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Capering on Glass Bridges (The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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However, once I got further into the book, I became more involved with the story and its characters. The descriptions of the locations and the side characters is colourful and detailed and on the whole, the tale is presented well by the author. Clearly, she has a fertile and vivid imagination which is ably brought to life within the pages of this novel.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The story in itself is remarkable. It follows the several characters, albeit obviously focusing on the main character, Kaia, through a journey that takes unexpected twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed the fantasy in this book because it captures your imagination. Although at the beginning it was a bit difficult to follow because of all the events and characters being introduced, it quickly becomes coherent, easy to follow, and is the type of the book where the end makes everything 'click'. Speaking of which, my favorite part of the book is the unexpected ending. It leaves you asking questions and wanting more to the story, you want to find out more about the backstories, the world, and the characters! It leaves you craving more.
What made me immerse myself into the book is the vivid descriptions that illuminate everything yet leave certain aspects to the imagination. The author does an excellent job at painting a picture of just about everything. From the scenery, to the characters, the emotions; almost every sensory perception is touched. The ability to portray everything with stunning detail is the gift of the author.
I truly look forward to reading more from the author and would highly recommend this book to anyone.
This is classic, world-building fiction with a YA focus. The author skillfully sets the scene, describing in meticulous detail everything in this imaginative landscape, from the curious little creatures called canonipoms, to the awesome and revered island of the Zavonia, where councilors hold mysterious sway.
It is from these august councilors -- also called the Speakers -- that Kaia receives her charge: to deliver a message to King Richard that could lift the curse on the Island of Mar. Kaia's mother, although reluctant to let her daughter embark on the quest, nevertheless agrees that it is Kaia's destiny:
"Something rare glimmers within you. I can see it, I always have. It shows itself on the bleakest of days, when misery runs rampant, and desolation seizes control of the helm, sailing into all that is grim, all that is foul, and all that inspires dread."
And so she sets out with her sister, Elania, and a host of Princes to deliver her message to the King. Along the way, they meet creatures both fearsome and wondrous -- some of whom emerge from the questing group itself, as they are "turned" -- morphing quickly and suddenly into bloodthirsty beasts with razor-sharp teeth.
The travelers encounter enormous protective dragons, and forbidden fields of forgetfulness as they journey to meet the King. But despite being attacked by more fell beasts, and sustaining grave injuries, they nevertheless arrive at Enbeck -- the site of the king's castle -- only to receive a royal shock.
This well-told tale is layered in both rich environment and characterization. Reminiscent of Tolkien's fantastic -- yet strangely familiar -- construction of an entirely new world, the author succeeds wonderfully at creating a quest -- and heroine -- that is at once believable and utterly credible. Be sure to read all the way to the end, however, for the novel's knock-your-socks-off surprise ending.
Five stars to Capering On Glass Bridges, and kudos to its accomplished author. Seldom have I read such a well-written and carefully edited piece of fiction. It was truly a joy to escape to this mythical land for awhile.
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