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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic fantasy read!, February 1, 2011
This review is from: The Unfinished Song - Book 1: Initiate (Young Adult Epic Fantasy Series) (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! The action was fast-paced and kept me wanting more!

Dindi was my favorite character in the story. She was both relatable and lovable with all of her issues. She was underappreciated as a person, and didn't give herself enough credit for her abilities. The way she was treated by the other members of her own tribe, as well as those she met on her path to Initiation, made me hurt for her. And any time I feel strongly for a fictional character is a sign that I am reading a great book. I also liked her friend Gwenika whose self-sabatage and her lack of self-esteem made her as relatable as Dindi. Kavio, the exiled warrior, embodied all the traits of a good fantasy novel hero: strong, honorable, and compassionate.

The cover art was stunning, created by the author herself. That alone would have drawn me to the novel!!

POSSIBLE ITTY BITTY SPOILER: --->The conclusion was definately a cliffhanger, leaving you with questions and wanting more. Without saying too much, I was left wanting to cry for Dindi, cheering for Gwenika, wanting to know what happened to Gwenika's sister, and wanting to know more about Kavio. But it was the perfect lead-in for the next book in the series, so I can't complain about those questions! It ended just as it should have. <--- END OF POSSIBLE ITTY BITTY SPOLER

I gave it a 4.5 stars!
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Initial post: Oct 23, 2011 8:34:20 AM PDT
JJShaw says:
Can anyone tell me what age group this book is appropriate for?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2013 1:51:58 AM PDT
The title states young adult. I'm thinking probably late teens (18 - 19) early twenties. Unless they've changed the definition since I was one! : )

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 10:34:14 PM PDT
Chi-lover says:
There's some cannibalism ... So take that into account as well.
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