Review By Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
“The woman’s piercing gaze seemed to fill Misti’s vision as her crafting washed over Misti like cold water. She yelled as pain shuddered through her, eyes watering from shock. Try as she might, Misti couldn’t free herself from this woman’s grasp. Couldn’t lift her sword to save herself…”—Sunkissed Feathers and Severed Ties
Misti Eildelmann is on a transformational journey from a single-minded Moonknight warrior—a safekeeper of the innocent and defender of companion animals—toward a destination she never sees coming including her connection to an outlawed religion whose tenets demand the sacrifice of animals.
After being forced to wear a Blood pendant, placed on her by a banished and hunted criminal, she travels through wildly imaginative worlds with fantastical beasts, bizarre scenery and odd alien races as she searches for someone who can remove the cursed gem from around her neck. That is both the fascination and confusion of this debut book in the Broken Chronicle series. As with any book where world-building takes precedence, there are a lot of new concepts, “foreign” language and challenging beliefs that ultimately, in “Sunkissed Feathers and Severed Ties,” I found difficult to follow. The extraneous vocabulary could be a bit intrusive at times.
I did enjoy the relationship between Misti and her companion animal, Zora, a beautiful creature. They share a synergetic, empathic relationship. Misti and Zora love one another fiercely which is a good thing because during Misti’s journey from Moonknight warrior to her unexpected religious quest and a disquieting reunion with her estranged family, Misti needs Zora to be her touchstone.
Along the way, Misti is joined by various characters—dabblers, medicos, scribes, wanderers, and another Moonknight warrior whom Misti secretly loves. The plot had promise; by the time I got to the end the book, and read the introduction to the next book in the Broken Chronicle series, “Orenda’s Story,” I found myself drawn into it…perhaps “Sunkissed Feathers and Severed Ties,” it’s world building and foreign tone, was all the backstory needed for a more promising read.
Kellie Doherty has another series, the “Cicatrix Duology.” It includes the books “Finding Hectate,” and “Losing Hold.” The previews provided were certainly appealing, especially if you want to learn more about Doherty’s writing and vision.
“A three-star review for a debut series about love, duty and belief on a distant world where darkness and light are more than polar opposites, and the connection between a warrior and her companion animal might be the more important theme.”