The Carnelian Legacy eBook ☆ The Carnelian ePUB


  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Carnelian Legacy (Carnelian, #1)
  • Cheryl Koevoet
  • English
  • 28 May 2018
  • 9781449780890

10 thoughts on “The Carnelian Legacy (Carnelian, #1)

  1. Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ says:

    I desperately wanted this book to hook me, but I kept facing too many issues that prevented me from enjoying The Carnelian Legacy. Which is regrettable because it was such an interesting take on living in a world with multiple dimensions. I enjoyed the description of the world that Marisa MacCallum found herself in, and I truly adored Darian and Arrie who she first met upon arriving in Carnelian. But I started to struggle when little mistakes in the story appeared. While that's something I can forgive and move on from, the heroine then became someone who I struggled liking. Throw in the fact that a strong Christian theme became prevalent, which was not stated in the synopsis on Amazon or Goodreads, and I started to realize that this book wasn't for me. At all.

    Marisa is someone who I did enjoy in the beginning of the book. She has just lost her father, and while needing some breathing space from her uncle and brother she takes her horse for a ride and ends up in another dimension. Upon her arrival in a modern yet medieval dimension, she meets the friendly Arrie and the brooding, sexy Darian. They sweep her under their wings and take her on a journey across their land. The description of the places they visited and the perilous situations they found themselves in had me quickly flying through the pages.

    But as the story progressed, Marisa became someone I struggled tolerating. We were told that in the past she was a leader, but I never once saw a glimpse of that version of her. Instead she became whiny, needy and was hot and cold more times than I could count. And while I tried my hardest to be forgiving since she did just lose her father, is in another dimension and is scared, she did something that I loathe. She became fickle and toyed with others feelings, and I can't be ok with that. Skip this next part if you don't want to be spoiled - (view spoiler)[She has finally admitted to Arrie that she is falling for Darian. YAY! But then a few hours later she is kissing his cousin and archenemy Savino! And Darian witnesses it. Then the next day she is referring to Darian as the man she loves. (hide spoiler)]


  2. Jana Lynn Jana Lynn says:

    This was such a yummy book in so many ways. I love stories that I can visualize as I read, and this was a book that you definitely could become one with. The author is incredibly talented, and this becomes apparent right from the beginning. Her descriptions are detailed, thorough and vivid. And not just of the characters, but the surroundings, events, and history as well. This story is very captivating and leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to read the next one!


  3. Angel Angel says:

    I'm not into fairytales, modern or otherwise but, this story was a pleasing read. The buildup of the suspense was gradually plotted out and mix of the alternate worlds added a finesse of historical fiction. The characters were complex and interesting at their core. I'm not exactly into love triangles either, (because their trite) or romance in general, although as long as it's not the central focus of the book I can digest the read. The way Koevoet crafts the connections between Marisa, Darian and his cousin and archenemy Savino I found fascinatingly acceptable. A very enjoyable read!


  4. Tonja Drecker Tonja Drecker says:

    Although I didn't expect it, this book swept me away. Adventure, romance, royalty, dangerous beasts, swords, shifting dimensions, heroines, nasty evil guys, conspiracy, secrets... oh, and a hero we all dream of! Yes, this story had it all.


    The story has the traditional flare of kings and kingdoms, horses and honor, while incorporating a modern day heroine. Marisa, the main character, wants to find a few minutes of peace after her father's funeral, but instead finds herself pulled into another dimension. Immediately, she lands into her first 'problem' - a man that helps her, and one that seems to wish she'd disappear. Marisa works her way into the situation beautifully - a little careful, a little scared and confused, but not about to be ignored. Her reactions are totally understandable and believable. I was cheering for her right away.


    Of course, she also lands in her first big adventure. Luckily, she can already ride a horse, but she's not prepared for the beasts or other evil men who want to stop her new friends. She's a lady in distress and that gorgeous man has to rescue her. I like that :) But it doesn't mean she's weak. Oh no! Just because she wasn't a born ultra-warrior, doesn't make her unimportant or defenseless.


    If you enjoy stories of princesses and awe inspiring heroes, kingdoms and conspiracy, beautiful gowns and underhanded plans... with the magic of inter-dimensional travel and a nice touch of modern day attitude... I recommend reading this. It took me on an enjoyable trip, one I can't wait to continue.


