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Book Review: ‘Elven Jewel’ by Kasper Beaumont

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I recently came in contact with new-to-the-scene, fantasy author, Kasper Beaumont, via Twitter several months back. While introducing himself, Kasper had also asked if I would be interested in reviewing Elven Jewel, Book One of a new trilogy: Hunters of Reloria. Being that I thoroughly enjoy the fantasy genre, I agreed; practically sight unseen.

In retrospect, I’m happy that I did because Elven Jewel turned out to be a good read. It was interesting, entertaining, and easily able to capture my imagination, plus the storyline became more engrossing as I continued further into the tale. That’s about the only “downside,” so to speak, of multiple book stories – the sometimes longish introductions to the various characters and the multiple plot lines. This was really the only area where Beaumont’s newness to the writing world actually showed. However, as Elven Jewel progressed, Beaumont seemed to grow more confident in his writing ability and more at ease within the world he was creating.

Elven Jewel is set on a world called Zumar, in a land known as Reloria. It’s a beautiful place; magically protected but sadly, over the course of time, its inhabitants have drifted apart. Some of this drift can be attributed to continental distance, some due to the evolution of their race’s intelligence, and some … because of chosen isolation; believing that they had been betrayed. Wherever, and however, these various races each chose to live though, life was still good.

Yet the same cannot be said for Vergash, the home continent on Zumar for the reptilian race known as the Vergai. Because of the cruel, warmongering nature of these cold-blooded people, their lands are dying. Barren, dry, and desolate, Vergash can no longer support their needs. However, the Vergai are well aware of the bounty Reloria holds; having previously attempted to conquer it, but without a favorable outcome.

Upon the successful defeat of the Vergai army, the elves of Reloria immediately created a magical shield designed to protect the entire continent. Neither man nor weapon could penetrate this barrier … until now, that is.

This is where readers will begin their journey; with the discovery that this impervious barrier has just been breached via a dimensional portal created by sorcerers; prisoners of the Vergai. And those are the only details with which I will provide you… (Awww)!

Rest assured though, if you’re a fan of fantasy literature, you will enjoy reading Elven Jewel. It’s a good book; full of intrigue, surprises and unique plot twists. Beaumont has done a great job of laying the trilogy’s foundation. Of course, upon reaching the end of this first volume, I was quite disappointed to realize that I was, in fact, at the end. But wait! There isn’t any more?!

Overall, Elven Jewel  is a great start to the Hunters of Reloria, and I’m certainly looking forward to reading the second installment!

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About Charline Ratcliff

Charline Ratcliff has an unusual educational background in that her parents removed her from school near the completion of sixth grade. While her parents had no interest in furthering her education, she on the other hand did. Charline has always loved to learn and thus, shortly after turning twelve, she began her solo literary journey of learning. By age sixteen, Charline had traveled and/or lived in every state except Alaska, and she has also traveled through a good portion of Europe. Charline would tell you that she fell into writing by accident – that it wasn't until her first book, The Curse of Nefertiti, was actually published when she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Shortly thereafter, during the course of securing reviews for her own book, she noticed that there was a huge need for book reviewers. Having a sincere desire to help others, and understanding the importance of an impartial review, Charline began reviewing in early 2010. Nowadays, Charline divides her time between writing adult historical fiction, children’s books, online articles, reviews and interviewing other authors. When she’s not writing or spending time with friends and loved ones, she works on her line of all-natural soy candles and of course travels – making certain to enjoy the beauty of the world around her.