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The princess demand the 'tall man' be gentle with her and not harm her when he questions her. When he removes the arrow the wound heals itself and three prisoners from different tribes are brought in. When they see her they immediately fall to their knees trying to kiss her hands.
This starts a long journey to a far away island where magic doesn't exist except for this girl. Along the way the three tribes gather around her, fearful that the humans would find out and seek to kill her. Really good fantasy with plenty of magic and even a dragon.
That said, this book is very dense. Long paragraphs tend to give me eye strain so it took me longer to read than normal. Another downside for me was the amount of tell vs. show. I would have enjoyed letting my imagination run wild a bit more. Finally, each paragraph is told from a different character's POV and there was a good amount of overlap.
The main character, Soryn, is doing a creditable job in her fate, working to use her magical abilities to shape her future. A lot is expected of her, and she has great trust issues, but they are understandable.
Frequent changes in tense and the unusual formatting sometimes made it difficult to read the ebook. Because many of the paragraphs were large, the two spaces used to indent each paragraph was insufficient to differentiate each one. The omniscient point of view was a bit confusing at times, as it drew in close to one or another character. Still, the world-building was good and the characters engaging.
The author does a great job of bringing the reader into the story and making us feel for this girl. She is wholly unique, and instead of a blessing that feels like a curse. She is trying to learn about herself in a hostile world and understand what her place is. There was some sexual content in the story, but nothing overly done or in bad taste. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this author and following up to see what else she has in store. Great read!
That being said, the time spent inside Soryn's head was decently written. So this is a matter of taste.
There are a lot of sub-plots. This is another matter of taste. A lot of people liked, the movies DARK KNIGHT and WATCHMEN so sub-plots piled upon sub-plots are popular, but it gets me confused. I kept having to stop reading to remember something that happened earlier. I believe this might have been me, not the writing, as I've had that feeling in highly praised books before (As well as the two movies I mentioned). However, the author didn't not help me by not having chapters. I tend to flip back and forth in long books to jog my memory. I couldn't do that with this book because there were no chapters. There were breaks, when switching POV but no actual chapters.
The theme, a character, Soryn, has always been different and as she comes of age discovers her destiny, is a classic. It was handled well and I could get into Soryn's character even with everything I mentioned above.
Personally, I give it two stars, but I'm adding a star as I know many, many people that enjoy the things in it that I didn't like. So don't come up to me at COMICON demanding to know how I couldn't like DUNE and DARK KNIGHT.
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This was a very unique fantasy story and when I say fantasy I mean epic and high. Not for those who only like a little magic in their tales.Read more