The Keeper of Dragons: The Elven Alliance by J. A. Culican

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Title: The Keeper of Dragons: The Elven Alliance

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Rating: *****

Review: After reading The Prince Returns I was very excited to read this book especially after the ending of the first novel. The opening to The Elven Alliance was great we rejoin Cole and Eva as they begin their respective training with the different dragon factions. Eva learns quickly and advances through the ranks while Cole struggles especially with the Wolans who are fighters and quickly falls behind his counterpart. As I suspected from the end of the first novel there is more trouble on the horizon for Eva and Cole, the farros that were captured by the fairies have disappeared and the dragons believe that elden are helping them. Elden like farros are fallen by fallen elves and due to this new development Eva and Cole will begin training with the two most powerful elves in existance; Prince Gaber and Princess Clara.

As we approach the 1/4 mark in the novel Eva and Cole meet Prince Gaber and his sister Clara for the first time, they elves I imagine to be very beautiful but they do present some odd behaviours. We can also see there is some tension between Jericho and Princess Clara which I hope the author goes into some more depth here. It seems Cole’s mahier and the tilium he stole from the farros are at wars as the tilium is tainted with the darkness. As Cole can’t control the tilium the elves need to train him quickly before he causes severe damage or injury to others. As they begin training Cole learns that his tilium is controlled by his emotions and his strongest triggers are fear and anger. It is during this training session that he accidently kills Prince Gaber who is revived but they also receive a warning about the eldens drawing dangerous close.

As we approach the half way point in the novel an alliance has been formed between the dragons, elves, fairies and trolls in preparation for the war with darker beings that is to come. As we cross into the second half of the novel the leader of the trolls and Queen Annabelle have been summoned to a council with Prince Col and the royal Elves. As Keeper of the Dragons it is Cole and Eva’s role to protect all true beings and we see Cole accept this as he isn’t worried for his safety but the safety of those around him. He also finds it frightening that Paraiso the elves home felt more like home to him than Ochana because here he was accepted without any expectations something he doesn’t have back with the dragons. As the farros among others descend on Paraiso Cole is being taunted by Tana and despite Jericho and Cairo’s attempts Eva is determined to be by his side the whole time which does prove beneficial to Cole as Eva provides him with an anchor; a source of light in his unstable state. As the farros and eldens try to break through the elves wards everyone prepares for a battle the likes of which has been seen in centuries.

As we approach the 3/4 mark in the novel, Cole learns of Verum Salit where two beings share a soul, it turns out that Cairo and Eva share a soul and there goes my theory of Cole and Eva having a romantic relationship. The next step for the beings that are left is to figure out a way into the elden’s swamp to retrieve Eva. As the final plan to rescue Eva is drawn together we see the relationship between the true beings become stronger in this time of fear and we also see a ray of hope shining from Cole despite his self-doubt. As the arrive near the swamp were the farros and elden are located the group no longer remains divided thanks to some strong words from Cole, he even manages to stun Jericho. The final battle was astounding there seems to be no limit to the amount of power that Cole possesses.

The final pages of this novel were just amazing it provided hope just to be presented with a new and even more dangerous challenge, I honestly can’t wait for the next book in this series and to see how Cole and Eva tackles their new enemy and whether everyone will make it out the other side. I highly recommend this novel to all fantasy lovers and it highly deserves its rating.

This book was sent to me for review consideration by the author

Buy it here:

Paperback: amazon.co.uk     amazon.com

Kindle Edition: amazon.co.uk    amazon.com

Also see: The Keeper of Dragons: The Prince Returns by J. A. Culican

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