- File Size: 3256 KB
- Print Length: 189 pages
- Publisher: Keta Diablo (January 31, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B93HNCK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sky Tinted Water (Sky Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Our Heroine is Rory, a young woman who is accustomed to shouldering responsibility and receiving the love of family. She is close to her sister and is a good aunt to her nieces and nephews and the reader gets a sense of her inner life as the story moves forward while the family settles into a new community in Minnesota - which, we are told in the preface, is taken from Dakota Sioux word for "sky tinted water."
It's a lovely title!
The author settles her heroine in and then sends her on a walk where we meet The Hero, Dawson. A man who is apparently washing up in a stream. Rory finds him and is taken aback by his partial nudity and her own visceral response to it.
The tension is palpable, her nerves charming, and the situation appropriate for this kind of romance.
Their first actual encounter happens at a barn raising and I very much enjoyed the author's touching on details without overwhelming us with them. The focus here is the romance and how families are affected by external conflict (such as wars) and she does this with a careful hand.
Dawson's pursuit of Rory is not unnoticed, but it isn't universally accepted, either. There are villains afoot and there are silent heroes about and they play their roles in this romance before the story's end.
I don't want to give away how the author brings the couple to their wedding or how the Civil War intrudes on their happily ever after, but I will tell you that bad things happen to good people, heroes are heroic whether silent or vocal, and that you can't keep a good woman down for long.
After the initial rough beginning (too many names were confusing, as I indicated) and the story started rolling past the midwifery, I was enthralled with the story and bent over my reader, captivated until the very last page.
I look forward to reading the sequel, Sky Dance, which is due out this spring!
I was not to be disappointed. Now, I'm a biblical history girl, with some Egyptian history, Roman history, and a huge chunk of European history tied in, so diving in to American, and Native American, history was fairly unfamiliar grounds for me. Being that I am American and had a vaguely truthful history of my country pounded into my head from a young age at school, I had some idea of what to expect.
Bearing that in mind, I was very impressed. The characters were rich and full, immediately lovable and relatable. And yes, there were the typical romance scenes in the book, but this was so much more. I instantly loved the main character, Rory, and turned every page anxiously to see what was coming next. The story seemed very true to the times, and remembering the harsh reality of the civil war and the tribulations between the people who settled in the States and the Natives who were already here, there were moments when the story was heartbreaking and tough. But that's one of the best parts of this book!
As per usual, I don't want to give too much detail or spoilers, because this book is so worth reading. I enjoyed every minute of it, and would not hesitate to pick up another of Keta Diablo's books. I give this a firm five of five stars and urge you to give this book a try.
Two other events come into play, one the death of a woman in childbirth and the other a successful birth of a native woman's baby that Rory midwifed. The husband of the dead woman literally goes crazy with grief and he stalks Rory, leading to a dramatic escalation of events.
It's a well written story, well placed and with a good plot. War, birth and death are always powerful themes. It is a romance, (no sex scenes though) and so has the hallmarks of the genre. It is a little predictable, but romances often are, and I did wonder at Jon letting Rory go alone to the graveyard. It seemed a little unlikely given her state and the fact that he hasn't wanted her to go at all. Nevertheless , I enjoyed it enough to forgive such things, and I like this length a great deal. You can read it in one evening. It's not a demanding story, but I did find it moving.
I received this book free from the author in return for an honest review.
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