  5. Athena Athena says:

    Amazing Book! I was blown away with the first few chapters! I noticed right away that Cheryl's writing style is different than what you see every day. I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out who to compare her to, but there is really no comparison! She is incredibly gifted and writes in such a descriptive way, it makes everything come alive in vivid detail. Now I know, this is a fantasy book, but I was so drawn in and involved that the whole book became completely real and believable.

    The Carnelian Legacy is a modern day fairy tale, with a surprising twist! It will keep you reading long into the night (way after you should be in bed!) and you won't want to put it down. I can't wait to share it with my teenage daughters. (Can I say - major bonus that it is something I can let my teenagers read without worrying what they will encounter.)

    I can honestly say it is the best book I have read and is my new favorite. I fell in love with Carnelia and her people and I cannot wait to read book two!

    The fine print:
    I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review.


  6. N.N. Light N.N. Light says:

    I was lost the whole time reading.

    My Rating: 2 stars (the quality of writing increased my rating to two stars)


  7. Bettine Bettine says:

    This is one of the most amazing stories I've read in a long while. Marisa is such a strong character and to live in her world, be torn from her world and overcome so many obstacles en bloom into the person she always has been. It is incredible!


  8. Wendy Wendy says:

    The Carnelian Legacy is a blend of romance, adventure and mystery with a dash of science fiction that begins when Marisa MacCallum, devastated by the death of her father disappears in a swirling vortex from the woods near her home in Jacksonville Oregon. In another dimension she's found passed out by the handsome Ambassador Darian Fiore and his friend Lord Arrigo (Arrie) Macario who are on a dangerous mission to Abbadon to secure a peace treaty with his cousin Savino da Rocha, a man who covets the Carnelian throne.

    Cheryl Koevoet sets the adventure in a land ruled by a monarch and a Crimson Court of ten knights dedicated to honour, courage and justice. The country which has been overseen by an interim leader after a storm at sea swept away the ruling family is beset by political intrigue as he lies dying and his son, Savino plots to usurp the throne. At first the dialogue is a bit stilted which hampers the flow of the story, but this soon disappears as the plot heats up with Marisa's introduction to Darian's cousin and archenemy, a powerful Viscount who refuses to sign the peace treaty and threatens war if he's not crowned King, and Marisa doesn't accept his proposal of marriage. When Savino enchanted by Marisa's charm and inability to speak decides to propose further conflict erupts between the cousins, escalating the tension and suspense.

    As events unfold that includes an attack by rijgen, a yarmout and a confrontation with ten foot knights, the action and pace of the story quickens. Yet even with attacks against their lives, a deadly political enemy and the country's unrest, it's the romance that stirs the heart as Marisa struggles not only to fall more deeply in love with the handsome man she's forbidden but to make a decision whether or not to marry his enemy and avert a war. The plot twists and turns with secrets, miscommunication and eavesdropping that make it fascinating as an engagement that determines succession to the throne could destroy the love that has begun to blossom between Darian and Marisa. The plot is innovative and imaginative weaving into a tale of inter-dimensional travel, adventure and political conflict the elements of friendship, love and faith.

    Most of the characters I found well-developed, complex and unforgettable like Ambassador Darian Fiore, a man of noble birth, rank and title who's on a vital peace mission when he stumbles across Marisa. Endowed with an adventurous and brave spirit, he's also reliable, honest but very duty-bound, self-controlled and suspicious of people. In contrast his friend Arrie Macario is lighthearted, humorous and amiable. He senses a kinship with the young woman from Earth, taking her under his wing and countering Darian's sternness and rudeness towards her. Seventeen year old Marisa MacCallum was the only personality I had trouble warming up to. Even though she's lost her father and far from home her conversations with Darian and Arrie tend to swing erratically from petulant to emotional, and childish most of the time. I found the use of her slang phrases distracting and immature although I suspect the author was using them as a device to show Marisa's youth and a difference in cultures. Only as the story draws closer to a surprising but satisfying climax, does Marisa begin to show spirit, determination and self-confidence. All the characters including Viscount Savino da Rocha who hides his unsavory traits behind a kind, jovial personality add to the drama and passion of a novel I couldn't put down.

    When I saw the cover and description of Carnelian Legacy on Goodreads/First Reads I wanted to read it and was not disappointed. I'm sure with time and more novels all the kinks will be ironed out and this trilogy will be even more captivating.


