Book Review #17 THE ROYAL GIFT by Drae Box

I am in a Google+ writers group with Drae Box and she asked if I would review her book. I was more than happy to oblige.

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THE ROYAL GIFT is the first in The Common Kingdom series and was released mid December 2015. It is centred around a 16 year old girl whose village is being attacked. We follow Aldora as she is sent on a quest to find the Dagger of Protection that was stolen from her village the night of the attack.

Drae’s writing is an easy read. She doesn’t over describe or over complicate things but adds in enough detail to keep you reading.
However, I found the mixture of a new world with elements of our world a bit jarring at times. For example, despite living in a simpler time with carts, swords and the use of electricity as a new thing there was mention of jeans and trainers. I do wonder if, because I had an advanced copy, if that was edited at all before release to change that.

There seems to be a lack of any speech tags in the text, which is often encouraged in writing but some times I feel they are necessary to be clear about who is speaking.

Considering that this was first written when Drae was 14, I am impressed with the storyline and how it has great potential for more in the future. Aldora’s emerging magical abilities, romantic plotlines, a long-standing feud between families and an organised crime ring make for a great series of books to round it all up.

The next in the series THREAT has been written and is undergoing editing now for release early this year. I am definitely interested in finding out what happens to Aldora now and to Raneth as they embark on a new adventure.

I give this book a 3 star rating.  I look forward to the next installment and how Aldora’s future will unfold and how the magical element will continue to be involved.

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