My 5* Review for Serpent of The Shangrove by CN. Lesely

515YQNcwL-L__SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Cn Lesely, better known to me as Elizabeth Hull is a friend. We have never met. I don’t know what her voice sounds like or what her favourite hobbies are. But what I do know, however, is that I love her writing and her books. For this reason I feel quite entitled to review her latest offering Secret of The Shangrove. It’s the sequel to the critically acclaimed Darkspires Reaches, which I absolutely loved. Here’s a little bit about both of these fantastic fantasy epics.

Darkspires Reaches

The wyvern has hunted for the young outcast all her life; a day will come when, after being rejected by civilisation and the tribes, she must at last face him.
Abandoned as a sacrifice to the wyvern, a young girl is raised to fear the beast her adoptive clan believes meant to kill her. When the Emperor outlaws all magic, Raven is forced to flee from her home with her foster mother, for both are judged as witches. Now an outcast, she lives at the mercy of others, forever pursued by the wyvern. Soon her life will change forever.
A unique and unsettling romantic adventure about rejection and belonging

Secret of The Shangrove

Copper is now a fully grown Drakken, but despite his magical abilities, he is shunned and shamed by his pure-blood kin.
Wandering despondent in the wilderness, Copper discovers a portal that reminds him of his lost crèche mate, left behind when the Drakkens fled their ancestral home. Knowing the portal will only remain open for three short days, Copper cannot resist the challenge to bring the lost maiden to safety, and prove himself worthy of his breed.

But the other world is not what he and his kin expected. The peoples are hostile, the Angressi emperor has not forgotten his grudge, and something is killing Samara Maidens.

In this eagerly anticipated sequel to her bestseller, Darkspire Reaches, CN Lesley transports us back into the world of Drakkens, of Connor and Raven, and of their son.

Deep in the Shangrove—a dark place that feeds on creatures of magic—a new evil is growing, waiting for the perfect mate.

My Review

Conner and Raven’s son, Copper, takes centre stage in this, the sequel to Darkspires Reaches. I was so looking forward to this episode yet I find myself unwilling to give away any spoilers…the book is far too good to share its secrets with other readers.

The characters, as always, were engrossing, and this book was like visiting old friends, whom I had missed. To jump into the future was a clever move by the author, as she gave me a completely new and fresh look at a story, which I have randomly thought about since I read it over a year ago.

There are some fantastic twists and quite shocking developments in this new book. It is emotional, exciting, and highly addictive. When I reached the end I was thrilled to see that maybe, just maybe, there will be another book. The characters are still compelling and to be honest, I have not yet had enough of this beautifully written and highly polished story.

Who is C.N. Lesely

Elizabeth Hull, writing under the by line of C.N.Lesley, lives in Alberta with her husband and cats. Her three daughters live close by. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth likes to read and to paint watercolors. She is also a keen gardener, despite the very short summers and now has a mature shade garden. Once a worker in the communications sector, mostly concentrating on local news and events, she now writes full time.

Elizabeth can be found at her website.  and on all retail online sites



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