by Marisa's beauty and puts his own peace offering on the table. He'll give Carnelia to Darian if he can have Marisa's hand in marriage.

This book is AMAZING! I loved this book from the very beginning. I cried when I was supposed, I swooned, gushed, everything! I had a feeling the book would have ended the way it did but I just didn't know how but it still blew my mind how I didn't see the connection myself. I did pitied Marisa when she was homesick, considering the way she left. Part of me wanted her to go back to her Uncle and Mark since Darian was unavailable but I knew there was some way they would be together. I just love how everything went down in the Ball, it just reminded me of something in Gossip Girl when Savino was deceived by Marisa and Darian.

I can't wait for the next book because that cliffhanger is going to bug me until I get my hands on it! I honestly thought this was a standalone but towards the end, there was no it was going to have that sense of finality. I'm glad it's a series because I know Savino will strike and the Queen's diary! I just have to know! Oh and also I can't believe this the author's first book! I'm defintetly going to be in the lookout for this author when I'm searching for a book to read ;)
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76 reviews2 followers
September 22, 2013
***** ARC exchanged for an HONEST review *****

This is a great book, i give it 5 stars!!!

OK, So we start with a young girl (17) who just lost her father to cancer :(. While trying to cope in her own way she finds her self on her horse and going into the forbidden woods. She time travels via a vortex into another dimension where she wakes to find not one but two cute guys looking at her, one in disgust the other in curiosity. Being in a new place with a foreign dialect can be overwhelming, now lets add physical attraction to someone she isn't meant to be with or can't be with and someone else whom repulses her wanting her. What is a girl to do? Well, luckily we get to go on this roller coaster journey with her.

I absolutely love this book, yes it is far fetched but really who wants to read about reality the whole time? This fictional world is amazing (for now anyways who knows what book 2 will bring). I found myself loving most of the characters and hating one in particular. I could understand how confusing and frustrated she was so it is hard for me to judge her on how long she was a brat about it when she was only ever told partial truths. Who wants to be told half of something knowing there is more unsaid? Nobody that's who so, i would have been just as mad probably more so. Darin, well, he means well, but he should have trusted her more. Yes, maybe not at first but after leaving his cousins she should have earned his trust. Being a mute and having someone kiss you cant be easy can it? so she earned trust stars in my book then. Arrie well, he is a great guy who keeps his word regardless if he wants to. Duty bound he is there emotionally in anyway or Marisa needs him.

Seriously, read this book. Yes, its a bag of crazy and weird but everyone needs a little fun crazy in their lives at times. To me this is a great book to escape into!

When is the second book being released?? I was looking to buy it now :(

Happy Reading:)
520 reviews14 followers
February 14, 2015
I actually read this book in one sitting. Once I started reading it I just had to finish till the end. I like the concept of a parallel universe. The overlapping of worlds that you wouldn't know you were standing on the same space as would another person. The modern medieval twist to the story. I especially love the concept of the mythical creatures. Most of all was the Wounded Heart. That part was just so sweet. I wonder though

The twist in the story somewhere in the end was something I did not expect. I mean I was expecting something but just not that. It solved their part of their problems.

The romance was sweet. Not too much but not so little. Although I felt like I wanted to hit the two lovebirds, they were being foolish in their assumptions of what each felt about another as the story goes. But it turned better for the end.

I also wonder if Darian's sister would have her own HEA. I might be spoiling it already when I mentioned that part but for some reason I was pairing Mark and her in my head.

I thought it would finally have an HEA at the ending but it is only temporary no thanks to epilogue and then there's a second book. I guessed the part of the second book because the problems with Savino aren't solved yet. But the epilogue made me wonder about Marisa's mother. Something fishy is going on there. I also wonder how Savino would retaliate? But the ending fits perfectly. It wasn't bad that made you want to pull your hair out but it's something that leaves you hanging for more.

I will definitely read the books to follow in this series.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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204 reviews7 followers
August 21, 2013
The Carnelian Legacy by Cheryl Koevoet

Raring 5*****

This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

This is such an amazing novel. I found it amazing after I finished it to learn that this is a debut book from a new author. I never, ever would have guessed this.
Marisa is truly heartbroken after losing her dad. He was all she had left. At 17 years old she and her brother Mark we're truly orphan. After escaping on horseback she finds herself drawn into a powerful for text which. this changes your life forever
Once she finds herself in the land of Carnelia she is befriended by Darian and his cousin. Taking Marisa under their wing is natural for them. It's obvious to them she.needs their help. Immediately she is drawn to Darian, but he seems to belong to another.
In the tradition of great writers this is kinda a Stephanie Meyer meets Johanna Lindsay. It is paranormal, romantic and bold. I can't rave enough about this one. I finished it all in one sitting and I was left still wanting more. The plot has a magical flow and the characters are simply amazing. I felt as if I knew each and every one. One of the best indie books you can get your hands on. Absolutely loved it. One of my all-time favorites.
This is a must read for this year!!!!!
Michelle McQueen
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1,346 reviews81 followers
August 26, 2015
NetGalley. Thanks for a copy.

Forgive me. I have found myself cynical towards this book. I abandoned The Carnelian Legacy at around 70 to 80 percent, and I'm very bored with this book.

Things I have a problem with:

1. Contradictions: Seriously, this book is full of them. The (hot) Ambassador is full of them, and I'm not going to dive in to point all of these out. (Actually, this is more of a character issue than a contradiction, but okay. I'll just put this here.)

2. Random things that make me wonder 1) Is the MC crazy, 2) Is the plot being convenient, and/or 3) is this world for real.

