Author: D. E. Morris
Book: Heritage (Age of Valor #1)
Published: December 2014
Ashlynn is the newly crowned High Queen of Siness and an elemental dragon of earth. Welcome to the universe of the Age of Valor. The kingdom of Caedia was once part of the Celtique Isles. However, the high king of Caedia allied himself with powers that would see the end of the Elementals in a quest for ultimate power. Ashlynn must gather the other islands together, bringing together elves, dwarves, dragons, and other fantastic creatures to defend their homes. Most importantly, she must gather the other elemental dragons from across the world. Unknown to her and her allies, the high king of Caedia is little more than a pawn to darker powers.
Heritage is the first of the Age of Valor series. This is a land of many fantastic creatures that share the world with humanity. The religion of the land worships the Giver and his son the Deliverer, similar to Christianity. The Giver created the first elementals. These are dragons that share a special kinship with each other. They are nearly immortal. When one is killed, their eldest child takes on the mantel of their parents. They are human but can change shape and have an affinity with the certain elements. Ashlynn inherited the element of Earth from her mother and the burden of being an elemental dragon.
Diana Morris has proven to be a gifted story teller. Her one weak spot is dealing with the back story. She made use of flashbacks, which is always fraught. The result was a bit confusing at the beginning. Never the less, Heritage is an epic high fantasy and the first of a series. I look forward to the second book.