Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Ranger's Tale (Tallenmere, #1)” as Want to Read:
A Ranger's Tale (Tallenmere, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Ranger's Tale

(Tallenmere #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  358 ratings  ·  116 reviews
In the high elf city of Leogard, an elven noblewoman longs to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wants nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done...

Caliphany Aranea, nearly a century old, leads an enviable life as high elf King Leopold's niece and daughter of Sirius, Leogard's most famous wizard. She is expected to follow in her fathe
Kindle Edition, Third Edition, 257 pages
Published January 21st 2014 (first published April 22nd 2010)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Ranger's Tale, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Mysti Parker It is a series of standalone stories. They can be read in any order but all of them connect in one overarching plot.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.79  · 
Rating details
 ·  358 ratings  ·  116 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of A Ranger's Tale (Tallenmere, #1)
Mysti Parker
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it, and I like it. :)
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
Legit tried to read this despite worst cover ever.

The second sentence had me cringing.

"Fresh hay tickled Caliphany's nose, and she stifled a sneeze. Hide-and-seek was her favourite game, except Aelendyl was allergic to hay, and she knew it."

What is up with that? Does that make sense to anyone?

This book appears to be unedited; either that or the source material was so shockingly bad to being with that this is the best the editors could tame it. It is also poorly formatted and often misses spaces
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review appears on my Happy Indulgence Blog. Check out the author interview here!

A Ranger's Tale is an emotionally charged story about a beautiful high elf in search of adventure and an ex-pirate sea merchant falling in love. Told from multiple perspectives, I experienced a flurry of emotions as I followed Lady Caliphany and Galidan on their adventures.

Caliphany is the King's niece and a high elf who will do anything to escape the life her father has planned for her. As a mage in training, s
Amanda The Book Slayer
Wow!!! I loved it. All I have to say is, why haven't I heard of this book before? It is a must read people!

I was hooked from the beginning. I had a hard time putting this book down and if it wasn't for sick children(we love our children) I would have finished it in a day.

I Loved It!

Recommend : Anyone who loves Fantasy mixed with an ex-pirate and a kick-butt main female character! It really is a must read!

Warning: You may cry, so keep tissues close. This book will take your emotions for a ride
Ronda  Tutt
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantacy, romance, erotic
Fantastic Read!

I really enjoyed this Fantasy, Wizards, mages, spells, and magical powers with lots of action entrance you right away and the romance was weaved within the story perfectly as were the love scenes that were described with creatively written clean taste that left you with all kinds of erotic visions to imagine. The story grabbed me right away with the rebellious daughter of a master wizard who wanted nothing to do with the controlled life that was set before her.

Cali, a beautiful
Tori Ridgewood
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I was swept away from the moment I began following Caliphany and Galadin, and their adventures. I dearly love stories of missed connections, miscommunication, heartache, and reunion, and Mysti Parker has not disappointed -- in the tradition of Tolkien, she has created a whole new world of beauty, delight, and magic. I love the details she has considered in every creature, every home, and in the spell craft of the magical characters. And her characters are complex, pulling me further and further ...more
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
3 ½ stars. A Ranger’s Tale is an action packed fantasy set in a world inhabited by magical elves, trolls and goblins in a land called Tallenmere. Caliphany is a beautiful high born elf and the only surviving child of an overprotective wizard who has her entire future mapped out for her. A future spent moldering away inside the stifling walls of the Magic Academy and marrying a man she doesn’t love. She does her best to abide by his wishes but her desire for adventure leads her into the arms of G ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Ever played Dungeons and Dragons? This book is straight out of it. High Elves, wood elves, halflings, dwarves, humans, half-elves, its all there. If you don’t like this stuff, don’t read it. It truly read like something out of a D&D campaign, with some romance and heartbreak rolled into it. The author put in enough culture into the world to make it believable, and enough description to make you feel it.

As an old Dungeons and dragons gamer and a fan of fantasy, I really enjoyed reading this book
Stefanie Pristavu
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Caliphany Aranea is a blonde bomb-shell, bad-ass fire mage, getting ready for her dissertation. But she wants more from her life than take her strict and famous father’s place as the next top scholar. She dreams of travel and adventure.

Galadin Trudeaux (awesome name, btw) is a ranger, ship captain and former pirate. He saves Caliphany from an attempted kidnapping and falls in love with her on the spot.

Their journey together begins when Caliphany pays him to train her in the ways of the rangers.
Mysti Parker has hit one out of the ballpark with this first story in her new Tallenmere fantasy romance series with its wizards, paladans, elves, trolls, halflings, royalty, a secret agency, a poignant romance, betrayal, a love lost and found. Parker has created a wonderful new world for her authentic characters. I only wanted to smack the heroine once or twice.

