The Land of Flames (The Karini and Lamek Chronicles Book 1) by Cynthia P. Willow
Amazon Book Description:
Enter a world of fairies, dragons, dwarves, and elves in The Land of Flames, a magical world where possibilities are endless and truth makes a difference.
Ocamar, the villainous dragon king, and his dragon clan, have overtaken The Land of Serenity and everyone in the land is in jeopardy. The only hope seems to be with Rumbleflin, the oldest and wisest of the elves, who plans to lead an army rebellion.
To add to the conflict, Ocamar and Rumbleflin have been harboring secrets from one another for years, and what happens when those secrets are revealed will have a major impact on everyone.
Can an army of fairy-tale creatures defeat a clan of dragons and restore their Land of Serenity?
I was a little surprised when I finally got to read this book, but it wasn’t an unpleasant one.
Plot – Grade A-
The plot was relatively straightforward and the unexpected twists were a bit easy to predict, at least for me. However, this did not detract from the simple enjoyment of the story. The characterizations of each character were well-done and helped breathe life into the plot. And while I could guess at some things, I must admit that the cliffhanger presented by the preview of Book Two DID catch me by surprise. While this is a trilogy, the plot can stand on its own and is a complete story in and of itself while leaving a few plot threads hanging loose to carry over to the next book.
Content – Grade A
This book is meant to be family-friendly and it lives up to that label with the absence of language and sensuality. There is some violence but it is bloodless and while there are deaths, some of which are revenge-motivated, these take place off-screen and, in two cases, are related by another character. Definitely G-rated.
There is some romance, mainly rising from Lamek and his amusingly charming infatuation with Karini. It’s amusing and sweet and I rather hope that Lamek gets the girl in the end.
Now this is a fairytale complete with witches and wizards. It’s written so there IS magic and there are brooms, wands, and spells used by the witches and wizards. For myself, none of it is written in a way that causes me to hesitate. The source of their magic is not discussed even it is required for the magic-users to have a wand in order to work their spells. Spiritually, the book is a bit on the lighter end of the spectrum, I think the most straightforward acknowledgement was a character uttering a “Thank God!”
Technical – Grade A-
This book has a rather simplistic tone to it, which suits the feel of a children’s fairytale, and half of the time it meant that I was reminded of the classic The Chronicles of Narnia. While the age range on the book’s amazon page is 6-18, the narrative’s style is definitely aimed more at the younger readers. The book is superbly edited and I didn’t see any obvious errors or typos. My only quibble, which is an extremely minor one, is that ‘beautiful’ felt a bit overused.
Final Grade – A- or 4.7 Stars
Overall, this book was a pleasant read. It didn’t quite attain the same feel of The Chronicles of Narnia, which I personally love, but it was a near miss. I would recommend this book for families looking for a family-friendly fairytale to add to their reading list. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
The Land of Flames is available through Kindle, paperback, and Audible.
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