Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Perfect 10: THE MYLARI CHRONICLES by C.J. England

EYES OF FIRE - C.J. England
The Mylari Chronicles, Book 1
A Perfect 10
Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1-59998-932-8
May 2008
Romantic Fantasy

Oregon, Calen’taur - ¬Present Day

Talia has come home after two years of college to tell her parents she wants to travel in Europe. Instead of gaining their blessing, she bitterly argues with them and plans to leave the next morning. Instead, Talia is kidnapped by hideous creatures and dropped straight into an alternate world that could have existed in one of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels. Fortunately for Talia, Calion Sáralondë, Prince of the Calen’taur Elves, was on patrol when her disgustingly ugly and smelly captors, the Orcs, brought her into his world. He rescues her from certain rape.

Calion is taken with the beautiful human from the first moment he sees her tied and staked in the Orcan castle. Sparks fly and passion literally flames in their eyes as the elf prince and Talia fight a forbidden love. While they are escaping the monsters, they overhear a plot to stop a prophecy from coming true. How can it be that Talia is part of an Orcan prophecy, and what does this mean for the future of the elvish world?

Calion and Talia return to his father’s castle to search for a prophecy that involves a human woman and could predict the fate of Calion’s world. They struggle to hide their true feelings for each other. If the other elves discover that they have made love and broken the taboo, the couple could be put to death.

EYES OF FIRE is a fantastic tale of love, danger, and suspense in the fairy world. C.J. England does an incredible job creating an alternate dimension and a language for the fairies. I could easily picture the plants and animals unique to that world. The elves’ language is easy to follow and translations are handy.

The theme of forbidden love is not new to romance novels, but EYES OF FIRE creates a wonderful emotional rollercoaster that will have readers crying buckets for Talia, groaning at Calion, and finally smiling when the couple gets their relationship right. The suspense of secret prophecy, threat of war, and social challenges make this book a must read. I am on pins and needles until the next book in the series is available. I rate C.J. England’s EYES OF FIRE a Perfect 10.

Mel Mason

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