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The Unfinished Song - Book 1: Initiate (Young Adult Epic Fantasy Series) Kindle Edition

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"Wow. Holy smoking wow. This is one of the few books I've read that I can honestly say was totally, 100% original.... However, as unique as it is, it was insanely easy to slip into the story..." --Emi London, Octopus Ink

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Every story, no matter how outlandish, starts from a kernel of personal experience. I'll tell you what gave me the idea for this story.

When I was in high school, I auditioned for the highly prestigious dance and cheer squad. We not only did cheers at football games, but competed in national dance contests. And won. Yes, we kicked butt.

Well, except for me. I was diagnosed with scoliosis in my freshman year. My back was so crooked, I had to wear a back brace, or risk living the rest of my life as the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The dance teacher didn't want a hunchback freak on her team, but couldn't throw me out. So she refused to let me perform. Year after year.

There are a lot of fantasy stories about a young person with no magic, who, unknown to everyone else, has the magic needed to save the world. I make no apologies for revisiting this theme. Because - really - isn't this an experience we all go through? Aren't we all forced to discover we can - we MUST - make our own magic to save the world?

This is the story of a girl who was told over and over, "You can't," who still said, "Yes, I can."

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  • File Size: 3196 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Misque Press; 1 edition (December 22, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 22, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4XE5I
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Tara Maya has lived in Africa, Europe and Asia. She's pounded sorghum with mortar and pestle in a little clay village where the jungle meets the desert, meditated in a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas and sailed the Volga river to a secret city that was once the heart of the Soviet space program. This first-hand experience, as well as research into the strange and piquant histories of lost civilizations, inspires her writing. Her terrible housekeeping, however, is entirely the fault of pixies.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kiki Deister on February 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The Unfinished Song: Initate is the first installment of a new series by Tara Maya set in the fantasy world Faearth. There are only seven tribes of people in existence, and faeries, pixies, brownies, and the like still roam the earth. It is set in a stone age era, more civilized than cave dwellers. This novel is primarily the story of Dindi, a young girl living in the Lost Swan tribe, anxious to pass Initiation and become a Taevaedi, a member of a secret society of revered magical dancers. It drew me in slowly at the beginning, but most fantasy novels do, as the new worlds and societies are built within the framework of the story. The world that the author created in Faearth was extremely creative and unique. Elements from many different cultures, legends, myths, and fairy tales were woven throughout the story. There were Slavic rusalkies and tribal rituals reminiscent of Native American culture, as well as some plot points that reminded me of some of the Hawaiian and Polynesian folk lore I learned when I lived in Hawaii. Even the physical environment had things brought together that would never have been found on our version of Earth. This made the texture of Faearth, its inhabitants and the story very intriguing.

I found the book to be well-written, with lots of descriptive phrasing that made me feel as if I were standing in the midst of the story. The weaving of myths and legends and tales from so many cultures could have left the reading a little muddy, but this wasn't a problem at all. There were twists and turns throughout the book, including intermittent travels back in time. That threw me at first and confused me, but I later realized it was because I had accidentally missed a couple of paragraphs when continuing to read after a short break!
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81 of 99 people found the following review helpful By dragonfly on October 24, 2011
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I have to be honest and say that I enjoyed this book, and the two that follow. However, I was expecting the story to have an ending, and when it didn't I checked out the blog (should have done that first I guess). So far there are three books written and another 9 planned for this series. That just makes me angry. There should be a warning about neverending stories. Some people like that, and fair enough those people can decide to read stories that never end. I don't like it, I prefer resolution at some point. I also get bored after the third or fourth book, and this series is at that point after the third book. I feel ripped off.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laura on January 9, 2011
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The Unfinished Song: Initiate is the first in a series of fantasy novels, and it features just about everything you'd want in that genre. The world has magic, faeries, and secret societies, all of which fit together to form an internally consistent whole. The characters are, in various combinations, heroic, misunderstood, self-destructive, well-meaning, and flawed (some of them might be evil, but I'm withholding judgment until I've read the rest of the series). There's injustice, family dysfunction, and just a little redemption. There's some fighting and a lot of dancing. There's a bit of political intrigue, which I suspect will come more into the forefront later in the series. What more could you want?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ama C. on February 17, 2012
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While I enjoyed reading this story, I have no plans to pay to keep up with all the future installments. I got this story portion (hesitant to call it a book) for free and would possibly pay or a sequel, maybe trilogy if the price was right, but $5/ea is too much for 12 short stories with numerous errors and not enough explanation.

If you're not good with context clues, you may find it hard to keep up, as many pertinent explanations are absent. Some things can be figured out or guessed at, but several would have been best explained or described explicitly.

There is also a lot of jumping around in character POV, time and written tense, which may work in one book, but will likely make a series less coherent. Even when I'm not trying to remember who did what 9 pages ago, seeing where an editor should have smoothed things over distracts me.

Having said all that, it was an interesting world and will probably become a pretty good story, but I have little patience for writers who drag out one story over 3 volumes just to make a few dollars. I bet these 12 portions of story could easily make 4 satisfying books and I bet they could each have an actual ending. Judging by this one, only Vol 12 will have and ending, the rest will suddenly stop midstory. This method is confused with a discernible ending that still generates interest in the next book, which is a dying art, I guess.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Wondracek on August 1, 2011
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and the description of this book intrigued me, which is why I asked for a copy to review.

The first thing that I noticed is that this book is about 100 pages shorter than most ebooks that I have read. While being short in and of itself is not a bad thing, it is a side effect of another problem.

While the storyline shows great promise, this version felt like a rough draft that has not been fleshed out enough. There were many pieces of the story that could have been better explained rather than taking for granted that the readers are somewhat familiar with Native American or similar tribal customs. I often lost the plot for a bit while I tried to figure out the background issues. When I read the note at the end of the book, I had to wonder if this is the result of the book originally being written as a medieval story and then changed to a tribal story.

I am intrigued enough by the storyline that I will probably give the author a second chance and try reading the sequel.
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