Title: The Rose of Cavendish
Author: Lea Cherry
Series: Cavendish Series
Genre: YA / Fantasy
Release Date: Oct 26 2011
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
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Blurb/Synopsis: Anna-Belle, the Princess of Fae’s life was put into danger by the Empress' right hand man so she escaped the hold the guards and the palace had on her to save her life. That was when she came across Landon, who helped her escape and taught her a few things. She also met Keira, the shadow that Landon couldn’t get rid of, who had an instant dislike in Anna-Belle but tagged along when they fell off a cliff into the Elven Kingdom.
In the Elven Kingdom, Anna-Belle met Aranhil, the prince of elves and also her love interest in the story. It was there that she and her friends learned about a prophecy that Anna-Belle is the Chosen One and the only one who could find the Enchantress, who is needed to stop the darkness that is threatening her world. The only way to find the Enchantress was to travel towards the darkness to find an enchanted rose that can grant any wish that is pure of heart.
On this journey, Anna-Belle learns to harness her powers, finds an unlikely friendship and starts to fall in love. But it is also on this journey that the darkness threatens to unfold everything they have worked for. Anna-Belle gains strength, courage and friends, but loses a lot more when she finds The Rose of Cavendish.
The dreams came and they were not pleasant at all. It was our world, consumed by
darkness. Everywhere I looked the fae were fighting. Fires consumed everything, the trees where
the Napaeas called home, the mountains the dwarves inhabited, the castle the Elves lived where
empty and trashed. The sun, which use to be so radiant and bright, was dark and cold. Our realm
has turned into a permanent night full of darkness and evil. This is not the world I knew. Where
did everyone go? What happened? I walked for a while, stepping around the rubble tossed on the
ground when I saw Aranhil having a fist fight with a Napaea.
“Aranhil! What are you doing? This is not who you are? What has gotten into you?” I
moved closer and touched his arm. He immediately turned around and I could see his beautiful
face has turned into a permanent snarl of anger and hate and his gorgeous eyes were no more.
They have been replaced by the dark red eyes I saw on Gadrin. This cannot be happening!
Backing away I saw him following me. Pulling his sword out and walking with it at his side. He
raised it up, ready to attack.
“Aranhil please! Don’t do this!” Begging seemed to be the only option, but it didn’t help.
I backed against someone and as I turned to see who it was, my arms were caught by someone
else’s hands and I was spun around. Landon was on my one side while Keira was on the other
holding me in place so that I couldn’t move. I knew that little bitch didn’t like me but this is way
too surreal even for her.
“Guys, please. Let me go! What’s going on here? HELP! Somebody please help me!” I
yelled but no one seem to hear or if they did, they obviously didn’t care. Aranhil moved closer,
“It’s because of you that this has happened.” Aranhil said as he stopped a few feet away.
“Me? Why me?”
“You didn’t have the courage or the power to do what you were supposed to do and now the
darkness has taken over. It’s all your fault and now you must pay.” his eyes started to glow like
the gems on an evil statue. I tried to break free but Landon and Keira’s grip was too strong. The
closer Aranhil came the more I struggled and screamed. No one cared and I was sure to die at the
hand of the man who claimed to love me. What is this world coming to? He lifted his sword, the
metal from the sword glowed with the reflection of the fire that surrounded us, and with one fast,elegant movement.
My Rant: The rose of cavendish was magical. I am really intrigued by books that display the magical and fantasy elements especially those stories that include elves since they are my favorite fantasy creatures. The plot was invigorating and there is a rush of action and emotional impact that keeps you grounded in the story. I really enjoyed the characters, you can connect with them and experience their feelings and emotions as they go through the trials of the story. This is the first time i have read a Lia Cherry's story but i can guarantee it wouldn't be the last. This YA title is definitely one i would love to share with my niece and nephew because it has the story book story feel. Why, because it some what reminds me of the never-ending story.
I rated this book 3 1/2 out of 5 Purple Rant hearts and would recommend this book to anyone that loves a story that is packed with magic, action and all the goodness that sparks the imagination.
Born and raised in South Africa, Lea lived a fantasy life. She studied interior design after school but dreamt that there was more that she could do. After being given an idea and challenged to write, she set off writing her first novel. She continues to write when she has a chance and when she’s not writing or playing wife and mother, she enjoys painting and drawing and dreams up more stories to write. Her first novel is The Rose of Cavendish, book 1 in the Cavendish series, but assures that there are many more to come.
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