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And Poppet has risen to that challenge with a resounding Wow!
The author skillfully weaves a story of beginnings--of the siblings and their guardians, and the roles of fate and free will that insinuate and define their essential being--all set in a lush and exotic landscape. Of all Poppet's books this one most effectively uses the physical world as metaphor for the turmoil and challenges of becoming: the clash of tidal behemoths, the height of Table Mountain and the depths of a sea, the seclusion of a beach and the sometimes false sanctuary of a wooded glade.
The descriptions more than put the reader `in the scene', rather they define how and why one must interpret and understand the complex and conflicting actions and emotions of all the players on this vast stage.
Although this book concentrates on the here and now--with young Seithe struggling to comprehend not just his place in a larger universe, but to achieve a balance between the expectations of his elders and the potential of his own gifts--a subtle clue early on hints that there are cycles to this process. This here and now is only one among several, iterations that suggest that the higher powers had yet to get it right, that the life lessons presented (death of a mother, the rash actions of angry young men with too much power and not enough wisdom) had yet to `take'.
The author also presents a case study in dysfunction: exploring that intersect where compassion and abuse tangle in a web of power and conflicting agendas. Guardianship is a harsh taskmaster, and not all of those assigned the duty seem up-to-the-challenge.
There's the blossoming of young love, placing a human girl in a situation that is extreme and disturbing in its implications (on so many levels) and the angst of a heart being broken. Although exposed to those life lessons and nominally overcoming the challenges, it does not guarantee a measure of wisdom. At the end, Seithe continues to make poor choices ... for he is just seventeen after all, though to his credit he begins to recognize those mistakes for what they are.
The question then becomes: will he take the path of maturity. Will he ever get it right?
Segue to the Pravus Series and find out.
This is most definitely not for younger YA. The language is intense, the emotions staggering, the situations fraught with the kind of peril that would make even an adult blanch, the themes of abuse (psychological and physical), and the internal conflicts of an identity crisis unfold with a scope and import far outside normal boundaries.
This is good stuff.
This is such a wonderful story that reveals the makings of the Seithe I fell in love with in the Pravus series. The tortured young man with the world on his shoulders. IV shows his true character, heart and the makings of the man he is to become. I absolutely enjoyed getting to know the younger Ellindt and Jo. Such a strong foundation of who they are as a family and opens your eyes to who and what made them the people they are in Pravus.
It was heart wrenching with Seithe and Taz, but again, love will always conquer all. I wanted to smack Venix, but where would a great story be if there wasn't the one prick that pushes too hard because he sees someone for what they will become?
I couldn't stop reading and highly recommend!!
Well done again, P!! I was giddy the entire time I was re-introduced to the characters.
Read this book. You will not regret it.
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