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Diamonds and Dust: Jewels of Chandra, Book 1 by [Fairchild, River]
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Book 1 of the series.
Magic is real. So is betrayal.
Two heirs. A Kingdom of dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all.
Archaeologist David Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in his father's journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.
Convinced his father may still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a way home. Along the way, he encounters a few unlikely friends. A Dreean warrior, a beautiful thief and a satyr join him as he searches.
David's arrival into this new world sets off an explosive chain reaction of events. Faced with powerful adversaries and few clues, he may not get the chance to rescue his father before disaster strikes, condemning both of them to death. Or worse.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Alternate World 11 December 2013
By Ron Fritsch - Published on
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Diamonds and Dust is the first novel in River Fairchild’s fantasy series, Jewels of Chandra. I greatly enjoyed reading this book. Fairchild has created a compelling alternate world.

Humans as well as other intelligent but exotic characters inhabit this one. Some of the humans have fallen into Chandra from earth. One of those is a 25-year-old archaeology student, David Alexander, who steps into a cave he suspects will take him there.
He’s on a quest to find his father, who’s been missing for the last seven years. That man, John Alexander, was a prestigious archaeologist who came to believe he was the heir to the throne of Shaylar, one of the five kingdoms of Chandra.

Unfortunately, Shaylar ceased to exist as a kingdom many years ago. The twin sons of the reigning king and queen fought for the right to the throne, killed one another, and left the kingdom in the hands of warlord thanes, much as the collapse of the Roman Empire led to the Dark Ages. The four other kingdoms have increased their power, including the power of their magic, at the expense of Shaylar.

The highborn, including the thanes and the nobility, possess magic. The lowborn don’t. Many of them, chafing under the rule of the thanes, hope for the restoration of the kingdom. All is as it would be on earth, excepting only the magic.

Having survived his fall, David, bearing an amulet his father gave him, soon acquires followers, human and otherwise, in his journey to the truth. The amulet is the ancient symbol of Shaylar and possesses magical powers, including the power to translate the languages his followers speak into present-day English. (Google, among others, seems to possess that power in the here and now.)

I especially enjoyed the followers, each of them an outcast, each of them with a unique and sympathetic back story, each of them capable of selflessness to an astonishing degree.

I’m also fond of Fairchild’s writing: “The voice had a lyrical quality, reminding David of a musical score in a movie filled with fear.”

Is David an Alice? Consider this: “David followed her in silence, afraid he’d just stepped through the looking glass and fallen into the rabbit hole.” Is Chandra an Oz? For a long period David’s group consists of three befuddled male creatures and one strong female.

Chandra, though, isn’t Wonderland or Oz. It’s far more interesting. I’ll gladly return to it as soon as River Fairchild publishes her second book in this saga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth fantasy fiction. A river (no pun intended) of words you'll want to ride all the way to the end. 29 May 2014
By J Edward Neill - Published on
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First, this is the prettiest book I own. That cover art. Wow.
Second, Diamonds and Dust is a crisply-written tale for lovers of any fantasy genre (Dark, YA, High, you name it).
Third, I'll be reading the entire series.
'Nuff said...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe crossed with Game of Thrones 1 August 2014
By Sheila Deeth - Published on
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With hints of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, crossed with Game of Thrones perhaps, River Fairchild’s Diamonds and Dust introduces readers to a beautifully imagined magical world, where women weave powers for men to wield, and satyrs are just one of the strange creatures yet to be met.

Shaylar itself is a fallen kingdom, its jewel and its magic long lost. The kingdoms of men strive to keep the magic going, while neighboring realms waver between wanting more power for themselves and wanting balance restored. Enter David, via a curious portal from earth, seeking to recover or escape the memories of his lost father. And just maybe, enter David’s father, many years before.

When dreams of superpowers threaten to come true, and when the path ahead is unclear, will David return to the known world or continue into mystery? Two girls love him, one magic binds him, a jewel beckons, and mysterious strangers seem bent to twist his path. Some seriously sensual scenes might suggest this book’s for mature readers only. But it’s beautifully intriguing, set in a wonderfully well-wrought world, and the smooth clean writing offers only a very occasional glitch to slow you down. Highly recommended adult fantasy, my only complaint is I want to read book two!

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy by the author and am looking forward to reading the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous triumph of fantasy 9 December 2013
By Michael Offutt - Published on
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River Fairchild's "Diamonds and Dust" is an exciting entry in the portal fiction genre. Much in the same way as kids discovering Narnia, Ms. Fairchild takes us on a journey (this time through a cave) into a magical land populated by wizards, satyrs, dryads who want to suck your blood, humanoids with snouts that look like the ones on a pig, and other such magical beasts (but she never cops out and goes with elves!) The originality is refreshing. Even George R.R. Martin uses elves (he just calls them "Children of the Forest" but we aren't stupid and know they are just "elves"). I think the satyr may even be an homage to C.S. Lewis in a way because he's the first creature David meets on the other side (Lucy met a faun by the name of Tumnus, and I think there's some similarity between the two).

Diamonds and Dust is also replete with unique magical items, monsters (like skeletons who teach people how to fight), and sorcery: most interesting in my opinion is a sword that has the ability to change its shape to whatever David needs. I'm sure that's going to come into play in the next book as David goes on his quest to restore Shaylar to its glory.

I think the strongest part of this tale is the ability to create genuine characters. I thoroughly enjoyed them all from Soriah to the kid and even to David's father (who I didn't really like all that much, but there's definitely going to be drama as Soriah seems to be attracted to the father while betrothed to the son).

Ms. Fairchild's novel does feature adult situations, so it may not be appropriate for all young readers. But if you can handle a little sex on your television screen then you should be able to handle the small peppering you get in different areas of this book. And it's not graphic at all...just described kind of how a poet would describe sex. It ends up being beautiful and vague, but you know something is happening.

I can't wait for the next installment. Diamonds and Dust is a marvelous triumph of fantasy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fantasy with great world building 9 December 2013
By Christine Rains - Published on
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David Alexander gets an offer for an archaeological dig that he cannot pass up. It might also help him find his father who has been missing for seven years. Exploring the cave, David is thrown into another world where all the crazy fantastical things his father talked about were real. He meets an odd group of friends on his quest to find his father, and on the way, discovers he is the heir to the lost ancient kingdom of Shaylar. All David wants to do is find his father and go home, but the land calls to him and he cannot ignore its call. Yet the call may lead David to his death and this entire beautiful world's.

A spectacular beginning to the series. The reader is swept into this wonderful fantasy world with wizards, satyrs, and dragons. The people are varied and the politics are thick. David is a highly likable hero that inspires loyalty from those who follow him. Sometimes trust in those he cares for can make him blind, but his heart is true. My favorite characters include his strange group of friends. Rhone the fierce Dreean warrior, Lothan the quirky half-satyr, and Mira the mysterious thief. Each individual is well drawn and fascinating. Plus, the D&D geek in me loves that they make the perfect adventuring party!

Along with great characterization and world building, the book is beautifully written, even poetic in parts. A lot happens in this story, but the reader isn't rushed along nor is the pace too slow. There's time to enjoy the read and get absorbed in the amazing fantasy land River Fairchild has created.

I can't wait for the next installment!