Wednesday 1 May 2013

Lark's Quest

3 Stars/5

After surviving the massacre of the royal family and their servants and slaves, tiny slave girl Lark is the first person who is not a noble daughter to be trained as an Ariane, a group of magical warrior women. Lark has always known that Prince Raven has survived that night, and has made it her mission over the last 15 years to find him and restore him to his rightful throne as the King of the Silver Isle. Fifteen years ago Raven yr Griffon believed in equality for both the rich and poor, and he became the peoples champion and hero. After the night he lost almost everyone he knew, Raven, and his faithful servant Oxen, ran away to an inn where he could be left alone with his shattered beliefs. However, everything changes when Lark walks into Raven’s inn and both Lark and Raven will never be the same, but is she able to convince him to save the Silver Isle from invaders and corruption from within?

Lark’s quest is a YA fantasy book which has the 3 Deeds of the Ariane novella’s, this story is good because it has romance, action and a unique and subtle magic system. The reason I did not love this novel was because it felt like it needed more world building, as there was much more to see and explore in the Silver Isle than there was in this book.

I really enjoyed Lark’s personality as she is strong and brave and stands up against those who want her to fail. I also liked both Lark’s and Raven’s character as they both reflect the conflict felt in the Silver Isle. However, I would have liked some more scenes between Lark and Raven as I believe that the romance would have been better developed than it was in the book.

Deeds of the Ariane are a good 3 novella’s and I can’t wait to see what happens next to Lark, Raven and the Silver Isle. I would recommend Lark’s Quest to readers who like Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.

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