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Heart Song Paperback – September 9, 2012
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I truly enjoyed the story and, throughout most of the book, was driven to know what would happen next. The world she creates blends the paranormal with that of the more world-building centric branch of fantasy novels.
There was one scene I especially liked where she is sparing (with swords) and someone has to tell her to stop and breathe. I used to do Kendo and stopped after an incident where I basically stopped breathing during a sparing match. When the match was over, I about collapsed on the floor. This scene really rang true for me because of my experiences. I also enjoyed the irony of the immortals, who were outcasts themselves and anything but ordinary, being leery of outsiders. That is generally a human trait and while there were those of the immortal races that considered themselves above everyone else, many were insular and wary of people from the mortal realm, where all of their troubles arose.
I think the characters could have had more depth, but that is more of a personal preference. The book is good without it. I think it could have been more. I understood the lack of depth for Marren. He is frequently terse and trying to get information out of him is like pulling teeth. Nothing short of torture will do. But Relena is the main character and yet we know little of her past. In fact, a single incident shapes almost our entire knowledge of her past. It is a major event in her life, but it is still only one event. That and her relationship with her father are really all we know about her before she meets Marren, making her seem 2D at times. But, like I said, while I think it would have made for a far better book if we had more insight into the main character, the book was wonderful without it. LaFantasie was able to create a character that I, as the reader, felt invested in. I can certainly overlook wanting to know more. After all, wanting to know more is an essential byproduct of caring about a character and the author definitely pulls off a cast of characters than the reader cares about the futures of and dismays when events don't come up roses.
Of note, the author is planning an update to correct some formatting issues in the conversion process to ebook which were not caught initially. Until the update is posted, perfectionists may be disheartened by the book at first.
All in all, I enjoyed the novel and look forward to more from the author.
Relena is a girl whose life is less then hopeful, but she has done all she can to focus on the good in her life like her best friend Danst. When fate pushes her into the arms of Marren, her heart song, she finds her life changing yet again but in a breathtaking way that she hopes will never end. Their strained friendship blossoms into a magnificent love that was of much more significance then Relana could have ever imagined. Marren tried to help Relena understand the importance of their union and their love, but even he was bound by rules of his fellow Ancients in order to satisfy their demands to prove that what these two had were real. Will brutal requirements and harsh misunderstandings cost Relena and Marren everything that they have tried so hard to build, or will greater hopes and dreams destroy their love just as it begins to strengthen and bloom?
I couldn’t help but fall in love with Relena and Marren. They were both looking for the other half of their soul, and they found it in each other. They loved each other with no reservation and worked hard to nurture that love into something more beautiful than they ever allowed themselves to hope for. Their relationship along with its hardships perfectly echoes what we see in our own world when other people and their plans get in the way of allowing their love to grow and transform into something that lasts a lifetime. While the tests were necessary, Relena was left in the dark about everything she would have to endure in order to prove that her love for Marren was true and pure. The trials they endured nearly killed her, but when the truth was brought to light, they were able to appreciate each other that much more knowing how life would be without the other. The hard times make the good time that much brighter and even sweeter than they normally would be. They help us to love and cherish the other with more intensity and greater appreciation which helps transform our love into something that is steadfast and long-suffering.
Samantha LaFantasie has a brilliantly captivating talent in creating incredible worlds full of amazing and realistic characters that fight their way into your heart and engrain themselves into your very soul. Her tender heart and gentle spirit never ceases to move me to tears of both joy and sadness. I lose my heart to each of her characters, and I find that I don’t want it back. Walking around in her exquisite worlds leave my heart aching to know more and love harder. If you haven’t read one of her wonderful stories, you have no idea of the enthralling beauty and captivating magic that waves itself through each page and in every word that penetrates your heart.