The Diamond Peak Series by Tahlia Newland

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Lethal Inheritance  

Lethal Inheritance (Diamond Peak #1)
Tahlia Newland
Published: 1st December, 2012
S&H Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Young Adult
From: Girls *Heart* Books Tour

Summary:

A scream pierces the night. Ariel jolts awake and watches in horror as demons drag her mother into a hidden realm. She finds help and sets off on a rescue mission. But to defeat the demons, who feed on fear and seek to enslave the human race, she must learn a secret esoteric wisdom to awaken the dormant, but potentially explosive, power of her mind.

Walnut, a quirky old wise man, guides her through treacherous inner and outer landscapes, and Nick, the powerful Warrior who travels with them, proves a dangerous attraction. Can Ariel defeat the sadistic demon lord before he kills her and enslaves her mother?

The stakes are high, death a real possibility. Fail now, and she fails humanity.

What I liked: I loved recognizing the allegories between what Ariel goes through and different religious elements that were presented, things I only recognized in the story because I had somewhat studied about the different religions in varying degrees of seriousness over the last few years, though I have to say that they weren’t really in your face, it took me a while to actually catch on with them. This was executed well, with the allegories hidden behind what was happening in this fantasy realm that was hidden from others. Following Ariel as she learned about herself and the secrets her mother had kept hidden from her all these years I saw her grow and change, from stubborn and resistant because she didn’t believe in herself into knowing more about what she can do and learning different lessons along the way. She doesn’t give up, though sometimes it takes some prodding for her to realize she really doesn’t even when she says she does. Walnut and Nick were wonderful side characters, though Nick gets his own narration parts that outweigh the other characters.

What I didn’t like: Personally I didn’t feel like some of the narration change was necessary, and it would have been better if narration only changed with the chapter because one moment you’re reading something in someone’s (likely Ariel’s) POV and then suddenly you’re thrust into another point of view from another character in the same chapter in the same scene. It just didn’t seem necessary to do such a thing. Also, some portions were rushed when they would have worked better being drawn out a bit more than they were when presented.

Overall Review: This is a really interesting book to start a new series with some interesting concepts and ideas behind it. With Ariel learning about herself, Walnut guiding her to become the Warrior she needs to be to do what she must at Diamond Peak, and Nick who provided some humor and helped teach in some places about herself while trying to battle his own demons, this book is really engaging in most places to where you don’t want to put it down!

Recommend?: I really enjoyed it, and while I do recommend it, if you decide to read it I hope you enjoy it too!

Goodreads: 4.2/5 Amazon: 4.4/5 Barnes&Noble: 4.8/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.2
Story: 3.5
Idea: 3.9
Characters: 3.6

Stalking Shadows

Stalking Shadows (Diamond Peak #2)
Tahlia Newland
Published: 8th March, 2013
S&H Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Young Adult
From: Girls *Heart* Books Tour

Summary:

Ariel hopes that the great library at Sheldra holds the key to rescuing her mother. But in order to get there, she must negotiate a forest of evil spirits, escape a mind-numbing city of sparkling towers, travel through the treacherous gullies of Minion Hills, and avoid an attack by a demon lord intent on killing her.

At the same time, a battle rages between her heart and her mind. A relationship with her travelling companion, the enigmatic Nick, is just too tempting, but can they be together without Ariel losing her focus and falling to the demons? Her life is at stake, but also her heart. She risks encasing it in stone and denying herself the very sustenance she needs.

Will they make it to the safe haven of Sheldra, or will Ariel die at the hands of the yellow-eyed demon?

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What I liked: There were plenty of plot twist and turns in the book to keep the reader guessing. I’m also really enjoying the was negative emotions manifest the demons and strengthen them, watching Ariel learn to control her emotions as her journey continues. I also enjoyed our new character, Twitchet who is a talking cat. I found Twitchet to be an entertaining character throughout the times he was present. There’s still a large focus on the metaphysical aspect where positive thinking and clearing ones mind wins out against all the negative emotions. The writing is really nice and has some vivid moments where I can see the scenery in my mind about where these characters are.

What I didn’t like: Sometimes there was too much focus on the Radiance which brought me out of what I was reading, as well as some inconsistencies and errors that were easily noticeable to me. It’s not as smooth as I was hoping for it to be, especially where the ending is concerned because I felt it ended rather abruptly so it could lead into book three.

Overall Review: Stalking Shadows is a good follow-up to Lethal Inheritance, and doesn’t suffer too much from the fact that it’s a sequel book to what was a really good first book. While it does have some flaws within itself overall its got more of the same messages to teach inside as well as a new interesting character (Twitchet) who I adore and found quite entertaining!

Recommend?: I do! If you’ve read the first then you should read the second to see what happens next!

Goodreads: 4.1/5 Amazon: 4.5/5 Barnes&Noble: 4.5/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 3.4/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.4
Story: 3
Idea: 3.5
Characters: 3.8

Demon's Grip (2)

Demon’s Grip (Diamond Peak #3)
Tahlia Newland
Published: 25th June, 2013
S&H Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Young Adult
From: Girls *Heart* Books Tour

Summary:

At the University of Sheldra, Ariel discovers that her travelling companion, Nick, is a respected translator with little time to spare. Now that he isn’t at her side all the time, she wishes he was, and when she finally admits her love, powerful emotions sweep her away.

