- File Size: 654 KB
- Print Length: 297 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dana Marton; 2 edition (March 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U6PJ14K
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tera has a lot of conflicting priorities: she wants to survive and escape, she also wants to find out what happened to her mother, a gifted healer who willingly came to the Kadar years ago to heal the former High Lord before dying mysteriously, and she wants to heal just like her mother did. Sometimes Tera seems weak or naive, like when she gets tricked/betrayed into slavery, sometimes she seems resourceful like when she uses the beetles to stitch herself up, and sometimes she's a little over-compassionate with her compulsion to heal anyone and everyone. While I like the complexity of her character, sometimes it gets confusing and sometimes I lose interest because the author is doing a lot of telling and no showing.
Overall, a book I'd probably reread over and over again because I liked the character development and discovery. The world-building seemed overly complex but it was also interesting. I was pretty impressed with the myriad of people and cultures and beliefs but it was so overwhelming: the Shahala healers, the Kadar warriors, the Selorm tiger lords, the Khergi hordes, the evil Emperor, the First People, the wise and forgotten Seela, the kingdom of Orh, etc. There were some unanswered questions/unclear motives/confusing plot lines but still entertaining.
Writing: Good. I didn't stumble over sentence structure or grammar errors. (there were a few typos but nothing that kept me from reading). The writing didn't grip me but it wasn't appalling. I thought the author did a good job of creating two different, well rounded cultures. The character development was well done, especially the relationship between the two main characters. Overall, very solid.
Language: No profanity
Sex: I could have done without the the descriptions of rape but maybe others won't mind. The author didn't dwell on it overlong but it was still uncomfortable for me. There is a a mildly described consensual sex later in the story as well. It's not graphic but I prefer to leave some things unsaid. I wouldn't find it appropriate for my teenage daughter.
Violence: Yes, there is violence but I wouldn't call it graphic. The author focuses more on healing than killing and doesn't linger over disturbing images.