Vellmar the Blade (Chronicles of Alsea – Book #5) by Fletcher DeLancey

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Book Five in the Chronicles of Alsea

Author: Fletcher DeLancey


With Vellmar the Blade, Fletcher DeLancey has created another strong female protagonist in her compelling science fiction series Chronicles of Alsea.

An elite warrior. A split-second decision that launches a legend.

Lead Guard Fianna Vellmar is the daughter of a champion, raised from childhood to work hard and be the very best. When she is given the opportunity to compete at the highest level and earn her place among Alsea’s elite warriors, a stunning turn of events forces her to choose between life and glory, mercy and pride.

Vellmar became a legend not for winning a championship, but for losing it.

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Publication Date

July 2016


epub, mobi, and pdf


35,000 words




978-3-95533-715-5 (mobi), 978-3-95533-716-2 (epub), 978-3-95533-717-9 (pdf)


Ylva Publishing

3 reviews for Vellmar the Blade (Chronicles of Alsea – Book #5) by Fletcher DeLancey

  1. Enrico


    I usually don’t give five stars to short stories or novellas, because they don’t have the wider scope of a novel.

    But Vellmar the Blade really deserves the full score. I’d like to describe this expanded novella as “chiseled”, because indeed it seems to me like a compact, delightful, chiseled artwork.

    The story is very simple, no more than some episodes in the life of a secondary character, an athletic competition and the events that surround it by Vellmar’s point of view.
    There’s no major adventure here, or facing a big crisis, or a great angst.

    But everything is meaningful, significant for the characters inner being.
    The more I read books, the more I realize that what I really love, as a reader, is depth in characters psychology.
    Fletcher DeLancey is very talented in doing that. All her characters, Tal, Salomen, Lanaril, and now Vellmar, have their own personality, tone and color, and they are so richly described!

    Aslo, there’s continuity with the previous books. Tal and Salomen are immediately them, true to their own selves from the previous books. And the mood of Alsea is pretty much the same, in its search for nobility and glory.

    And lastly, romance lovers won’t be disappointed…

  2. Tara at The Lesbian Review


    Vellmar the Blade is a wonderful novella that’s part of the Chronicles of Alsea, but can absolutely be read as a standalone piece.

    Fianna Vellmar is lead guard to Lancer Andira Tal, taking her first shot at the global games. She’s never entered the games before, not wanting to face her mother, the current and long-reigning champion at blade throwing. She’s so close to the champion’s spot that she can almost see it when her fate comes down to a split-second decision.

    While I loved reading about Vellmar, having fallen for her in Without a Front, even more than that I loved that this is a story about storytelling. We go back and forth between a man telling his children at bedtime about Vellmar’s legend and the events as they happened in real time. We see how facts become massaged over the years, so that the eventual story is a far cry from the original events. It’s cleverly done, and also allows the author to present a tighter story because any of the less relevant scenes are skipped as we go between Vellmar’s present and the bedtime storytelling future.

    My only complaint is that I could easily read a full-length novel or three about Vellmar, and I hope we see more because I did a happy dance when a couple of details about her future were dropped.

    I highly recommend Vellmar the Blade to anyone who wants a fast, gentle, fun read.

    I received a free copy from the publisher for an honest review.


    (verified owner):

    As short stories go, this is a really great one. Amazing how in the limited pages characters can be this fully fleshed out and scenes and environments be so beautifully described. Also, the story fits neatly into the Alsea vibe created by the series so far.
    My biggest gripe is that this isn’t a full story, as I’d love to know all that happened to Vellmar and Lanaril, so perhaps we’ll get a book fleshing out that relationship some more (please!).
    Fletcher DeLancey is a very gifted writer and her Voyager books are on my permanent re-re-re-re-read shelf on my tablet. The Alsea chronicles are off to a very promising start also and I have enjoyed specifically the Caphenon and how the little bit of it that we got to visit through Voyager got turned into a beautiful, self-standing story line … away from anything that might be copyright protected. I cannot wait how Fletcher will handle this going forward with the next installment due just now – I am excited and looking very much forward “to the journey”.

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