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Kindar's Cure Paperback – July 22, 2013
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Second, in Kindar’s Cure the ruling class is a matriarchy. Furthermore, the women rulers own a harem of males called ‘amores’ – Kindar has her own special amore who becomes central to the story. A heroine who wasn’t put up in an ivory tower to marinate in her own purity intrigued me. Plus, the concept of the amores wasn’t there for mere salacious purposes or smut for smut’s sake; there was a reason for that portion of the storyline.
Kindar’s Cure was extremely interesting, turning back on itself in quite a few hairpin curves. I was taken in by one character and appalled by another – in other words, I had a personal reaction to the plot arcs. That shows the story telling was successful.
I do feel there could have been a bit more editing for Cure. Sentence structure was, at times, too repetitive and choppy. I pinpointed several paragraphs that could have benefited from a skillful red pen to really make the voice sing. As well, there was a section of head hopping in the final chapters so abrupt it made my mind whirl. However, neither of these caveats is really serious; in fact I’m being a nit-picking editor to mention them at all. In the end, I would give Kindar’s Cure a solid four stars with an added half star for the strong, feminine characters.
When Kindar's older sister is brutally murdered in her wedding bed, the palace is thrown into chaos. Sent away for her safety, Kindar finds a unique opportunity to follow a clumsy, enigmatic wizard to the cure she has never dared to hope for.
Add in a half-dozen memorable and engaging characters, an uncomfortable encounter with an escaped Amore who remembers well each time he was summoned to her bedchamber, and Princess Kindar has quite a quest ahead of her, one that will teach her that there are no easy answers.
The temptation to get more spoilery than I already have is great, because there are things that happen in the resolution that I REALLY want to discuss here, but I'll control myself and just advise you read Kindar's journey yourself.
You won't be disappointed.
I loved Kindar. She was fierce and strong, but not crazily strong or anything like that. She had problems, she was real, but she strived to solve her problems. I loved that she wasn't waiting for a Prince Charming to do everything for her either. That's my type of girl.
If you read Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta and loved it, then this is a book you'll enjoy.
When asked what my daughter loved best, she always says it proves a girl is strong, even when faced with decisions she might be too young to make, that she is fully capable of finding her own path, even if it is paved with the wrong decisions once in awhile. Then she says, "Mom, a girl with a great sword. Hello!"
Michelle did a wonderful job writing the book, bringing the characters to life, and when I read the book, I winced, cheered, and asked a few times, "What on earth are you doing?" only to discover the decisions made perfect sense later. I was lost for the day it took to read, and look forward to other books by Michelle Hauck.
It's easy to sympathize with Kindar's relationship issues with her family and her search for her own identity.
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