Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When an Archmage needs a guard to see him through the enchanted Alahanai Forest, dwarf Einith Redstone jumps on the opportunity. The amount of coin offered for the contract is enormous, and he wants to help a fellow dwarf find his Heartstone. And then Einith is stunned when the enticing elf Tae’liamath joins them as their guide.
Their journey through Alahanai is more dangerous than expected, physically and personally. Between the search for a missing knight out of legend and a bond unexpectedly formed, Einith and Tae find themselves growing close, and their emotions are sent reeling. With a Heartstone at stake, magickal encounters, and falling for each other, Einith and Tae have much to overcome before their journey ends.
Knight Errant (Legends of Osaire Book 2) by T.A. Creech reads like a much longer story. In that I mean, the author, T.A. Creech has managed to make 107 pages feel like double that in a marvelous way. Creech (a new author for me) managed some lovely universe building, great characters that made me committed to the tale and their relationships (I laughed, cringed, and white-knuckled in all the right places). Not only that but did it in a way that I felt I didn’t lose much by coming in at the second story.
Yes, once again I dropped into a series at book two. Honestly I had no idea because when you are looking at the title there was no indication there was a previous story or even a series. However, I enjoyed this so much that I intend to go back and pick that one up asap. Unfortunately I already know how it ends (those characters appear here), and my favorite ones from this story, the dwarf and the elf will probably be nowhere at all. Sigh. How I came to love them both!
Yes, I think this will turn out to be one of those series that needs to be read in sequence as when the characters from the first story popped up here I really had no idea who they were or their importance in this universe (huge). What I enjoyed was the author’s myth building, ability to create an atmosphere (in one case dark, full of black magic) and make me feel it creep from the page as well as play with the characters emotions.
The romance between dwarf Einith and elf Tae is slow, and a wonderful thing to behold. I loved Einith and his recognition that his Heartstone might be at hand was a joy to read. I really could have used a second book with these two and I hope this is not the last of them that we see in this series. There’s another couple here too that you will need just as much of. The four of them are just plain addictive narratively speaking. More, T.A. Creech, I definitely need more!
So back to book one I go. If you are as unfamiliar with this series as I was, you will want to go there to. There head here for a wonderful fantasy adventure.
Cover art is dramatic and perfect for the story.