The Carnelian Legacy (Carnelian #1) by Cheryl Koevoet

Author: Cheryl Koevoet
Publisher: Abbott Press
Publication Date: 21 February 2015
Source: ebook (given by Netgalley)


Marisa MacCallum always believed that the man of her dreams was out there somewhere. The problem is—he’s in another dimension.
After the death of her father, eighteen-year-old Marisa's life is on the verge of imploding. She seeks comfort on her daily ride through the woods of Gold Hill, but when a mysterious lightning storm strikes, she is hurled into the ancient, alternate dimension of Carnelia where she is discovered by the arrogant but attractive nobleman, Ambassador Darian Fiore.
Stranded in a world teeming with monsters, maniacs and medieval knights, Marisa is forced to join Darian on a dangerous mission to negotiate peace with his cousin and archenemy, Savino da Rocha. Along the way, she starts to see Darian's softer side and finds herself falling in love. But once she learns that he is locked into an arranged marriage, her heart shatters.
When Savino falls for her charms and demands her hand in exchange for peace, Marisa is faced with an impossible choice: marry the enemy of the man she loves or betray them both and become the catalyst for a bloody war.
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After her father's funeral, Marisa MacCallum goes for a horseback ride into the woods he really didn't like her to go. Suddenly an electrical storm happens and she falls from her horse, only to wake up on another dimension surrounded by two mysterious men who claim to be on a political task.
Marisa immediately feels allured by the handsome but cold man who doesn't trust her. He tells her he is Ambassador Darian Fiore and that she is in the realm of Carnelia.
Even if she didn't feel like she belonged back home, she doesn't quite fit in here also, but she's charmed by the beauty and magic of this new realm.
Darian and his friend are on the road to meet Savino da Rocha, an evil man who seeks to claim Darian's kingdom after his father's death and bringing Marisa with them may only make things worse, but some things have to be a certain way and they'll all have to defeat Savino and his ill intentions, while also figuring  out how they can trust each other.
This book surprised me times a million! I was afraid that the plot would be cheesy and repetitive with no original content, but my world was shaken. I cried, I loved and I laughed with the characters and it was utterly amazing.
Marisa is a model girl, she has struggled and her life is everything but easy, but still, she's able to be strong and help her family through it all. The way her personality clashes with Darian is very funny and I loved every single fight they had.
Development and "amazingness" may be the main words to describe this book, I'll have to state that this is one of the top books I have ever read and that I think all readers  would benefit from  reading it, since is very constructive and it mixes modern and not so modern elements in an interesting mix that is the key to this story's success!
Do try and pick up this book, you will certainly not be disappointed and you'll love every single page of it, even if it brings you pain since when a book is very good, pain is sometimes enjoyable!

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