Thursday, September 19, 2013

"Divided Realms: Flight of a Changeling (Aarabassa World Part 2)" by Catherine L. Vickers

Divided Realms: Flight of a Changeling (Aarabassa World Part 2) 
by Catherine L. Vickers 

Flight of a Changeling is Part 2 of the Aarabassa World series. Also available: Guardian Dragons (read my blog post) and Blood Bride (read my blog post).

Based on the world of Aarabassa where one half is dark and the other is in constant sunlight. A magic barrier divides the darker characters out of the Lightlands.
Prince Raphael is taken on a pilgrimage to heal his illness, by Rikka the herbal nurse, but all is not as it seems.
Prince Amos and Prince Leon depart on separate quests to invite various races, including dwarves, centaurs and merpeople, to the Lightlands Council to ready for battle with the creatures of the Darklands.
Heather, the Changeling is journeying to the Guardian Dragons lair, meeting with the Forest Keepers on her way. Her final destination, to meet with the monshaad Emperor on the other side.

The next few moonwakes saw Heather repeating her skills of Changing to an eagle, believing this the best way to discover any possible inhabitants, but so far it had proved unsuccessful. She sat hidden in a high treetop, contemplating heading straight for the river to locate Sheba and Change back to her own self, when unexpectedly her eagle’s acute hearing picked up the humming sound of quiet soft voices.
‘Did you see that strange white beast?’
‘It’s called a horse,’ another squeaky voice replied. ‘And, it probably belongs to a human so we had better get back.’
The voices did not speak Heather’s language but she understood their words, though she could not find the source. She looked up and observed a small grey bird and quickly Changed to its image so she was smaller and could fly within the tree branches, where the voices had originated from.

Wow! Cathy Vickers has done it again. I read the first book in this series Guardian Dragons and I loved every word of it, and I feel the exact same about her newest book Flight of a Changeling. Featuring the fiery changeling Heather (still my favorite character) as she journeys to the guardian dragons lair meeting with some interesting creatures along the way. The young prince Raphael tries to get Rikka the herbal nurse to heal his illness. Whilst prince Amos and Leon go off on a journey to invite other fantasy characters for the battle with the creatures of the Darklands.
The story line and the plot gets a straight 5/5. It kept me interested the whole time, especially since I am an avid fantasy reader. Writing wise there were some areas which could have been better but there was no real big obvious mistakes just some minor areas that don't really matter, I could hardly notice them. I would really recommend this series to anyone with a love for books. This books has the X factor. I can't wait to read more by this author. Thank you for letting me read these books.

About the Author
Catherine lives on the borderline of North and West Yorkshire, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales in England.
She is a mother of four children and a grandmother of two grandchildren. She has three dogs and one cat. Her wonderful husband assists her with the complicated world of computers that enable her to publish her works for the world to view.
Her reading is dedicated to the worlds within Fantasy Adventure, Urban Fantasy and Historical English Crime. Occasionally she turns to English Classics with Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters being favorites.
By day she sells antique and vintage items (you can visit her eBay store by clicking the link below). By night she is busy creating and writing towards her new fantasy series, Aarabassa World. Part 1 (Guardian Dragons) was released in February 2013. Part 2 (Flight of a Changeling) was released in June 2013. Part 3 (Blood Bride) was released in December 2013.