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Synopsis: After the fall from the Maaldan cliff, Chalice is reunited with her friends on a journey that takes them to the coastline of Ielieria.  Little do Vlaad and his Fierain know what is in store for them as, bit by bit, their plans are thwarted by this blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty.

The small band of rebels then travels across the Realm, preparing it for war, while Chalice herself is brewing plans of her own that may just land her in the hot seat.  What will happen when she returns her father to the throne?  What will happen when he finds out what she has done?  And ... what will happen once Dar'Maalda learns of the rebels' location?

In the third and final novel of the trilogy, The Legend of the Raie'Chaelia, you find out.  It is a dramatic finish to an epic story of action, adventure, betrayal, forgiveness and love.

Rating: 2.5 stars **

 

My Thoughts: I had the pleasure of reading the entire series and find that I have to be completely honest in my findings. If I do not like a book, I try to assimilate a valid list of reasons why and give a most humbling opinion as to not cause harm to the writer and the potential of their work. I try to give it its due diligence and attention. I read through each book twice to make sure I felt the same when finished.

First, I believe Melissa worked very hard on this series and I have no doubt that a lot of heart and soul went into this project. While her creativeness and eagerness to tell the story of Chalice and her journey showed, I found that everything did not click or fit in order to give me as the reader a great connection.

I believe the writer Melissa, has the potential to be magnificent. While her descriptions of each character lacked the depth I needed to connect and maintain connection, I did feel like she made a valiant effort to establish the bond between reader and character but fell short. I do not believe it entirely her fault, I believe her writing style and my own imagination just didn’t mesh well and I believe that is the reason for my lack of enjoyment for this series. No matter my disconnection I did continue to read in order to give The Return as well as its sister books the time and attention they deserved in order to give this review.

It was very disappointing to me because I love fantasy, I love falling into other worlds that authors create. I find it encompassing and generally enjoy books I have read. I am not in any way demoralizing or making this a put down. I am simply saying that there were instances when I began to feel that pull during my reading, I would get excited and then ultimately the anticipation would die a very fast death because of misunderstanding the passages, not understanding what the author was trying to convey and where exactly she was trying to lead me on this journey of her world and the people within it.

When I finally got to “The Return” I was a bit reluctant. I experienced some of the same let down from the two previous books, but I will honestly say this book showed more promise as Melissa was gaining her footing. I feel horrible for not being able to jump for joy as I had thought I would in the beginning, I felt like I was left high and dry and it frustrated me because the potential for this series to be great is there, it just wasn’t for me.

**** Although I may not have liked the book very much, I do however want to acknowledge that one may not like everything they read and encourage my viewers not to pass judgment on my thoughts alone. While it may not have been my cup of tea, it could very well be yours. Happy Reading always! ****

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10/18/2013 23:53:59

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the books, but thank you for participating in the tour all the same!

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10/19/2013 00:41:51

Thanks for taking part in the tour!

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