- File Size: 1240 KB
- Print Length: 308 pages
- Publisher: Seventh Star Press; First edition (March 16, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007LD3L0U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I won't lie, I was a bit surprised when I first learned about Redheart not being a stand alone novel, but rather a first in a planned trilogy. Why? Because it ended so perfectly! I didn't see what could possibly be added to the story without making it seem forced and overdone. Jackie ended her first book in a way that was perfectly satisfying, sensible and seemingly final. The main story - Kallon and Riza's story - was concluded. Yes, the author left a small opening for a possible follow up (mainly because of Blacklaw's disappearance - and when a bad guy walks away, we all know that he's going to be back with a vicious revenge plan, and sooner rather than later), but I honestly didn't think it necessary to explore further what already seemed explored enough. So what does Gamber do? She does something utterly brilliant! She turns her trilogy into a saga, adding a whole new generation of characters, enriching the plot, making it even more twisty and intense, and - which is even more fantastic - she tells the whole thing from human's perspective, focusing mainly on Sela, her feelings and adventures. I loved it. I think I loved it even more than Redheart. It was just as thrilling and exciting as the first book, but, thanks to the clever mix of familiar (well-known characters, settings, mythology, political issues, etc) with brand new (new generation of characters, new threats and mysteries, shift in the narrative and many more), it turned out to be even more captivating, mesmerizing and utterly fantabulous.
I was totally exhilarated to once again meet Orman Thistleby and Jastin Armitage - my two favorite Redheart's characters, but at the same time, I was just as happy to be introduced to a whole new palette of intriguing personalities. Jackie Gamber did a phenomenal job expanding the already wonderful world, and filling it up with even more fascinating protagonists. At the same time, even though there were many more characters to keep track of, I never had any problem following the story. Gamber dynamic prose is both easy to comprehend and quite rich in descriptions. She makes it easy for the reader to lose themselves in the story, and knows exactly which words to use to fuel their imagination. The resulting narrative is not only swift moving and flavourful, but also perfectly balanced.
I really love Gamber's version of dragon world. Some may find it odd - after all these are dragons with social structures and politics, dragons who not only fly and breathe fire, but also paint, write chronicles, bake, etc - but to me this world is nothing short of pure delight. So fascinating and original! And I really enjoyed seeing it again, this time through Sela's eyes. Sela's character really brought this story to life, made it more complex and poignant, and added a whole new layer of emotions. I never expected this book to be so moving and thought-provoking, and it was! It's not just a gorgeously told fantasy, filled with mythical creatures and sparkly magic, it's - perhaps most of all - a wonderful coming of age story, a very interesting portrayal of family pulled apart by difficult circumstances, and a tale of young woman trying desperately to discover her identity.
All in all, Jackie Gamber's Sela is an amazingly imaginative novel. Delicate, dramatic, and absolutely dazzling, it's a beautifully written tale of young girl discovering her place in the world, and one definitely worth picking up!
Mirroring the writing style of the first novel, Gamber presents her story using different perspectives, focusing mainly on Sela, but also jumping to different characters and giving the reader an in-depth glimpse into their minds as the events surrounding them become perilous. I really enjoyed this writing style, and the use of third person was ideal as it gives the reader access to all the characters' thoughts and feelings.
Sela, trapped in her human form and desperate to become a dragon again, sets the events of the novel in motion through her rash decisions, taking the reader on an exciting ride through the Leland and Esra Provinces as the story unfolds. I really enjoyed her character; her headstrong personality made her lovable, though it gets her into trouble on more than one occasion. Her parents, Kallon and Riza, only want to protect her, but having a human among dragons is dangerous for all, especially as Fordon Blackclaw is still on the loose. Sure she must protect her parents and create her own destiny, Sela sets off on a journey full of suspense and peril, landing her in the middle of the Esra Provence and the object of the Venur's desires... though many of the events in the story seem disconnected, Gamber has expertly woven them all together, leading to the finale that will leave the reader yearning for more. With its fantastical nature, riveting characters, and suspenseful prose, Sela is a book all will enjoy. Four stars.
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Ok I just finished this one and I must say OMG it was great! I cant wait for more! Jackie Gamber has my heart and I hope that she gives it more books!Read more
"Sela's art was dead inside, just like her hope."
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