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This book can stand alone or be read as the second book to --The Dragon and the Rose


Twenty-one years since the Dragon King defeated the Dark Priest Narokah and condemned him to the Fiery Abyss.

The legendary Sword of Niraz has been stolen!

The elf, Vellandril Ballindoch, sets forth on a quest to find the sword.  Along the way he must confront his painful past including the woman he betrayed, but still loves, and the son he never knew existed.


Her duty to the king!


After forsaking her past and gaining the title of First Knight to the Dragon King, Johden de Danann is forced to undertake the quest with a man she swore never to forgive, but never stopped loving.

Treachery, betrayal, adventure and action, a magickal world of elves and romance combine to bring forth the exciting conclusion to a tale that began with The Dragon and the Rose and finishes with happily ever after—for some.


Excerpt


Clouds fashioned a misty veil around the branches of the Machoann trees, embracing the Elven village of Tarlis-Leah. A lone figure, hooded and robed in gray, to blend with moonlight and shadow, stole across the darkened bedchamber.

Guided by a stunted candle, flickering fitfully on a small bedside table, the thief knelt at the end of the bed, pulled a golden key from her pocket, and fitted it to a lock attached to a carved wooden chest.

The lock clicked ominously into the silence.

The thief tensed and a bead of perspiration trickled down her back.

The occupant of the bed slept on. The sleeping draught she had administered earlier had achieved its desired result.

She lifted the trunk’s heavy lid and again the silence broke.

The thief stilled.

Vellandril Ballindoch groaned, rolled over and mumbled several words, then settled. A sigh slipped between the thief’s lips, and she stroked the handle of the small poniard at her waist. She would not be thwarted in this plan. Revenge was such a sweet word. She could taste it on her lips.

Wrapped in a soft red cloth, buried deep among Vellandril’s clothes, she found that which she sought. Her hands trembled as she claimed her prize. The Sword of Niraz felt light, not at all what she expected from such a large weapon.

Now the elf would pay for all the suffering and lost summers, all the pain and humiliation. Gently, she closed the trunk and crept toward the window where an Elven rope, soft, thin and durable, dangled from a nearby branch. Rewrapping the sword deftly in a dark cloth, she strapped it to her back, stepped into a loop formed in the fine but tough Elven rope, and descended into the darkness of the forest.




NEW EDITED VERSION TO BE RELEASED 2016

Title: Elven Magick

Author: Julie A. D’Arcy

Published in 2012 by 

Secret Cravings Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Related Books: The Dragon and the Rose

Reviewed by Romance at Heart Magazine

Reviewer: Linda 



Elven Magick is a very impressive read. Once again this reader was captivated by the scenery and the characters that detailed this lovely fantasy. I could almost feel the sensation flowing through Vellandril when he hears that Johden was not married. And the meeting of the two after all the passing years was so real, so genuine, it just smoldered in the pages. I loved the character of Johden, strong, feisty and determined to stand on her own, yet a softer side to her whenever she is around Vellandril that just oozes through her pores. Not to mention Vellandril when he is near Johden, the chemistry between the two is remarkably written and the dialogue, magnificent. Gabriene and Morganna had their own fiery heat that sprinkled in the storyline. All the characters were so remarkable that it is hard expressing them in one word, but this reader could feel their emotions strongly.


Julie D'Arcy crafts another brilliant tale that engages immediately from the first page. With her in-depth characters, wonderful intrigue, and detailed description of a breathtaking area, this is one story that should not be missed. If you haven't read the first of the series, The Dragon and the Rose, it would be best to read it first, then spring right into Elven Magick. Just get a comfortable chair, sit back and get ready for a fascinating venture that will not be forgotten. She blends in excellent conversation, and a storyline that keeps the story moving along, creating a tale that practically comes to life with every flip of the page. From the lovely castles, the intense fighting and the damsels often in need of help, she pens a charming book that is a timeless piece of art. I like the way she makes her heroine's strong, yet tender, and her hero's ready to do anything for the one woman they love.


 This is one explosive read that shouldn't be missed. Why not pick your copy of Elven Magick up today. An exciting fun-filled adventure waits in this dynamite read! I love her work! And the covers are spectacular.

Sincerely good reading,


Linda




"Elven Magick" first published as "The Sword of Niraz"

5 out of 5 Angel Review


In Julie A. D’Arcy’s, Elven Magick, Vellandril confronts a bitter Johden and stumbles upon their son for the first time.

Vellandril Ballindoch left his heart with Johden twenty two summers ago when he returned to his people to marry his betrothed. Unexpectedly, he and Johden are reunited because the Sword of Niraz has been stolen. He hopes to win back the heart he left shattered. Is it too late? Julie A. D’Arcy's knack for rendering the sorrow and grief experienced when love is sacrificed to duty is a rare and beautiful gift.

Johden has a secret that she refuses to share with Vellandril because he abandoned her. However, her secret refuses to stay behind and arrives at their camp a few days later. Johden’s resentment over Vellandril’s rejection results in her deception to their son, now she must accept the consequences when Gabriene discovers his dad is alive. Elven Magick is a tale of redemption, discovery, and letting go.

Determined not to be treated like a child, Gabriene follows his mother and ends up facing his father across a campfire. Confused and angry, he demands they let him help recover the Sword of Niraz. In the process, Gabriene is captured while a hidden enemy waits to destroy everyone Vellandril loves.


Vellandril, Johden, and Gabriene gripped my heart and mind. I cried and rejoiced with them.

Julie A. D’Arcy weaves a saga of undying love, betrayal, forgiveness, and healing. Johden must choose between her acrimony and her love for Vellandril. Previously Vellandril sacrificed Johden for his people, he will not repeat it. Elven Magick hauntingly and evocatively renders the hostility and anguish caused by the elves refusal to accept the love between a human and an elf.

Reviewed by: Dena


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The Romance Studio

Overall rating: 5 HEARTS
Sensuality rating: Mildly Sensual

Reviewer: Linda L


Twenty-one years ago, Vellandril Ballindoch betrayed the woman he loved when he returned to his people. All he could hope was that Johden understood. She didn’t. Now he must enter that castle again and face her. Johden, the First Knight to the King, has never forgotten how Vellandril confessed his undying love then left her. She wants nothing to do with the elf prince, now turned King of Tarlis-Leah. Her life is complete with her son, the son that Vellandril knows nothing about and if she has her way, never will. Vellandril needs a good knight to accompany in locating the Sword of Niraz, after someone drugged him and stole it. When he enters the castle, he is surprised to learn that Johden has never married and has risen into a higher position as a Knight. Granted, she is the best one to accompany him on this quest, but their feelings seem to get in the way, even though they try to fight them tooth and nail. When he learns the secret of his son, will they even have a future, if they are able to locate the sword before it falls into the wrong hands?

Elven Magick takes place twenty-one years after the Dragon and the Rose and is one explosive drama. Not only are the characters of Vellandril and Johden full of zest and passion, there are many secondary characters that lend great creativity to this masterpiece. The fantasy worlds leap through the pages making this one well-crafted tale with imagery that is superb. From the castles, to the elves, the magic with the sword and everything involving the storyline, Ms. D’Arcy incorporates an experience that a reader doesn’t soon forget. She ties up many family matters in this second book that enthralls from the first page. Her style of writing doesn’t disappoint as she allows the reader to feel the sensations that the characters express. This book is an absolute winner!


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