Lady Caliphany, the high elf heroine and the King's niece, as a child accidentally set their barn on fire. Now, almost 100 years later
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Mysti Parker’s novel has a lot to offer, whether or not you usually read fantasy! I can say this because I rarely pick up a fantasy book. I’ve read a lot of speculative fiction, sci-fi, and experimental fiction, but the allure of fantasy tends to be lost on me. However, I found A Ranger’s Tale captivating.

The novel follows Caliphany Aranea, a high elf who holds onto her taste for adventure in spite of her strict upbringing. Her choice to become a ranger – basically a wandering warrior – is frown
Oh wow! What a pleasant surprise. I wasn't crazy about the book cover (actually the color scheme) but once I started reading I was hooked. There was something hypnotic about Ms. Parker's writing and this was my kind of love story. It had heart, adventure, mystery, magic, twists, and a love triangle that rocked! I seriously did the squeeze-chest-shoulders-giddy-claps with a big grin after finishing the read because I was so happy.

I'm a bit apprehensive about reading the rest of the installments
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Ranger’s Tale: Mysti Parker

When someone’s life is programmed and they decide to rewrite it in their own way they often encounter many obstacles along the way blocking their path and hindering them from achieving their desired goals. Caliphany’s parents have always been inclined to have her follow in her father’s footsteps as a mage. But, that’s not what she aspires to be. Her father is dominant, controlling and refuses to understand that his daughter does not want the same things life he does.
Susanna Mahoney
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Ranger’s Tale by Mysti Parker

This reader won this delightful tale in a book contest Hunger Games Read Along Event at

From the first page to the last, it was an entertaining tale of a young woman birth into a family of royalty and wizardry has her life destiny changed when a misfortunate accident takes her brother, the heir to the kingdom. She is given the responsibility of carrying the family’s name and reputation as a mage a powerful wizard to continue the linage of the
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a highly emotional story based in the world of magic and mystical creatures that puts you through the wringer and leaves you exhausted after turning the final page. For full-elf Caliphany Arenea, being the daughter and only child of a renown mage hasn't been easy. Since the death of her brother she's been groomed to become the next leader of the Mage Academy except that's not what she wants. She longs for adventure and seeing the world past her city gates. She makes a deal with half-elf ...more
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Ranger’s Tale
By Mysti Parker
It is always a gamble when you pick up and read a book from a new author. Maybe their writing style hasn’t matured yet or maybe they are still learning character development, or maybe they just are down-right horrible. However, I can say, after reading this book, that Mysti writes as though she has been doing it for years and this could be her 20th novel.
One of my favorite things about this book is how the story progresses. What do I mean exactly? When you read a
I should mention, I received a free ebook copy of this book to read for review, but this in no way, shape, or form manipulates my thoughts on the quality this novel was executed with. -Just a head's up folks! ^^

Okay, so on first diving into this, I didn't really know what to think other than it was just okay, as I drifted in and out of the first... almost half, and for the longest time I was set on giving this a three stars.... Before I finished it. That ending sure changed my mind!

Also, Mysti
Cindy Borgne
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Book Alert Review by Cindy Borgne

A Ranger's Tale by Mysti Parker 4.5 stars.

The story beings at the point where Caliphany realizes she doesn’t want to be a mage, and she has had enough of her father trying to control her. I enjoyed her take charge attitude. Anytime someone tried to make her do something she didn’t like, she instead took things into her own hands. Not with always with a good outcome, but that’s all the better.

We meet Galadin at the point he rescues Caliphany from almost bei
Dan Wright
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most common complaints that I’ve heard from non-fantasy readers is that there is no originality in it – that it borrows too much from other sources. This is a criticism that I totally disagree with. I don’t think fantasy borrows any more than any other genre. I mean, come on, how many vampire stories have we had since the release (or even before) of the Twilight series – or how many Sci-Fi stories have borrowed from Star Wars or the like?

The point I am trying to make is that a story d
Alan Zendell
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started “A Ranger’s Tale” expecting a fantasy novel about a heroine seeking adventure, but what I found was a story written with love from the very beginning. Caliphany is many things, but what stands out about her is her heart and spirit, and that endeared her to me instantly.

