Ruth Davis Hays is one of my favorite authors. Today is her birthday, so for a special celebration, I decided to share her wonderful fantasy books for you all. Pop over and buy a copy, to wish her a happy! Below are my reviews for her books.
The Dawnstone Tale – Translations from Jorthus: Book One
Ruth Davis Hays
The Dawnstone Tale – Translations from Jorthus: Book One is the first in in Ruth Davis Hays’ fantasy series. In a world where life is enhanced by magic, the magda rule select territories.
Lylith Antinon is the daughter of a magda, or magic user. A magda herself, she lives alone until a strong compulsion to venture into the unknown brings her out of her comfortable, though lonely, tower. Her innocence of the outside world makes her easy prey for one unscrupulous enough to take advantage.
Traveling alone isn’t safe, but on the road she meets the dark and mysterious fae lord, Dharromar. He swears to protect her, but does he have more insidious things in mind for the naïve human? His strange countenance and dark blade mark him as very different, even among the fae.
By chance, they encounter a young faerlin thief named Keinigan. On a mission of his own, he throws in his lot with Dharromar and Lylith because they all have the same objective in mind—find the Dawnstone.
The Dawnstone is a legendary gem held on the Isle of Daie. Taking it is foolhardy and futile, but the three companions plan a daring escapade to steal the magical gem.
Ruth Davis Hays has a beautifully descriptive narrative style. She truly creates pictures with her words, describing the characters and environment so that readers can easily see them in their imaginations.
The characters in The Dawnstone Tale, are beautifully crafted. Lylith is a pretty, delicate, young woman whose innocence marks her as a pure spirit. Is it any wonder that both fae men find themselves attracted to her? She has no desire other than to rescue the Dawnstone from its current owner.
Dharromar is a fae man of mixed blood whose lineage is greatly in question. Even he may not be sure what race his father is. His skill set also sets him apart, as does the dark blade at his side. Although he protects Lylith, he isn’t quite what he seems.
Keinigan is a thief. He doesn’t profess to be anything but that. While one cannot call him honest, he isn’t exactly dishonest either. His feelings for Lylith are genuine and his distrust of Dharromar is based on more than his desire to woo the redheaded magda.
The Dawnstone Tale – Translations from Jorthus: Book One is one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read. I found it even more compelling and well paced with a story that keeps the reader moving. When I got to the end of the story, I wanted to read the next book immediately to find out where the tale goes from here.
The Dawnstone Tale – Translations from Jorthus: Book One, is a marvelous, epic fantasy that leaves the reader begging for more. It starts out good and gets better as the story progresses. By the last ten pages, I was literally breathless. The ending is one of the greatest cliff hangers of any book I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves fantasy or who enjoys a well told tale.
To Find Dawnstone Tale
The Convergence – Translations from Jorthus: Book 2 by Ruth Davis Hays
Picking up about a year after The Dawnstone Tale ended, The Convergence follows the lives of Dharromar, Keinigan and Lylith once more. Though cast apart at the end of The Dawnstone Tale, the three former companions’ paths seem destined to cross once more.
Subdued by her betrayal by Dharromar, Lylith returns to her secluded home. There, she begins magic lessons with her father’s friend, Master Calbraum, a dwarf magda. She decides to present herself to the magda grand council for acceptance in their ranks.
As he travels home from Daie, Dharromar encounters beasts that even the Changeling learns to fear. Almost killed, he makes his way home to heal. Even as he’s occupied with added dangers, his mind dwells on Lylith and the relationship he’s lost.
Locked in the king’s dungeon on Daie, Keinigan discovers he has a new talent—he can see the future. Though this saves him from death, he’d far rather give the gift back. The young faerlin thief feels compelled to warn people of the things he sees, often making things worse. A free man once more, he is delighted when he finds Lylith again.
Though it answers many questions left dangling after Dawnstone Tale, The Convergence poses many more of its own. The novel is fast paced and well laid out, making it easy for the reader to follow the divergent character lives.
The Convergence introduces new friends—and complications—for the three former companions:
Rachel – a young woman transported from our world to the world of Jorthus.
Hamlin – a farmer warned by Keinigan, who then finds himself running from the law.
Trevalin – a bold warrior who catches Lylith’s eye.
Oramatsu – an elf unfortunate enough to cross Dharromar’s path not once, but twice.
Ruth Davis Hays has a real flair for descriptive passages. Her words set the scene beautifully, capturing the reader’s imagination. Her characters come alive, hopping off the page to guide the reader through the story. I found myself drawn back into the world of Jorthus and look forward to my next adventure there.
I highly recommend The Convergence to any reader who enjoys a well spun tale, especially those who love true fantasy at its best.
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The Excursion – Translations from Jorthus:Book 3 by Ruth Davis Hays
Book three of Ruth Davis Hays’ ‘Translations of Jorthus’ series is even more exciting than the first two – which I totally loved. Well, I fell in love with this one too.
Picking up where Book Two, The Convergence, left off, Hays follows her wonderful characters through this fast paced fantasy.
In the seeming safety of Calder, in the heart of a volcano caldera, Lilith and Keinigan once more find themselves facing great danger. This time, they have some new friends:
Trevalin – an honorable knight with an intricately crafted silver hand, fights by their side.
Rachel – a girl from Earth, has somehow traveled to Jorthus.
Hamlin – a simple peasant has found his way to Calder, running away from his home after committing a crime.
The only one missing from their number is Dharromar, Lilith’s former lover and mysterious, dark assassin.
As the planet Quorrelles draws near, life on Jorthus is threatened. Nightmare creatures of unknown origin have overrun much of the country, slaughtering all in their path. It is up to the companions to fight these creatures and find a way to open a portal to distant and dangerous Quorrelles in hope of finding a way to save Jorthus from disaster.
Hays has woven a wonderful tale rich with beautiful imagery, creating a fantasy tapestry for the reader. Her characters are wonderfully well rounded and endear themselves to the reader. One can even find sympathy for the dark and chaotic Dharromar. Although he’s the baddest of the bad boys, there’s something about him that makes us cheer his successes.
I must say, my favorite character is Keinigan, the faerlin thief. He’s come a long way from the wayward pickpocket of book one, The Dawnstone Tale. Though he’s grown a lot, he has more to go.
I highly recommend all three of Ruth Davis Hays’ books: The Dawnstone Tale, The Convergence and The Excursion. I can’t wait for the next book so I can once more travel in the world of Jorthus.
To Find The Excursion
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RUTH!