Book Title: "The Empires Edge"
Author: Kelly McCrady
Published By: The Wild Rose Press
Age Recommended: 17 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5
Review: There are seldom many writers that have the divine ability to marry fantasy with romance so smoothly that you don’t realize you’re reading a fantasy novel at all, until you’re done. After reading “The Empires Edge” I can honestly say that Kelly McCrady is definitely one of those rare individuals. While the romance of the story is superbly sweet and inviting, adding much magic and beauty to this stunning story, what truly drew me in was the fantasy realm, the trouble they face, and the alliance formed by husband and wife to save the day.
Leah Indasely is a wonderful heroine with the perfect amount of skill and smarts. Jeren Vassal is a militant wonder of a man that has no idea what it is like to hold a woman in his arms having given his entire life to the service of his King. When the two are joined in a disagreeable marriage, each with their own private instruction from their King to save their hallowed land, the excitement begins to build in many more ways than one.
Kelly McCrady writes with elegance and grace, her style almost poetic in nature as she makes you wish you were part of her character’s lives in even the smallest way. I must say she has gained a devout fan and I plan to seek out more from her in the very near future.
Synopsis: LEAH INDASELY, daughter of the First House, expects to wed an old friend of equal rank. Instead, the king makes her a decoy to find an insurgent out to stage a coup, and arranges Leah's cover--marriage to an aloof army captain. Leah plans to return home when her assignment is finished, the marriage annulled. Driven by desire to earn status, not have it handed to him, JEREN VASSAL reluctantly joins his high-born bride at the altar, knowing marriage is necessary to his new commission. Yet Leah, full of grace and intelligence, sparks thoughts of home and family, a life beyond that of a soldier. Now an old enemy threatens to rise again. Questions of loyalty force Leah and Jeren to unite, to find a solution to the disappearance of the realm's dragons, and pacify a vengeful neighboring culture. First they must find the source of unrest inside their kingdom, and despite offering their honor on false pretense they begin an unexpected slide toward love.