The Carnelian Legacy by Cheryl Koevoet was a tremendous book. It is the first of three books that will tell the story of Marisa. What I loved most about this book was the strong female lead.
Marisa is a 17 year old girl who has just lost her father. Reeling from his loss and wanting distance, Marisa decides to go horseback riding. It’s on this horseback ride that she is transported into an alternate dimension. What follows next is an adventure, as Marisa meets with Darian and Arrie who are on a mission to save the kingdom from civil war.
The Carnelian Legacy features politics and intrigue, mystery and destiny. Of course, what story today features a female heroine without a love triangle? Marisa has to contend with the affections of Savino, the power hungry cousin and Darian, the heir to the throne.
What makes this story so wonderful is the interactions between the characters. I love the rapport between Marisa and Arrie. Arrie is an extremely likable fellow, who is almost like a cousin to Marisa. Watching the two of them bond throughout the journey is a pleasant surprise. In addition to the relationship between Arrie and Marisa, the character development between Darian and Marisa is also what makes the story interesting. Both sides start off distrusting one another and as a result repress their feelings. This inability to trust of course gives more than a few plot and character twists that readers will have to find out.
I would suggest this book to individuals that enjoy romance, intrigue, and faith. This is a great fantasy series and I look forward to the next book. As a result I am giving the Carnelian Legacy 5 swords out of 5 for an excellent book!
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.