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Indie Book Review – The Queen’s Opal – By Jacque Stevens

Indie fantasy book review

Drynn and Tavin are elven princes at a time in history when elves never left the forest, and hardly ever interacted with the other peoples of the land. But when their mother dies of an unknown disease, the two of them venture out into the human lands to try and find healers. 

Unfortunately, they get separated, and Tavin, the warrior of the two, finds he has to become studious as he apprentices to a kindly human healer. Drynn, a gentler and more intellectual soul, is not so lucky, and is captured by a band of human thieves. He is beaten and chained as they try to take him to where he can be sold to an enclave of wizards. 

Drynn has an artifact, an opal gem, that his mother gave him. It gives him visions that show him the history of the first elven Stone Bearer, his ancestor.

The Queen’s Opal is a beautiful character-driven fantasy story set in a wonderfully developed world. The constant clash of cultures between the isolated elves and the busy and often harsh and greedy humans adds to the drama, as Drynn and Tavin make one mistaken assumption after another.

It’s also great to see a story about brotherly love, and real friendship without the complications that ‘shipping and romance can bring.

It’s all tied up nicely in an ending that resolves the character growth, but also sets you up for the next step in the quest.

Jacque Stevens has handled the world building, the storytelling, and the wordcrafting all with skill. 

2 thoughts on “Indie Book Review – The Queen’s Opal – By Jacque Stevens

  1. First of all I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if
    you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts
    prior to writing. I’ve had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out.
    I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are
    usually wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any suggestions or hints? Kudos!

    1. I feel your pain! I usually spend a lot of time staring at the screen. But I’m not so much trying to “clear my thoughts” as “render my thoughts”. I’m usually thinking about how to start a scene. I know what’s going to happen, but I don’t always know how to set it up, or where it will be set in place, or what’s in the character’s mind… Sometimes I just push myself to start writing, and if it doesn’t work, I start again.

      Tell me some about the LDS Art Wiki… This looks cool.

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