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Song of the Sea Spirit (The Mindstream Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 9, 2014
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Jora Lanseri is a free spirit with her own idealistic notions. She prefers avoiding conflict, but when push comes to shove, she doesn't back down, especially if it's important to her. My favorite part of the story was watching Jora develop in her mystical skills and the unique way she learns the language of the sea spirit.
A lot of effort was put into the anthropology side of K.C. May's world building. For example, the marriage ritual and the age that young women can get married seemed contradictory until I read it through a second time. That's how much detail there was that I had to study it a bit to get the full understanding.
Something I noticed, and it made me cringe a few times, was that K.C. May's writing lacks euphemisms. She isn't shy to call bodily functions what they are. Something to be aware of is that the story contains lots of violence and some parts are even traumatic. The mystery that involves the tree and its fruit adds a good amount of suspense. Overall, it was a good read with a satisfactory ending that leaves a few loose ends for the series to continue.
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The book is steadily paced, and once I finished this book, I immediately went to my Kindle store & purchased the second book.
Though I don't think I'll be reading the sequels, I did enjoy most of the book and thus stuck with original rating of four stars.
The main character Jora is awesome. Strong, brave, and intelligent. She has an ability called Mindstreaming where she can look into the lives of others whose lives she's touched. It's an interesting mental magic system that develops over the course of the story and is probably my favorite part of the book (besides Sundancer...but I can't say anymore about her.)
The world itself is well-developed and hints at greater things to come in the sequels. Lovers of epic fantasy will certainly enjoy it, provided they don't mind things getting significantly darker during the second half of the story.
I cannot wait to dive into the next one!