Book Review: The Lost Dacomé Files #1 - The Battle for Arcanon Major by Alexandra May

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Lost Dacomé Files #1 - The Battle for Arcanon Major by Alexandra May
(Started: August 24, 2015; Finished: September 17, 2015)

Summary/Description:
“What if the only love you ever wanted was with the only man you couldn’t have?" 

With only a small army at her command Halíka Dacomé, a skilled warrior and daughter of the Elemental King, is ready to lead one final battle to save her planet. A battle against the savage, bloodthirsty Primords who want to extinguish the diminished race of Elementals once and for all. 

But before battle commences her father is given an ultimatum from the enemy leader, Arfron Uhnok. If the king agrees, Halíka Dacomé must marry Arfron Uhnok to prevent further bloodshed. If the king disagrees they, as a race, will all perish. 

Horrified by her fathers decision Halíka Dacomé leads her army onward regardless of the consequences. Because her heart belongs to another. A love that blossomed many years ago. A love that her father has forbidden. 

Halíka faces her toughest battle yet and learns that not all battles are those fought with a sword... 

The Battle for Arcanon Major is an epic love story set against the backdrop of war and is the first Prequel to Elemental: The First. (From Goodreads)

Review: 3 stars
Publication Date: January 07, 2013
Source: Pauma Publising via Netgalley
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari

For starters, I actually didn't know that it was a prequel. That was a fault on my part for not reading the description thoroughly which only means one thing, I do not know anything about the Elementals. There is a danger for reading prequels before the main novel. You could get lost trying to follow the plot, you could feel the story is flat, or you could keep up because it's an entirely different thing. As for me, I just dived into the story.

You can easily adapt and digest the story as you go through the book. There was a prelude to give you a brief introduction. I like how the heroine was very strong and independent. The story was fast-paced not leaving any dull moments which were also the reason why it still held my attention. Mind you, I had a hard time finishing it due to lack of time and because of work but I was able to pick up where I left off most of the time.

I really did appreciate the story. But I have a few sentiments about it. First, I just wish there were more explanation. The characters were not introduced properly and events kept on happening without elaborating facts that the reader need in order to fully grasp it. There was room for imagination so it should have been maximized. I feel like I was not able to connect to the characters and to the realm.

Second was it lacks build-up of the events which was very important since it could help strengthen the development of each character and it could show the proper sequence as to why such events are happening. Therefore, the thrill of reading such an exciting new story was not present.

Third was the "heart". It felt bland and I feel like the story was in monotone. If there were heightened climax and build-ups, maybe, just maybe, I could be hooked in an obsessive way.

In conclusion, the book is fine but needs more improvement. I did enjoy the different world perspective, but it's not enough for me to recommend it to my friends. Like cooking, it needs more ingredients for it to taste good and make me forget my name. I hope the next book will be better.

Happy reading everyone!

Love lots, xx

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