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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review of Sela

Jackie Gamber
Seventh Star Press 2012
ISBN 9781937929893

   Sela, the dragon born child of Riza and Kallon, is forced to leave her home and family to live with her Uncle Orman who is her only protection. She is trapped in a human body and has no idea how she got there. She sees the disappointment in her father's eyes and is convinced she is causing both of her parents pain. While visiting her parents, she decides the only thing left for her to do is flee.
   Venur Vorham Draven Riddess has his sights set on crystal ore buried at the base of Leland Mountain. His plan is to marry a Leland maiden so he can have complete access to it. When the maidens are taken to Vorham's castle, it sets off a chain of events that no one will be able to stop. In addition, evil and betrayal lurks at every corner of the castle and no one can be trusted.

   This is the second book in the Leland Dragon series and it is even better then the first. Sela is young and just as stubborn as her mother. She frequently does things without thinking of the consequences and finds herself in need of rescuing on a regular basis. As the story progresses, Sela finds herself involved with a conflict that spans the decades and gets drawn into danger that she has no idea how to solve. Will she ever discover how to return to dragon form and will her true path ever be found?
   When Sela is taken to the castle, she wants to remain unnoticed. She is one of those people who in the process of trying to go unnoticed, is always noticed. This gets her involved with some very unlikely people. One is a self declared wizard who ends up causing more problems then she eliminates, much like Sela. Sela finds herself married, jailed, accused of murder, all the while managing to escape several times. Each time she ends up returning to where she escaped to begin with.

   We once again encounter Whitetail and Fordon Blackclaw. They have been scheming for years to regain what they lost. Is war inevitable? This is another    wonderful YA fantasy read where dragons truly live, wizards are normal, and magic is part of everyday life. Follow young Sela as she tries to discover what she is meant to be and hopefully find her destiny in the process. If you enjoy dragons and magic, you will surely love this book. Even if you are not a big follower of fantasy stories, I think you will enjoy this one. 
   I wish to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in any way except to receive the book to review.

I give Sela 5 out of 5 stars

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