-Main Character (Marisa): Suffering from grief, Marisa accidently stumbles into an unusual world. Suddenly, she is stuck in a very bad place and becomes a sort-of doormat. Honestly, if I was her, I would be screaming. (Actually, I might have to applaud her for not screaming...) But she isn't very homesick for one thing...

-Plot: Random things make me roll my eyes at the convenienceness.

-World Building: So this is a somewhat Medieval world. But with more forward thinking...? I'm not so keen about the more "modern" ways.

Conclusion: No. The Carnelian Legacy will probably make someone else happy, but this isn't for me. The love interest is a little too annoying for me. I also find the story moving at a snail's pace.

Rating: One out of Five
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2 reviews1 follower
June 24, 2013
Cheryl Koevoet's first foray into fantasy fiction is a full-bodied, satisfying read! Not only are her characters engaging and well-developed, but the world she places them in is vividly brought to life by her full-color, surround-sound descriptions. I found myself pausing to close my eyes and savor the scenes and characters. Immediately drawing her reader in through Marisa, the heroine's, plight, Cheryl quickly jolts you into the fascinating world of Carnelia. As the storyline unfolds, you find yourself engrossed, with a nagging suspicion that all is not as it seems. Cheryl drops tantalizing clues along the way, but the surprise ending is all the better for the waiting! Trust me, you want to add this novel to your summer reading list, and if I were you, I'd bump it up to #1! Well done, Cheryl!
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291 reviews12 followers
May 26, 2016
September 2013

I was giving the chance to read this book from the author. I was intrigued by this story from the beginning of reading it. I was honestly shocked that the booked kept my attention, normally I wouldn't read fantasy type books but, this one kept me reading. Marisa a young girl who just lost her father was pulled into a storm and taking into a completely different world where she meet Darien who was royalty. Reading about their journey back to his home and him trying to keep her safe was amusing. My only negative was the ending, I felt that the cliffhanger was a bit much and left me wondering what had really happened. I really wish the author would have ended the story after Darian was told about the journey. Besides that, I think it was an interesting book and I will read Carnelian Tranny once it's released next year.
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45 reviews5 followers
May 4, 2015
I loved The Carnelian Legacy, a very compelling story, masterfully narrated.
Marissa, the young heroine, just suffered the devastating loss of her father, to whom she was very close, and in a desperate attempt to try outrunning her grief she saddle her horse and gets into the forbidden forrest. and from here, the adventure starts, as she is sucked into a vortex that transports her in another dimension, a foreign world, looking like a futuristic middle-age. Marissa is lucky enough to be found by Darian and Arrie, who speak English and who reluctantly agree to help her and take her on their quest, in the beautiful world of Carnelia. What follows, is a quest which will bring her a better knowledge of herself, of love, friendship, duty and sacrifice.
The book is a page turner and worth reading.
Thank you vety much the author for graciously giving me a copy.
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2 reviews
March 5, 2013
This book is an absolutely wonderful story which will meet your every expectation in regards to romance, adventure, drama, history and whimsey. I have read this book 3 times and will read it over again many times more. The perfectly balanced mixture of a teen ager's present day trials and tribulations intertwined with another place and time is perfectly described with every exciting adventure leading the heroin to ancient family secrets revealed, a romantic love story spanning through the ages, mysterious forces trying to tear the couple apart, battles and sword fights with creatures of another breed and a village on the brink of war and much more.
All I can say is thank goodness this story is a trilogy because it definitely left me wanting more!
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Author 71 books963 followers
May 8, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed The Carnelian Legacy and got swept up in it right away. I will admit that I was a little weary about the alternate universe bit, but it ended up being so much better than I had expected. The detail and vivid description that the author uses to describe this strange world draws you right into the story. I love romance/fantasy so this book with the love triangles and beautiful men everywhere was a really fun read for me. The only negative I found was that it dragged on a bit in the middle and could have been a little bit shorter in my opinion. Regardless, once I got into the second half, I couldn't put it down and read the majority of it in a day. I'm looking forward to reading the next one and see what the future holds for Marisa and Darian!
17 reviews2 followers
November 25, 2015
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

I was very excited by this book. The cover drew me in first off, second, they build you into the story without giving away too much. I love the main characters and the way they interact with each other. No this was NOT some twilight, I am in love with two men. Boring. I know this book did say it has Christian content, but to be honest. I can see it being able to mold to anyone's person beliefs. I would hate to have someone not give it a chance due to feeling like religion being pushed on them. I love the way she tied it up in the end. No you do not get a paragraph or two of explanation and that is it. She explains it, yet still strongly entices you to read the next book.
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119 reviews4 followers
October 6, 2013
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review

Well, what a story! The author has done an amazing job with a storyline that has been touched on in many other stories but she managed to give it a fresh outlook that I really enjoyed. The love interest was dealt with in a way that is appropriate for teens which is a plus. The parallel universe, mythical creatures, mystery and intrigue kept my attention all the way through. I will be recommending it to friends with teenagers because I know that they will absolutely love it although you don't have to be one to enjoy it!!! Great job Cheryl Koevoet, I will be keeping my eyes peeled for more fom you!
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1,339 reviews66 followers
September 1, 2015
I received this from Netgalley for an honest review.
After the death of her father, eighteen-year-old Marisa's life is on the verge of imploding. She seeks comfort on her daily ride through the woods of Gold Hill, but when a mysterious lightning storm strikes, she is hurled into the ancient, alternate dimension of Carnelia where she is discovered by the arrogant but attractive nobleman, Ambassador Darian Fiore.

I loved the relationship between Marissa , Darian and Arrie. The ending had a twist which I did not see coming. I really want to finish the series.
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