Sunday, September 4, 2016

A Spell in the Country: A Novel of the Averraine Cycle by Morgan Smith

A Spell in the Country
A Novel of the Averraine Cycle
by Morgan Smith

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Traveling Light Publications (April 27, 2016)
Publication Date: April 27, 2016
Genre: Fantasy | Strong Female Heroine
Print Length: 298 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
What if you weren't what heroes are made of? What if your life was an open book? What if you were just an ordinary soldier, with ordinary skills and ordinary goals? What if you weren't "The Chosen One" but still had to try to save the world? "A Spell in the Country" is the story of that soldier - a young woman driven not by prophesy, but by circumstances and coincidence, and by the strengths and weaknesses that anyone might possess. Lured into treason and only narrowly escaping the gallows, Keridwen was desperate to build some kind of life for herself. But between demons bent on death and mayhem, treachery at the very heart of the kingdom, and a prince who had every right to nurse a grudge against her, what were the odds that she could stay out of trouble for long?

 
  A Spell in the Country: A Novel of the Averraine Cycle
by Morgan Smith
A Spell in the Country: A Novel of the Averraine CycleShe was trained to be a strong soldier by her father. She doesn’t have supernatural abilities, but she does have a keen sense of right and wrong, honor and duty, a knack for trying not to overlook the smallest details. Keridwen is sent out into the word to receive further training and battel experience form a prominent lord, but black magic will cloud events and leave her an unintended survivor in the hands of a prince, facing charges of treason. Saved from death, along with many of her troops, Keridwen intrigues the prince with her lack of filters, and blunt honesty.

Little did Keri know that meeting would change her life, forever. From a mere soldier doing her duty to a young woman thrust into the company of royalty, religious leaders, mages and deadly evil, Keri will discover that living among nobility can be twice as deadly as sword to sword combat on the battlefield.

Morgan Smith’s A Spell in the Country: A Novel of the Averraine Cycle is a treasure to read. Ms. Smith takes us into Keridwen’s heart, soul and mind as we see her tale unfold through her eyes. Without having to add a full palette of colorful scenes, Ms. Smith brings a sense of reality to each page that allows the backgrounds to feel as dusty and colorless as they are while showcasing the action and machinations of her characters. From start to finish, this is a tale that begs to be read from the earthy countenance of Keridwen to the fluttering and weak ladies of the court.

With only a rare chance to catch our breath between pages, we are part of the intrigue, part of the action and part of the brilliance of Keridwen’s ever-churning mind. Here is a strong female heroine who does not have to play up her femininity nor is willing to look the simpering damsel and she is priceless! Wonderful storytelling, fabulous characters, a myriad of personalities and lots of peril whose resolutions are as much brainpower as brawn, loved this book! You can be sure Morgan Smith is on my radar for more great reads!

I received this copy from Morgan Smith in exchange for my honest review.



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