Friday, August 22, 2014

Primordial Dust by Sarah Daltry My review

Title: Primordial Dust
Author: Sarah Daltry
Genre: Fantasy (Romance/YA)


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A princess, trained to behave. An assassin, betrothed to her. A thief, whose eyes she dreams of at night. A kingdom at war, torn apart by the suppression of magic and truth, as well as family secrets that threaten to destroy decades of peace. Questions of loyalty, of morality, and of free will culminate in a fantasy novel about forging one’s own path and choosing one’s own destiny. 

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“I’m not sure. It’s a spell of some sort, but it’s a powerful one. Magic script is rarely used now and never like this. The varied colors mean that the spell is a conditional one. The writing of this today would bring me to your doorstep.” “What do you mean?” “The three colors. A conditional spell has three outcomes – based on the mage who uses it. The intent of the mage changes the results, and if the mage’s intent is to harm…” “Intent is all,” I whisper. “Yes. The foundation of magic, but intent matters little in an age when magic serves no role. In a world when it was powerful, however, this could be a weapon or a blessing. All depending on the mage. It doesn’t matter, though, because if we want to read this...” “We need the mage,” I finish. “Sure. That will be easy.” Finding a mage in Anara during peace time was a challenge, at least one who would admit to crafting this. Secrecy is forbidden in mages; it was one of the agreements when magic became a specialized art. Finding a veiled mage after entire kingdoms, along with all of their mages, have been butchered is an impossibility. “I think we must speak with Alusia,” Seamus suggests. “And then we need to take a journey to Livonia.” “Livonia is in ruins. It was absorbed by Yarvania, remember?” Seamus smiles. “Ruins are the best place to start. Where better to hide a secret than under 
 rubble everyone forgot?”

My Review

Sometimes I read a book that is set in a far off land with fantastic kingdoms, royalty and magic. I am whisked away to enchanted places and taken on amazing adventures. This book contained one of those stories. From the very beginning when Allondra is a spoiled brat to the end when she has grown and realized her place in the world, I was mesmerized. I admit there were a lot of uncommon names to remember and at times it could be confusing, but still, the story was one that captured me.
Princess Allondra was forced into an arranged marriage, but at the engagement party a dead servant is the beginning of a war that will ravage her kingdom. Allondra must stand by her betrothed to fight. But fighting will not end this war. Allondra and Seamus must find answers to why the war began in order to stop it and return her kingdom’s peace.
I highly recommend this book. I admit that the beginning was a little slow for me, but once it hooked me, I couldn’t get it read fast enough. In the first part of this book I didn’t feel like I connected with the characters, but as the story unwound, I started to feel Allondra’s desperation to find the truth about her mother, her brother and a man that is her brother’s father. Then as the pieces fell into place I felt her confusion and sorrow. I was very pleased with how the story concluded.
If you enjoy fantasy, paranormal and romance, you’ll like this one. Paranormal Tendencies gives it 4 stars.


Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She's written works in various genres - romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn't as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she's been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships - romantic, familial, friendly - because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn't matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future - human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah's stories. Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun. When Sarah isn't writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking the internet for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window. She has written several books, most notably Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy in the Eden’s Fall series, Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story, and the six book New Adult Flowering series, including Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, Blue Rose, Star of Bethlehem, Orange Blossom, and Ambrosia.

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