She’s flawed, like any good heroine. Like anyone who is motivated by her heart more than her mind, she doesn’t always make smart choices, but since we love her from the moment we meet her, we spend the story waiting, wis
Lauren K
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
A Ranger’s Tale is a fantasy romance novel. I really enjoy forbidden love stories, where two people come together despite all odds because of true love. In a Ranger’s Tale, Caliphany is a high elf, niece of the King of Leopald and a mage in training to become a wizard like her father. He plans to marry her off to another elf of high standing. Caliphany has always dreamt of travel and one day leaving Leogard. When Galadin a halfling and a ranger rescues her on the docks from two brutes she finds ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great, fantastical story of love and loss and heartache and following your heart. Galadin is a ship merchant, but he hasn't always been. After his parents were murdered by pirates, he was kidnapped and forced to work, and kill, for them. After the pirates attack and kill some innocent friends of his, Galadin runs off, landing himself in Leogard, where he trains with the Rangers and rebuilds his father's ship merchant business.
Caliphany is a High Elf and King Leopold's niece, living in
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parker has a very approachable writing style. She takes you on the adventure of a lifetime in a manner that makes you feel like you’ve been there with the characters. Parker has created a completely new and utterly ravishing world that is fully formed and intricately crafted. She has thought of, and written about, everything, including a new calendar. You can visualise the different species and races that you encounter throughout this novel. Her descriptions are well formed and flow in such a ma ...more
Nora Weston
A Ranger’s Tale is set in the fantasy world of Tallenmere, where high elf Caliphany Aranea boldly defies her controlling father...who is the most powerful mage in the kingdom. Caliphany’s well to do life was carved out for her including a marriage and a lifetime dedication to her magic, and many citizens in Tallenmere would think it crazy to desire anything beyond what her father had planned. With her strong will and a heart for adventure, Caliphany breaks away from Tallenmere’s traditions to in ...more
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caliphany Aranea, A One Hundred Year Old Elven Longed To Explore The World, But Her Wizard Father Watched Her Like A Hawk Since Her Older Brother Died In A War. She Was Expected To Take The Great Sirus Aranea's Place And Control Magic As Well As He, But Try As Hard As She Could She Never Measure Up And She Did Not Want To Be A Mage And Go To The Academy. There Were Wonders Beyond Tallemere And She Wanted To Live A Little And Did Not Want To Marry A Man She Did Not Love!

Forty-Five Year Old, Gala
Tricia Kristufek
I'd been through hell and back and thought I'd took up permanent residence there until I had Cali in my arms again.

Caliphany has an easy, if predictable, life as the King's niece. As the daughter of Sirius, Leogard's most famous wizard, she's forced into following his footsteps and finds that it doesn't suit her at all, and neither does her arranged marriage. She daydreams of adventure and is almost kidnapped. Fortunately, Galadin comes to her rescue, and the two of them strike a bargain--Galadi
Mary Beth
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for The Romance Writer's Reads blog.

I know people always say never judge a book by its cover, so I should have known better!
This book has everything to make it great.
- Strong characters
- Lots of steamy sexual tension
- Action packed
- Jealousy and angst
- Magical creatures
- Pirates
- Runaway princess

The world in which the story takes place is magical and full of elves, trolls, half-breeds, and humans. The author does a good job of creating this world without making everything foreign and h
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book a four, but it is a very very high four. There were just a few things that stopped me from giving it a full five stars, but I'll get to that later. First, I want to say that this was an awesome book. Fantasy/paranormal romances are one of my favorite genres to read, so I loved Caliphany and her abilities. My favorite part of the book was her romance with Galadin. They have an undeniable attraction from the start, but he's a ranger and she must study at home under her father. The ...more
{my thoughts} - This book is about a High Elf named Caliphany Aranea. She is a very special High Elf because her Uncle is the King of the land in which she lives. She has dreams, wants, goals and desires, but her father will hear nothing of them. He wants her to carry on the family traditions and become a great Mage like he is. She isn't allowed to make her own choices she is confined to inside the city walls and must obey what her father wants of her. She finds a way to take part in things that ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Ranger's Tale is my first romantic elven book and yay, loved the story! Here in this book, an elven noblewoman, Caliphany, falls in love with Galadin, a half elven man and naturally everyone else is against the relationship. There are a lot of twists in it however there is this one major thing I couldn't take out of my mind, loving two guys at the same time. Love triangle is common in all romance books out there but the conflict on this story is somehow different. If you have seen the movie, C ...more
« previous 1 3 4 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Sinful Abandon (Abandon Collection, #3.5)
  • Rise (Symbols of Love)
  • Uncle and Ants (Silicon Valley Mystery #1)
  • The Good Neighbor (Fortune Bay #2)
  • Wrong Number
  • Caller ID
  • Dead Line (Cal Murphy #2)
  • Maigret's Holiday (Maigret, #28)
  • The Bound (Ascension, #2)
  • Righteous Assassin (Mike Stoneman #1)
  • All Eyes on Us
See similar books…
Mysti Parker is an award-winning author and shameless chocoholic. She writes romance for every reader's taste from super sweet to scandalously spicy. When she's not writing the next best-story-ever or tackling the endless mountain of laundry, she works as a freelance copywriter and editor. Mysti resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, three children and too many pets.

Subscribe to Mysti's

Other books in the series

Tallenmere (3 books)
  • Serenya's Song (Tallenmere, #2)
  • Hearts In Exile (Tallenmere, #3)

Related Articles

Sarah J. Maas is an author who almost needs no introduction, at least in the world of young and new adult fiction. She's a multiple New York...
223 likes · 27 comments
“Maybe your definition of hardship is different than mine, but it makes mine no less real.” 0 likes
More quotes…