  9. Nicole Nicole says:

    I received this book from the author and YA & NA Romance in exchange for a honest review.

    Lately, I have been finding some real gems in the Fantasy Romance genre. I really liked this book. It was filled with interesting characters, a great plot, and unique world-building. I would say it is a clean romance, but this was not a negative to me. The hero and the heroine through actions and words display a great longing for each other.

    Story: The first scene sees our heroine Marisa attending her father's funeral. After the funeral, she goes home with her Uncle Al and her brother Mark. Feeling sad and in need of some peace, she decides to go for a ride on her horse. Her uncle warns her to stay clear of the woods above Gold Hill. For years, there have been stories of people and animals disappearing up there. Against her uncles urgings, she takes her horse riding in the woods. Everything is fine at first, but then suddenly there are strikes of lighting and she is sucked into a funnel. In reality, the funnel is a vortex that transports her to another parallel world - Carnelia.

    When she awakens, two men in strange garb are staring at her. At first, she thinks they are with a festival that comes to town every year. She quickly realizes that is not the case. They introduce themselves as Lord Arrigo Macario (his friend's call him Arrie) and Ambassador Darian Fiore. For her safety, they agree to take her with them. They inform her they are on a diplomatic mission to Abbadon to try to preserve the peace of the kingdom. Darian is suspicious of her because he thinks she could be a spy sent by his cousin Savino. Savino is trying to take the throne from Darian the rightful heir.

    Along the way to Abbadon, they are attacked by Rijgen (hideous creatures who reside in the forest). Marisa finds a friend in Arrie, but is puzzled by Darian's attitude toward her. He sometimes shows her friendliness and Marisa finds herself falling for him.

    When they reach Abbadon, Marisa realizes things will never be the same for her. She has been thrust into a world of political intrigue, hideous creatures, relationship drama, and family secrets. How she navigates this will determine her future and change her fate.

    Favorite Scene: I loved the part where Darian discovers the wounded heart flower by the lake and tells Marisa the significance of finding it.

    Overall, a great start to a fantasy romance series. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.




  10. Carrie (The Butterfly Reader) Carrie (The Butterfly Reader) says:

    Marisa has felt like an outsider for all her life, a feeling that gets worse when her father dies. She takes her horse for a ride on the day of his funeral and is transported to other realm. Where she just happens to be spotted by two men who speak.... popcorn logic. She follows them through their mission and naturally, stuff happens. They get attacked by some animals and she runs away... RUNS AWAY. She's a very weak character to me. I found myself wanting to smack her. She ends up falling in love with a man named Darian. A prince. But she got an offer of marriage from his cousin.


    Marisa goes back and forth between wanting to be with Drarian and deciding to let him go. She even almost kills herself at one point but hears God's voice and doesn't. She now feels loved and safe. I dislike Marisa because she is seriously so freaking weak! Bella from Twilight was a stronger character than her. Anyway, she ends up being the lost princess and gets the guy. After a huge reveal and silly needlessness.

    I also wish NetGalley had said this was Christian ... I wouldn't have touched this thing because the whole voice in the head bit really made me want to put the book down and just stop. I don't like reading Christian fiction. I have nothing against it, just not my cup of tea, at all. Though on a more positive side, I really love this author's writing. It seemed almost lyrical at some points. Beautiful!


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The Carnelian Legacy (Carnelian, #1) Marisa MacCallum always believed that the man of her dreams was out there somewhere The problem is—he’s in another dimensionAfter the death of her father, eighteenyearold Marisa's life is on the verge of imploding She seeks comfort on her daily ride through the woods of Gold Hill, but when a mysterious lightning storm strikes, she is hurled into the ancient, alternate dimension of Carnelia where she is discovered by the arrogant but attractive nobleman, Ambassador Darian Fiore Stranded in a world teeming with monsters, maniacs and medieval knights, Marisa is forced to join Darian on a dangerous mission to negotiate peace with his cousin and archenemy, Savino da Rocha Along the way, she starts to see Darian's softer side and finds herself falling in love But once she learns that he is locked into an arranged marriage, her heart shattersWhen Savino falls for her charms and demands her hand in exchange for peace, Marisa is faced with an impossible choice: marry the enemy of the man she loves or betray them both and become the catalyst for a bloody war