CHANDREA–The Return of the Avatar Queen by Marlene Wynn

CHANDREA–The Return of the Avatar Queen by Marlene Wynn

CHANDREA–The Return of the Avatar Queen by Marlene WynnChandrea - The Return of the Avatar Queen by Marlene Wynn
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on July 17th 2014
Pages: 468
Genres: Epic, Fantasy, Fiction
eARC provided by Xpresso Book Tours

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Chandrea Averill thinks she's just like any other normal young woman. But, on the day of her 23rd birthday, her life changes forever. Surrounded by magical creatures, dangerous sorcery, and insidious political intrigue, Chandrea desperately wants to return to Earth and the only life she's ever known. But, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may be the only one with the power – both magical and political – to save the people of Lyrunia.

Will she find the courage to remain and fight for her home world?

Reading time 3 mins

My Review

Get ready readers! This book is phenomenal and this series holds promise for fans of fantasy. Chandrea is everything I hoped it would be and more. It had magic, fairies, dragons, romance, scandal, action, adventure, royalty, mystery, and more. This is an epic fantasy of the highest order!

This book is about a girl named Chandrea who just graduated college. She is preparing herself for job interviews and finally becoming an adult in the world. She walks into her bathroom one morning and finds herself in another place. Chandrea finds herself in a cave with a woman named Adelaide. Adelaide explains that she sent Chandrea to another world when her mother and father were killed and her kingdom was taken over by an evil sorceress on the day of her birth. Not only is Chandrea the rightful queen, she is probably the most powerful sorceress this world has ever seen. Her powers were kept at bay while she was in our world. She now has to learn how to wield her powers while keeping her true identity a secret so they can figure out how to make things right in the world of Lyrunia.

Somehow the author makes it so believable. I was so enchanted by this story and the world of Lyrunia. Chandrea is such a great character. We get to follow Chandrea as she encounters many strange beings. She learns all about her birth world, and the plants and animals it is home to. Chandrea is believably sad about leaving the only home she has ever known. Her musings about her friends and losing the only parents she has even known was heartbreaking. As enchanting as her birth world is, she still struggles with her new reality.

It was really fun discovering things along with Chandrea. In this book Chandrea encounters so many strange beings, from dragons to fairies to trolls and mohr cats. I really liked the people Chandrea encountered in this story, too. She meets a warrior right away who introduces her to all kinds of people. There are shape-shifters, sorceresses, fairies, and svarens. Chandrea is lost in this world and the author does a great job of introducing us to everything and making us feel at home.

With all of this going on, there were somethings about this book that I spotted immediately as things that might turn readers off. Readers like me, who just made a list of all the things they think they hate in a story. Chandrea just happens to be well versed at martial arts. Like, taekwondo 3rd degree black belt. Also, we don’t get to know Chandrea’s friends on earth well enough to miss them as much as she does. I just wanted her to love Lyrunia as much as I did. Even with that, I still have to give this 5/5 stars. It managed to be a grand adventure, and the story is just magical enough to have cast a spell on me.

My Rating


About the Author


Marlene Wynn is a Utah native – fondly referred to as “Utonian” by a friend. She transplanted herself in 1992 from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the beachy shores of sunny Virginia Beach, Virginia and has been there ever since. Though she has worked in the benefits field for several years, she finally worked up the courage to chase her dream as an author.

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  1. Giselle
    December 1, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Wow this sounds like such a wonderful read and very realistic which is great. I also like how well written and compelling Chandrea sounds! Great review, Karen!
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    • Karen Blue
      December 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Giselle. I am really glad I got to read this for the tour. I am so looking forward to the next book in this trilogy!

  2. Carmel @ Rabid Reads
    December 1, 2014 at 11:29 am - Reply

    One of my pet peeves is when a protagonist is instantly badass or succeeds in mastering their powers within the first book, however in Chandrea’s case it seems justified. I’ve encountered a few authors that have figured out a workaround for this, and I believe that Wynn belongs on that list. The lack of background info on her friends seems like a bit of an oversight, glad it didn’t take away too much from the story.
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    • Karen Blue
      December 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      She is badass, but still humble. Reading about her fumblings with magic made me relate to her somehow. This was a really great read. Wynn knows how to write a great story!

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