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A Ranger's Tale by Mysti Parker
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it was amazing

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 does not have to be original for it to be enjoyable. It just needs to have a tight story and great characters. And this is where A Rangers Tale comes in, it won’t win any awards for being the most original of stories – but for what it is, it is a really good story and worth a read.

The tale is another fantasy romance involving elves – but with more adult touches to it. There are times whereby the story boarders on being pornographic, but thankfully the author has enough respect to not go down that route. I personally found the romance between the two characters very well done and didn’t feel forced like some other romance stories I’ve read.

The characters in the story are colourful and have enough traits to make them interesting. Cali is a very strong female lead – not too perfect, but not exactly a damsel in distress. She’s a very likeable character and you support her in her journey based on what you know about her. Galadin was equally as good a male role, though he does come across as a bit of a bastard at times. The one character I felt sorry for was Jayden – although I’d spoil the surprise if I said why.

The pace of the story moves quickly – sometimes too quick. Plot points can be resolved as quickly as they are brought up with no real time to develop. Nevertheless, the chapters are very short and you can breeze through them in a matter of moments. I never once got bored reading this story.

My only minor gripe is a couple of anachronisms, when one character refers to another as being “robotic”, or when some character says the words “thank God”. These feel more like modern words and kinda out of place in this sort of world.

Whether you’re looking for a good romance, or a good escapist fantasy, A Rangers Tale will satisfy both your needs. It may not be the most original of stories, but it’s entertaining and a good read – and isn’t that why we read these kind of stories in the first place?
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November 1, 2011 – Finished Reading
May 15, 2012 – Shelved

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