Legacy of the Curse by Deborah Grace White – Book Review, Preview

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Legacy of the Curse by Deborah Grace White – Book Review, Preview

Legacy of the Curse

by Deborah Grace White

Published by Luminant Publications
Publication Date June 30, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Main Character Ages: 15-18, 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Middle School


Jocelyn has always been afraid of her voice—now it might be Kyona’s only hope
Princess Jocelyn spends her life in Kyona’s court, afraid of the unnatural power her voice releases. With unexplained tension building around the freed slaves who returned from the South Lands twenty years ago, her power has never had greater potential for destruction.
So when an invitation arrives from neighboring Valoria, Jocelyn readily accepts, despite having no interest in the suggested marriage alliance.
The last thing she expects is for her journey to be interrupted by a handsome stranger and a dragon from her father’s past. But while the quest to find Elddreki’s lost kin keeps Jocelyn in Valoria, a dangerous enemy works to destroy Kyona from within. And Jocelyn’s voice might be the only thing that can save her kingdom.
If you enjoy adventure, fantasy, mystery, and clean romance, discover the world of the Kyona Chronicles today. Legacy of the Curse is the fourth of six installments in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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I found  a big grin on my face while I was reading Legacy of the Curse. And not because it was all humorous, though parts of it were. It was just that kind of satisfying story that made me happy. And it is the type that had me reading slowly, enjoying the journey and not rushing to the end despite wanting to know what was going to happen next.

So what was it I loved? Aside from “everything”, here are some specifics that come to mind:

  • Elddreki’s discussion with Joss about death. His perception, as an immortal dragon, was very humorous, as were the questions he kept asking. My husband got to listen to at least a page of this because it was too fun to not share!
  • The hints about Jocelyn’s voice and the power that it had. The mystery of what it does, how it does it and the source unfolded slowly, perpetuating the conundrum. The rate at which the details were revealed was just right.
  • Elddreki’s shock at Jocelyn’s very practical question “You want me to swim across?”
  • Kincaid
  • Kincaid’s protectiveness and the many times and ways he rescued Joss
  • Kincaid’s reaction to learning the terrible secrets that Joss had been keeping
  • The amazing descriptions!

I could go on and on, covering most of the events of the story. 🙂

The truth Joss learned about herself as she went on the unexpected quest was surprising and the way it changed her life was simply perfect. I loved the way she was finally able to overcome her fears and accept her gift for what it was.

Do yourself a favor and get copies of the entire Kyona Chronicles (and sign up for Deborah Grace White’s newsletter so you can get the free story she shares with her subscribers). You’ll be glad you did!

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About Deborah Grace White

I’ve been a reader since I can remember, growing up on a wide range of books, from classic literature to light-hearted romps. The love of reading has traveled with me unchanged across multiple continents, and carried me from my own childhood all the way to having children of my own.

But if reading is like looking through a window into a magical and beautiful world, beginning to write my own stories was like discovering that I could open that window and climb right out into fantasyland.

I cannot believe how privileged I am to actually be living that childhood dream and publishing my own novels. I do so from my hometown of Adelaide, Australia, where I live with my husband and our two, soon to be three, little munchkins.

I’ve never outgrown my love of young adult stories, and my first series, The Kyona Chronicles, is a young adult fantasy series of four novels and two novellas.

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