Jul 11, 2017

Recent Reads: The Treasure of Isian by Serena Clarke

Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
The Treasure of Isian (Isian, #1)
The Treasure of Isian by Serena Clarke
Series: The Isian Series #1
Publisher:  Red Mountain Shadows Publishing
Publication Date:  May 6, 2016

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Format:  Audible Audiobook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him, even die for him.
Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by angry giants, soul-stealing elves, bewitched dragons, a vengeful water-witch, battling foes, and a mysterious kingdom.
Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Garin must decide what the most important things are in his life.
Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom? And will Elani find true love?

Become lost in the adventure, love, loyalty, and mystery of The Treasure of Isian!
The Treasure of Isian is the first book of a series that follows Elani and her master Prince Garin. It is fantasy, romance, and adventure all wrapped into a nice package.

Right when you start this book you are thrown into the adventure. You get to know the characters through their journey versus from backstories and that is refreshing for a fantasy novel. We follow from Elani's point of view as they are venturing to find the mysterious Treasure of Isian, soon after Elani is separated from her master and will do anything in her power to save him from any evils he is encountering.

The story is very much like a fairy tale. It has mystery and also princes and princesses and lost treasures and it gives you that vibe as you read it (or listen to it like I did). Overall the story is entertaining and will hold your attention well. The characters are where I had some trouble. Elani is ok, she is a servant and has to serve her master, but she is strong and determined and I like that in a character. However Prince Garin, her master, is rude and oblivious throughout most of the tale and then all of a sudden learns to appreciate Elani but it is a very drastic change it seems and I didn't like that.

I think that the overall story was a good one. It is the first in a series, but the ending is pretty tight so you could read it as a stand alone if need be. I think that lovers of fantasy and romance will enjoy this one and the audiobook was pretty good if you enjoy listening versus reading text . The only issue I had with the audiobook recording was the chapter breaks, they seemed too short, like the paragraphs just seem to end in random places... not sure why I feel that way but I did. End verdict - a nice fantasy read.

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