Monday, March 22, 2010
Review Choices Meant for Gods
Choices Meant for Gods
By: Sandy Lender
ArcheBooks Publishing Incorporated
This review is based on a review copy provided by Sandy Lender in exchange for review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.
Choices Meant for Gods is the first book of a planned trilogy written by fantasy author, Sandy Lender. Ms. Lender is relatively new on the scene, but has already garnered an impressive following of dedicated fans. She can now count me as one of those fans.
A couple of months ago, I reviewed the second book of the series, Choices Meant for Kings. You may recall I was impressed with both Ms. Lender’s writing and the quality of her world-building. I regret now that I didn’t read the books in order. Choices Meant for Gods does an excellent job of setting the background of the story. Here the main characters, Amanda Chariss Derdriu, Nigel Taiman, Hrazon, and Master Rothahn are introduced to the reader. The land of Onweald is vividly brought to life through the author’s creative talents. Here, too, the reader learns why Drake pursues Chariss, what a geasa’n can do, and what the prophecy holds for Chariss and Nigel. The reader also learns of the growing attraction between Nigel and Chariss, but is left wondering who the young dragon is that visits Chariss in the hours between sunset and daybreak.
Ms. Lender weaves a vivid tale, peopled with characters made all the more real by their short-comings and their human desires. The reader is caught up in the tale from the first page and is compelled to keep turning pages to learn more of Chariss’ battle against Julette, a goddess who has turned to evil and Drake a sorcerer intent on taking over all of Onweald. Will Chariss succeed in her quest? Can a twenty year old woman fulfill her destiny as protector of the active god of Onweald, Master Rothahn? Will Nigel find a way to share his dark past with Chariss without alienating her? You will have to pick up a copy of Choices Meant for Gods to find the answers to these questions and others. You won’t be disappointed if you are a fan of fantasy. I know I wasn’t.