Illera’s Darkliete by Gail Gernat

Illera’s Darkliete by Gail Gernat
Publisher: Andrea James Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (340 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Orchid

When the messengers from Frain arrive to secure the hand of Princess Illera for their cruel, selfish heir to the throne, Torul, she hides. Forced by circumstances and her own father, Illera and her three companions journey to the cold, dark north. Fighting against her fate, Illera plunges the quartet into danger. But when she accedes to the demands of cruel destiny they must fight against a ravening evil that knows no restraint. Using her mixed blood heritage, can this innocent child learn and mature fast enough to control both herself and the forces ripping her world apart? Can she negotiate the political intrigues and defeat the hordes of Shul, the pirates of Carnuvon and the hatreds of Frain?

What happens when an elf falls in love with a human? Princess Illera is the result. She inherits her mother’s healing abilities and uses this for everyone, not only her own people. Her father reluctantly arranges a marriage for her but Illera runs away. Raven and Lark, the two brothers who came to escort her to her betrothed, are full of sympathy but they have to obey their king and they find her and take her to her new home, where she escapes once again.

Illera’s actions, and her reasoning, show a strong character full of determination to do what is right, regardless of the consequences to herself. She meets many different people in her travels, not all of them human, but helps them all. This endears her to many different races. The heroine’s personality is apparent from the beginning and I wasn’t disappointed by her subsequent actions.

I enjoyed reading this book, and have to admit I guessed wrong about the final outcome several times. I believe keeping the reader guessing makes this an excellent read. Illera is a heroine who caught my interest until I had to find out what happened to her. Great book.

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