FABULOUS fantasy adventure … I hoping for MORE!
There is an imposter on the throne of Ciyula who is about to create a war with a country they have co-existed peacefully with for over 900 years.
Rosaleen, an impetuous young noblewoman steals a document from Queen Asta, and the chase is on. Following a mysterious cat, Rosaleen is led to her mother Layla who Rosaleen had thought to be long dead. Her mother is Keeper of the Hollow, bestowed with many magical talents. Layla informs Rosaleen of two things; first she must find the rightful Queen of Ciyula and depose the imposter and second, that Rosaleen is to be the next Keeper of the Hollow
To help Rosaleen with her quest for the true Queen, she is given the help of a magical cat and told that her two horse companions are specially "bound" to her. She is informed that along her journey she will have many helpers and that her magic powers will increase and start to reveal themselves.
And so the quest begins.
Author, Arielle LeClair has created a fascinating and fast moving story in the fantasy kingdom of Ciyula. As the story progresses, we learn more about Rosaleen and meet new companions. Her first companions are the magical cat Layla has supplied her with, and then her horses and lifelong bodyguard Rolan. As they search for the true Queen they are joined by other volunteers in their mission.
The thing I really loved about the story is that every character has a distinct personality (even the animals) and each plays an import part in the furthering of the plot. You get to care for the characters and to care about what happens to them. At no point in the story did I get lost or mix up characters BECAUSE they were so distinct in personality and purpose. They differed not only in personality, but in motivation and history. Even the very bad guys were well-done!
There were some major surprise plot twists and loads of action (including a bit of romance) along the way.
I loved the story and especially the characters. I was loath to put the book down when I finished, and I am hoping LeClair is hard at work on her next novel. I would love to see some of the same characters again and in fact I hope LeClair will create several series from this book.
If you are a fan of fantasy adventures you are SURE to love this book!