Recurve by Shannon Mayer
Recurve – “What a fantastic start to a new fantasy series! I love a strong female lead and we were delivered that in spades with Larkspur . . . This story is fast paced and exciting right from the start. I can’t wait to see what comes next!” -Boundless Book Reviews
From HiJinks Ink Publishing and Shannon Mayer comes The USA Today Bestselling ELEMENTAL SERIES beginning with RECURVE (Book 1). With over 1 million books sold, Shannon Mayer proves once again she can dominate her genre right out of the gate.
“My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.”
My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father’s side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn’t going to happen.
I’ve been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King’s Elite Guards, an Ender.
Option one will kill me.
Option two is meant to break me, but is the only way to survive.
Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?
Could things get any worse? Of course they can. Welcome to being an Elemental.
“I think Larkspur aka Lark is the new heroine to watch out for . . .” Coffee Book Mom Reviews
“I love Shannon’s Rylee Adamson series . . . and I was wonderfully surprised the I loved “Recurve” more!” Denise Grover Swank USAT NYT Bestselling Author of the “Chosen Series”
“I could not put it down and greedily consumed it in one sitting!” Books In Veins
Review By C Thilmany TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Larkspur, the bastard daughter of the king, is a powerful elemental, but as a child witnesses the death of her mother and little brother at the hands of the queen. Her powers are purposely blocked and she’s made to forget the incident. Looked down upon by all as being useless as she gets older, her last chance to keep from being banished is to become an Ender; a guard that prevents clueless humans from encroaching on their forest. Now she just has to survive the training and learn how to break the block on her elemental abilities; one most people would deny exists.
Those who have read the Rylee Adamson prequel, Elementally Priceless, will realize that we’ve already met Larkspur in that novella which takes many years after this story does. Knowing the situation Lark is in within Rylee’s timeframe, I found it interesting to read about her beginnings and the difficulties she’s faced that put her on the road to where many of us first met her. And I know that had some influence on how well I enjoyed this story.
Lark’s road is pretty rough but she’s also very determined to do what’s needed to be done. There are lots of surprises when it comes to the characters; one of whom is apparently the ancestor of a main character in the Rylee series.
The action is pretty detailed and the threats faced are varied and interesting. But things move along rather rapidly and if I hadn’t known Lark from a prior story, I’m not sure I’d have felt I’d gotten to know her as well from just reading this one. This story needs some better character development.
About the Author
Shannon Mayer is the author of numerous series, including the Nevermore series, the Celtic Legacy series, and the Risk series. Inspired by Anne Rice, she created her own unique take on urban fantasy. Shannon lives in Canada.