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Spirit's Chosen (Princesses of Myth) Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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As I thought about my ambivalence, I asked myself what caused this feeling? Was it the characters? Was it the world? Was it the style of prose Friesner use? What it the story? What?
And then I realized, there were two main aspects of this novel that rubbed me the wrong way and the main one is the main character, Himiko. Now, I’m pleased that Friesner chose to write a character of color, specifically of Japanese descent, and set the novel in a historical time period. On the other hand, Himiko annoyed me a bit because she is a bit of a Mary-Sue. She is a like-able character and the reader wants to root for her to succeed, but she doesn’t have any faults. None what so ever. She always is able to maintain a positive attitude despite what is thrown at her and is always able to come up with the proper solution that succeeds every time. In fact, at one point when she experiences an obstacle and starts to finally have a breakdown, after she tells Daimu (her love interest) why she is upset, she ends up comforting him! I was completely taken out of the story at that point because it was so unrealistic.Read more ›
Then Hikimo goes off on her quest to save Baby Brother. Not everyone else - she's just a young girl, she can't save everyone by herself - but Her own brother is special. Hikimo's best friend goes off with her, because Hikimo can't fight her way out of a paper bag. She can lie, though. And she can be a good shaman and heal people.
Then she gets captured. And the prison guard wants to rape her. Then she gets taken to the house of the chieftain who wanted to marry her (until she slopped garbage over him) and he has no interest in sleeping with her. Even though he treats his own wife like garbage. Whuh? How did that happen?
Then she goes to the shrine, where the shaman falls in love with her, and takes no steps to ensure she loves him back. The other shaman courts her as if she were a free woman, as well.
The chieftain's bitchy mother falls in love with Hikimo when the baby-boy she predicted came true. Everyone Loves Hikimo! Except for the chieftan. And even he comes around later, which is even harder for me to believe than the shaman's not 'insisting' that the slave-girl indulge his true love.
Moderately good book, not as good as her other series.
I found Kaya to be a very interesting character that made me want to learn more about her. In the beginning of the book you are not fully sure of how she will turn out but in the end you will love her and be on the edge of your seat as you are reading about her adventure against the wolf clan.
Student Reviewer: EmilyFredricks
Age at time of review - 15
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I'm in college and I have yet to be disappointed by Friesner. She brings a nice touch on historical fictions. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Roxanne Harlen
I loved the first book and the other books by her. this is deffently one of my favorites. I loved it!!!Published on February 14, 2014 by Anna Johns
The book was very well written and enjoyed it very much, but I did not like the ending so much because of all the bad events that happened. But I did not waste my time reading it!Published on November 25, 2013 by shannon