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{May 19, 2011}   Redheart, by Jackie Gamber

From Goodreads: Enter the lands of Leland Province, where dragon and human societies have long dwelled side by side.  Superstitions rise sharply, as a severe drought strips the land of its bounty, providing fertile ground for the darker ambitions of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, who seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of the land.

As the shadow of danger creeps across Leland Province, a young dragon named Kallon Redheart, who has turned his back on dragons and humans alike, comes into an unexpected friendship.  Riza Diantus is a young woman whose dreams can no longer be contained by the narrow confines of her village, and when she finds herself in peril, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her.  Yet to do so means he must confront his past, and embrace a future he stopped believing in.

A tale of friendship, courage, and ultimate destiny, Redheart invites readers to a wondrous journey through the Leland Dragon Series.

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Seventh Star Press has been extremely gracious in giving me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review, and I couldn’t be happier to state that I just loved this book!  Gamber is a very talented writer, combining beautiful prose with an intriguing story about a world in which dragons and humans co-exist, though not harmoniously anymore.  I was intrigued from the very first chapter, and absolutely adored the narrative style Gamber employs in her writing, as the third person narration allows four separate stories to run simultaneously, leading up to their interconnections and beyond.  I really love that Gamber creates suspense and ends each chapter with a cliffhanger, making it impossible for the reader to put the book down.  Yet, the next chapter adds no respite as it changes to the story of another character, creating anticipation and more cliffhangers before the original character is brought back to the forefront.  It’s sheer genius—I read the entire novel in one sitting as I was that enamored with the characters and their plights; there was never any down time, and hence, no time for me to put it aside.  It created a real sense of mystery for me, and I highly enjoy when only bits and pieces of a story are revealed at a time…  I love novels like this! 

The story itself is very beautifully told, and Gamber does a phenomenal job creating personable characters and down to earth themes, all dealing with different aspects, such as social, psychological, feminist, archetypal, and philosophical issues.  I really enjoyed being able to analyze the characters and their actions on so many different levels, as that is what make a piece of literature excellent, in my eyes.  I was pleasantly surprised by the ending of the novel, and am eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series, set to release late this year.  Four stars!

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