Review by Madison Davis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
I had the honor to read and review ‘Diomere’s Exile,’ the first book of The Gate Keeper Chronicles and met Nadja de Quinones. Diomere’s Healer makes Arriana Quinones, Nadja’s sister, the main protagonist. Arriana is a healer of her species. But besides healing, she has many more hidden talents.
When Arriana, called “Arri,” saves Treves life and they both start an adventurous mission to save his people from their curse. But Arri already has a mission: she needs to find an antidote for the poison that slowly kills her nephew.
In the beginning, Diomere’s Healer is as confusing to read as Diomere’s Exile was. Compared to many series which let the reader meet well-known characters, the Game Keeper Chronicles introduces us to new parts of that wonderful fantasy world and to more secrets and species. To me, it was a bit bewildering to train my brain to sort out the different species, connections, and relations between the family members. I’m sure other readers’ brains are much better organized than mine and won’t need that long.
Arri is my favorite character. I like her multilayered personality and her secrets, once I discovered them. Also, she is surrounded by numerous mysterious essences which, once unveiled, make her even more fascinating.
Treves is a character which seems to be a bit ‘flat’ for my taste, and I’m by far not as intrigued by him than I was by Georg, Nadja’s partner. Occasionally his opacity irked me a bit. But this is only my opinion, and I’m convinced another reader would vehemently complain about my view of him.
The adventures of Arriana are as complex and thrilling as the ones of her sister Nadja in the first book of the series. The excitement is building up from chapter to chapter, whenever one secret seems to be solved, the next one shows up.
The entire book had me hooked from the beginning, just as the first one. The characters the reader meets through the book seem to be a few too many, but once the last page is read, I still was convinced each of the characters had its own part to play within the story.
I would definitely recommend reading Diomere’s Healer. It is a great book, which covers the need for fantasy as well as romance.
I would have thought it possible but the second book in the Gate Keeper Chronicles is as exciting and convincing as the first one. I was fascinated by Arriana, and her story and I’m looking forward to what the Gate Keeper Chronicles hold in book #3.