The Firelight of Maalda (Legend of the Raie’Chaelia, Book Two)
Melissa Douthit ; Kindle Edition
Published January 8th 2012
Source: Review copy from the author
The Firelight of Maalda: A story that unites the real with the fantastical and turns science into magic …Chalice and her group leave Barenthren to travel to Portalis. There she and her friends discover the beautiful city, its people, its history, and its secret that has been kept hidden for thousands of years. During their stay, they learn that Dar’Maalda has the Firestone and that he plans to use it.What is the Firestone and what does Dar’Maalda plan to do with it? What are the Naezzi? What does the title, The Firelight of Maalda, really mean? And … what is the secret of Portalis, the secret that has been guarded so jealously for so long – so jealously, that many have given their lives to protect it?In The Firelight of Maalda, the second novel of the trilogy, The Legend of the Raie’Chaelia, you find out. It is a tale of intrigue and wonder where two opposite worlds collide in an explosive journey that leads Chalice and her friends to the dark islands lurking just beyond the horizon of Ielieria, where the Firelight of Maalda sits … and waits.– Goodreads blurb
Book #2 in the Raie’Chaelia series, The Firelight of Maalda presents us with a very imaginative high fantasy world, interesting world building and certainly an interesting set of characters.
The plot is a nice development of book #1, though it doesn’t resolve all the tensions and situations possible, there’s a book #3 coming after all. The story of this book has a nice rhythm in places, but it felt slightly slow for me here and there, like it had these breather moments that went just a minute too long perhaps, have you ever had that feeling when reading something?
The characters are likable and diverse, partly thanks to the imaginative world built and partly thanks to the author’s writing, but they do have something in common that I will point out, I wasn’t quite there all the way, you know? This is a recurrent problem I’ve met with, more often in YA books, at times in fantasy/high-fantasy sorts of adventures but not exclusively.
If we regard the two books of the series so far (the series also contains two short story prequels), we can say they constitute a bildungsroman, since Chalice grows up some and develops during these stories, and so do her relationships with her friends and her view on the world, though she keeps something of a light air to everything, something like a fluttery consistence.
What’s remarkable about the author’s writing though is a positive note, a lighthearted atmosphere that even tense or sort of dramatic moments have, and obvious and resonant by absence is, in my opinion, the angst. As you all have gotten used to by now, titles I like the most and resonate the most with have a healthy dose of dramatical twists and turns and a healthy amount of angst. Perhaps it has to do with my hot blood or something, I dunno. Serene adventure is nice, but dramatic, over-the-top popping-my-eyes out intense is a bit better.
All in all I say give this a try, it’s an imaginative world with young characters and it gives off a serene, feel-good sort of vibe that I’m sure many would love.
Visit the author’s website for more info on the virtual book tour, and if you’d like to give this a try by all means do check out my stop on the Young Adult Giveaway Hop open internationally from January 27th to 31st, where 1 ebook copy of this and 2 more titles will be given out as prizes.