The demon lord Emot takes advantage of her inexperience in matters of the heart and preys on her desire, setting off a struggle with addiction that threatens to break Nick’s heart and turn Ariel into the demon’s mindless slave. She must reach deep into her soul and find the mystical power she needs to kill the one who promises pleasure but delivers only pain.

Fail, and she will lose the one she loves and spend an eternity in the demon’s grip.

What I liked: Ariel grows a lot in this book with how she has to learn about how she feels about Nick and both accept that she has feelings for him, and learn how to manage these feelings since they’re new to her. We see her talk with Walnut and reading between the lines of their conversations as well as what’s spoken explore much of the spiritual themes that have been presented throughout the series so far. This book, while not filled with action like its predecessors and much slower in pace, has its own challenges that help Ariel grow to help her learn how to defeat the Rasama she must face. She isn’t constantly moving from place to place, and we learn more about her. In many ways that made this book better than the others, especially how everything falls into place. Everything that happens, even Ariel’s realization that she has feelings for Nick, has some interesting ways of turning on itself inside this book. We also see some very interesting things happen inside the University of Sheldra and meet a character who I thought would never appear again, which was quite a surprise as well as being a good one.

What I didn’t like: While the book works well as a slower paced novel, sometimes it was a bit too slow for my liking and it felt like it was dragging.

Overall Review: I had to take a different approach when reading and reviewing this book because while the first two books were action-y and full of danger that was trying to get her while she was on the road, the dangers in this book were no less valuable to Ariel as she grows and learns about herself. I loved Namida in this book and what she does, and the development of Emot the demon as a character was an interesting one all in itself.

Recommend?: These books keep getting better the more you read, and so I’m definitely recommending you this one if you’ve read the first two!

Goodreads: 4.5/5 Amazon: 4.7/5 Barnes&Noble: 5/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 3.6/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.5
Story: 3.6
Idea: 3.7
Characters: 3.6

Eternal Destiny (2)

Eternal Destiny (Diamond Peak #4)
Tahlia Newland
Published: 7th October, 2013
S&H Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Young Adult
From: Girls *Heart* Books Tour

Summary:

Ariel and Nick face their deepest fears and their greatest challenge as they search for the Master Demon who holds the key to the future of mankind. Slay him and the world goes free; fail, and it falls irrevocably into violence and chaos.

Guided by a wisdom master of a mystical tradition that uses mind power as the basis of powerful magic, the assault party travels from the ancient granite walls of the Hermitage, up the Steps of Death, and through a labyrinth of shifting gorges to the Palace of Skulls. Even if Nick wins his struggle with the scars of his past and defeats the green-eyed head of the Cogin clan, they still must cross the scree slope, where the bones of Ariel’s father lie, to get to the ice caves beneath the summit where the Master Demon awaits.

The journey is extraordinary, the enemies are deadly and the ending is mind-blowing.

What I liked: This book really brought the stakes to the table and showed the characters who are vastly different from book one in many ways as they’ve climbed the mountain together. All the challenges presented that we are presented are handled in ways that I wasn’t always expecting, especially with how Nick handled Cogin. The challenges don’t just stop there, they continue even as they face the Rasama to try and defeat the Rasama to help the world and destroy the Serpetine.

What I didn’t like: Sometimes there was just, maybe, too many challenges to face, and too much of suffering in this book even though it is the final book.

Overall Review: I really enjoyed this book and while I can’t say much in fear of giving too much about this book away, it was one engaging and thrilling ride from start to finish that I kept turning my pages to see what would happen next. After a slower paced third book all the action picks back up and goes double time as they race to the finish of the journey up the mountain!

Recommend?: Yes! A fantastic conclusion to a wonderful series!

Goodreads: 4.7/5 Amazon: 4.8/5 Barnes&Noble: 5/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 4.2/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.6
Story: 4.4
Idea: 4.6
Characters: 4.3


If the Diamond Peak Series was made into movies and you could cast anyone you wanted, who would you choose?

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I’d choose Evan Rachel Wood to play Ariel. The photo I have of her is the perfect look

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Paul Walker is the perfect Nick, but unfortunately he died, and no one else is quite right, though Matt Bomer would work if he lightened his hair.

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Ariel’s Mother Nadima could be played by Emily Swallow, and a bearded Jake Gyllenhaal could play Kestril. Both of them would need to be aged twenty years though!

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I don’t know of an actor to play Walnut but there’s a Tibetan lama, Chokyi Nyma who is perfect. If he could act and was up for it, he’d be awesome.

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Twitchet the cat could be played by my very own Prince George. Good luck with getting him to do what you want though.

Tahlia Newland

About the Author-

Tahlia Newland, author of the multi-award-winning Diamond Peak Series, writes heart-warming and inspiring magical realism and contemporary fantasy. She is also an editor, a reviewer, an occasional high school teacher, and a mask-maker who loves creating digital art and sitting on her veranda staring at the rain forest.

Tahlia has studied with top Australian editors and has a Certificate in Editing and Proofreading. Before writing full time, she had over 20 years’ experience in scripting and performing as a dancer/mine in Visual Theatre and Theatre in Education. She has had extensive training in meditation and Buddhist philosophy and lives in Australia with a husband, a teenage daughter, and a cheeky Burmese cat called George.

Links-

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tahlia-Newland-author/188047104605893

Twitter- https://twitter.com/TahliaNewland

Blog- http://tahlianewland.com

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5283573.Tahlia_Newland

Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0063WTC8U

Linkedin- http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=256998957&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

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