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Heartborn (Shattered Skies Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I was immediately enchanted by this book. The opening two scenes were both so very well written—informative without succumbing to tedious info-dumping (a feat in fantasy), with strong characterization and word building—that I was hard pressed to stop turning pages. However, I found that the entire book didn’t quite meet the high standards of the beginning. The early scenes about Windhook were, to my taste, too heavily reliant on exposition, which prevented my from feeling immersed in the world. Frequent head hopping (a pet peeve of mine, admittedly) made it difficult for me to feel properly anchored in the scenes—I never knew whose eyes I was seeing the world through. I was looking forward to the moment when the two disparate stories would collide, however I found that event, when it came, more than a little confusing. I assume that answers will be found in the sequel, but I would have liked to have come out of this first installment with fewer questions.
That being said, Terry Maggert is a true wordsmith and the story is very well written. There was much to enjoy in Heartborn—I particularly enjoyed the action in the second half. Buckle in for some excellent fight scenes. They might be angels, but they sure fight dirty. As for Livvy, I was happy to see a strong character with a physical weakness, as characters with handicaps or illnesses are rare in this kind of story. I’m looking forward to seeing how her trying past will inform her fate. The world that Heartborn sets up seems rife with opportunity for future awesomeness, and I’m eager to see where the story goes from here.
Would you consider the audio edition of Heartborn to be better than the print version?
No I love both. Print books are my first love but audio books are what helps me get through my hour long commute
What did you like best about this story?
How did it was from anything else I've read lately. I really liked how I though I knew where the author was headed but my guess was wrong
Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No but I really loved how she brought the story to life
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It didn't make me cry but it really made me think deeply about so much while listening to this
Any additional comments?
Was intrigued by this book when I first read the synapsis and was not disappointed at all.
Worth a credit and then some.
The story is about a girl who was born with half a heart. She's been through countless surgeries and dealt with pain and struggle all her life. She starts working at a library and meets an array of characters that help her see she isn't defined by her health issues. In a parallel story, there is trouble brewing for the angels that exist in another time and place. From using a form of scrying, it is determined that the only person who can help them is the broken girl on Earth. One angel is chosen to go back through time and space to save her and in turn, save their people.
Terry has a fantastic way of describing places and people that brings them to life in your mind. Any author that leaves me feeling heartbroken or happy for the characters they've created should be proud of the masterpiece they've created. The writing style flows so well and held my attention so well that I read this book in less than 24hrs. I even abandoned my own writing in favor of reading this story which is very unusual.
I honestly don't know that I can do this book more justice than that sentence. This book NEEDS to be read. The world that Terry Maggert created is entrancing. Reading the characters, learning their stories, feeling all those feelings ... it was just a breath of fresh air.
I sincerely hope there are more books to follow. I will devour those as I devoured this one.
If I could give this book more than FIVE stars, I would. In a heart beat.
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