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Elven Jewel by Kasper Beaumont
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it was amazing
bookshelves: australian-author, fantasy, fiction, young-adult

Elven Jewel by Kasper Beaumont is a rollicking grand adventure with echoes of Lord of the Rings and, perhaps, of The Ranger's Apprentice, but it is its own story, and I thoroughly enjoyed the read - probably more aimed at the Young Adult audience than Middle Grade audience.

When two halflings lads (Fendi and Randir) and their bond fairies observe the arrival of reptilian warriors (Vergai) in the peaceful fields of Southdale, they are precipitated on dangerous journey first to warn, and then to save, the Eleven Jewel that protects Reloria from outside attack. They are joined in this journey by Fendi's father, Old Fandri and his bond fairy, the young huntress halfling, Sienna, the elf warrior Daeron (protector of the tempermental Elven princess Shari-Rose), the Dwarven brothers Raja and Baja, a Diagro knight Sir Varnon, and the enigmatic Mountain Man - Asher Grey from Flame Mountain – forming a band or fellowship - the Hunters of Reloria.

I loved the drawings included (often by fans of the book) as well as the humour and the twists and turns in the tale. There is romance, overwhelming odds, ambushes and battles, prophecies and alliances, tragic death, sorrow, loyalty and hope. The story moved at a good pace, with an occasional slowing for 'back-story explanations of the world or Fandri's past adventures. And, while many of the 'races' drew from the Tolkien legacy - elves, dwarves, halflings (hobbits), men, trolls and dragons - the relationship between halflings & bond fairies as well as that between the Mountain Men and Dragon added an intriguing layer - and the Vergai and their truly formidable King added a different dimension to the story - as did the world - two planets close together with a moon circling both. The Eleven Jewel had a dramatic climax, while leaving the way open for the continuing story of rescuing the Elven Jewel and saving Reloria.

And enjoyable tale.
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Reading Progress

February 6, 2017 – Shelved
February 6, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
December 27, 2017 – Started Reading
December 27, 2017 – Shelved as: australian-author
December 27, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
December 27, 2017 – Shelved as: fiction
December 31, 2017 – Shelved as: young-adult
December 31, 2017 – Finished Reading

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