Reviewed by Ashley Merrill for Front Street Reviews
Elfs in a Conquered Realm: The Silent Warrior Trilogy, Book 3
Anna del C. Dye
Wrapping up the elf trilogy, Anna del C. Dye has created yet another magical story for young and old alike. You are not left with any cliffhangers at the end but instead are left with a sense of peace and tranquility.
Adren and Dellin continue their lives in Lothia, the elf city. Adren gives birth to their son and their little family begins. A few times throughout the story trouble ensues and Adren finds herself needing to call upon the Silent Warrior and 'his' students to help save the day. The greed of men for shiny treasures that the elfs are using to help save a once lost kingdom causes the men to do foolish things which end up costing them much.
Love is in the air in this third book as well. Many elfs find their life companions. One couple in particular goes through years of hurt and confusion before they decide if they are right for each other. This situation is unusual for the elfs who are used to knowing who they want to be with upon first glance or touch. Instead, for both Franelee and Siamuel it is a constant flow of emotional turmoil. They appear to always be on the wrong page when it comes to matters of the heart. You don't find out until the very end if the two are able to reconcile.
Anna del C. Dye once again offers some very good life lessons in her trilogy ending story. To name a few, she teaches her readers the importance of respecting not only yourself, but your family and significant other. She also teaches that greed never ends well and that all of the riches in the world will not make you as happy as your loved ones will. The elfs in her stories are perfect examples of what we as humans should strive to be.
Anna del C. Dye's writing is fluid and flawless and it should come as no surprise that one will find this story as fulfilling as the first two in the trilogy. Her talent for writing fantasy will leave her name forever entrenched in our memories as we hope to read more of her stories long into the future.
I would recommend this trilogy to young and old alike. Anna del C. Dye's immense talent allows her fans to be of any age and able to completely understand her magnificent stories. In a world so full of bad influences from the TV and the media, parents especially will view this book as a breath of fresh air and gladly encourage their children to read it in the hopes of instilling in them some positive values and life lessons.