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A Necklace of Souls by R.L. Stedman

January 15, 2013

Necklace SoulsA Necklace of Souls by R.L. Stedman. Pub. HarperCollins, 2013.

The hardest genre of fiction to review is fantasy. Astonishingly fantasy to be credible needs to be believable. Fortunately in this first novel for Dunedin writer R L Stedman she has got the credible part right. The reader can believe what is happening.

Set in the  Kingdom of the Rose, an island dominated by The Castle of the Fallen, in a time period like the Middle Ages. Those inside the Kingdom are protected from the outside world by the Guardian who wears a powerful necklace dominated by a big ruby. Possessing the Necklace is a burden and the current wearer is Rosa the sister of the King  of the Rose Kingdom.

The king has a daughter, Dana, who is 14 years old and like her father has  dreams of things that are yet to come or have already happened. The dreams are often brutal and tell of death and destruction in the Rose Kingdom at the hands of an invading army.

Dana is to inherit the Necklace and become the new Guardian, but she doesn’t want to. She meets a boy Will who is a baker of bread, and whom possesses other skills that will make him a good warrior and be needed in what is to happen. Will’s parents die in the plague and he is fortunate to be allowed residency in the Rose Kingdom.

Rose and Will are to face an Ancient enemy who is on the rise and who wants the necklace. Good stuff.

Intermediate and secondary in appeal. Readers of fantasy have plenty to get their teeth into.

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