REVIEW: The Dragon Chalice Series

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Title: Heart of the Hunter
Pages: 410
Published: 1st January 2004

Title: Heart of the Flame
Pages: 384
Published: 1st March 2005

Title: Heart of the Dove
Pages: 352
Published: 29th November 2005

Author: Lara Adrian (Tina St John)
Type: Kobo e-book

4 Stars

I found all three books in this series to be complex and appealing stories.

The 1st book in the Series “Heart of the Hunter” is about Ariana and Braedon.

Ariana is on a journey to France to release her brother from the grasp of his captors with the ransom they have demanded. Ariana is accompanied by her bodyguard who meets and unfortunate end in a scuffle and Ariana finds herself in the arms of The Hunter, Braedon, a knight with a mysterious past and a dark legacy.

After a long journey together they finally free Kenrick from Silas’ clutches and stumble upon the whereabouts of the second part of the Dragon Chalice and just in time as Ariana benefited from it greatly.

I really liked that the romance that eventuated between the two was established on trust and was not love at first sight.  In fact upon first sight Ariana was quite terrified of the knight.

The 2nd book in the Series “Heart of the Flame” is about Ariana’s brother Kenrick and Haven.

Upon being rescued by his sister Ariana in the first book, Kenrick has emerged from 6 months’ imprisonment with an unyielding determination to find the Dragon Chalice.  Upon arriving at his old friend’s estate in Greycliff he has found it burnt to the ground with three fresh graves dug and the treasured object that he hid there is missing.  Kenrick notices a beautiful woman who eludes him and finds her with her memory scorched by fever.  Kenrick returns with Haven to Clairmont to find out what she knows of the events that transpired at Greycliffe. The more time Kenrick and Haven spend together, the more they start to develop feelings for one other but there are secrets and memories that might tear them apart.

Haven builds a relationship with Ariana and when on an excursion with her runs into Le Natres who enlightens her of who she really is and the part she played in the attack on Kenrick’s closest friend, Randwulf of Greycliff, and his family.

The 3rd book in the Series “Heart of the Dove” is based on Randwulf of Greycliffe and his mission to avenge his family.

Everything that Randwulf of Greycliff loved was torn from his grasp in a night of fire and terror. His wife and child slain, his manor destroyed, Rand now lives for revenge on the man who ordered the attack. Armed with part of the legendary Dragon Chalice, Rand embarks on a deadly voyage to trap his foe. Until he becomes shipwrecked and is fighting for his life before he is found unconscious on a beach by a forest nymph, Serena.

Serena has the gift of Knowing: with a mere touch, she can see all the secrets in a man’s heart. Her mother Calandra has kept her hidden in the grove to protect her from being condemned as witch and to avoid the attention of men.  Serena finds herself drawn to Rand and looks beyond the anger and revenge that fills his mind.

The writing of this entire series is powerful and the plot is very strong. I thought that the supporting characters as well as the main characters were all well described and felt like they all had a part to play in the outcome of this story.

All three books were full of action that kept me on the edge of my seat and had so many plot twists that I couldn’t always predict which was fantastic! I loved how the ending completely tied up the series and left no loose ends.

At the end of the first book I actually cried! I was so elated when Ariana was saved.  The second book was all about trying to build trust and get past their own misgivings and was portrayed very well. But the last book was my absolute favourite. I loved the twists and turns it took and how gentle Serena was such an incredibly strong character who was intent on saving Rand and as much as I guessed who Calandra was, Silas’ really surprised me!!

I would definitely recommend these books!

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