“The Raie’Chaelia” by Melissa Douthit Book Review

By Ruth on December 19, 2013 in book, review

rai chaeliaSummary (from goodreads):

When Chalice sets off for Branbury in the middle of the night with her grandfather’s instructions, she has no idea of the dangers that await her. The King’s men have destroyed her home village of Canton and she is suddenly thrown into a Terravailian world that she does not know. Lost and alone, she is hard pressed to evade the iron grasp of the madman who rules the land. With the help of a friendly Chinuk, an old man, and a book that she discovers along the way, not only does she find true friends and true love, but she also finds her true self and what it means to be the Raie’Chaelia.

Melissa DouthitAbout Melissa Douhit:Melissa Douthit grew up in North County of San Diego, California. After graduating with a Computer Science degree in Southern California, and working for a summer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico, she moved to the Bay Area to work at NASA Ames Research Center for a year and then at Lawrence Livermore National Lab for another four years. From there, she moved to Monterey, California, to work at the Naval Postgraduate School on a government project for two years.

She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, working as a software engineer. Since high school, she has been a voracious reader of books of all genres, with an emphasis in fantasy and science fiction. Her literary work is strongly influenced by her professional experience and includes many elements of her scientific background. You can find out more about Melissa on her website: http://melissadouthit.com

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The Raie'ChaeliaThe Raie’Chaelia by Melissa Douthit

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even though I am not a major fantasy fan, I am pleased to be able to recommend this young adult fantasy book. The story is somewhat engaging. I sometimes found myself confused amongst the characters, but the story was appropriate, intriguing, and full of a few twists, turns, and bumps along the way. This is the first book in the series, and the author has informed me that in order to truly appreciate the trilogy, one needs to begin with the first book. I don’t know if that is true at this point, but we’ll see as I plan to read the other two books as well.

The best thing about this book is the exclusion of certain items that authors often (erroneously, in my opinion) insert into young adult books. There is a bit of romance, but you can be assured of not finding any intimate scenes. The profanity is so minimal that it is almost nonexistent. I was telling my mom about this series, and it is one that I believe my daughter might like a few years from now.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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1 Comment

  1. Teddy Rose December 19, 2013 Reply

    I’m so glad you enjoyed The Raie’Chaelia. I can hardly wait to read what you think of the rest of the series!

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