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Tempest Child Paperback – May 27, 2011
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Princess Skyla, the protagonist of Tempest Child, is no shrinking violet. She's been training all her life to fight for her kingdom. She's been training to become Queen. At 17, she's at the age when her father is about to marry her off. His idea of a husband is different from hers, but it's not like she's had time to find love on her own. All that goes by the wayside when the Kingdom is suddenly in danger and it's up to Skyla to save it.
And that is where the kicking butt comes in.
It used to be that I read primarily mystery and thriller, not fantasy. Laura Eno has turned me into a fantasy reader. Her characters are multi-dimensional and different from each other (you won't get them confused!) and her worlds are complex and well thought out. In Tempest Child there are five worlds, counting Skyla's home. Each is totally different. Each is dangerous. Each could kill her.
I wouldn't mind reading more adventures with Skyla. I give Tempest Child by Laura Eno a rating of Hel-of-a-World because she's created not one, but five, fabulous worlds.
While I think that the premise of this novel had the makings for a great story and while certain parts of this novel really shone, unfortunately Tempest Child wasn't quite what I had hoped it would be. My biggest issues, and I'm sure this won't be a shock to any of you, is with the character and relationship development.
While admittedly, there is development that goes on particularly in regard to Skyla's character - she definitely isn't the same person at the end that she was at the beginning - there just was not a very strong connection with her on my part. She isn't a character that held a lot of depth and interest for me. Her mother's death, her fears of ruling a kingdom, her role of "reluctant hero" in addition to the myriad of other things that befall her, all provide great opportunities to really dig deep into her character - to really create that emotional connection. But I don't feel like these instances are really capitalized on. Instead, despite the development that does occur, Skyla just remains a very all-on-the-surface character to me.
Interwoven with the character issues is the relationship development. The two relationships that I thought Eno establishes well are that of Skyla & Izzy (her best friend) and Skyla & her father. It is evident from the outset, what kind of relationship Skyla has with each of these characters. However, when it comes to the love interest, who shall remain nameless, unfortunately that same thoroughness is lacking. Skyla and her leading man are two people who have the potential to have some really believable, valid conflict for various, unexplainable spoiler-ish reasons. I would love to have seen more of a period of distrust and contention between them. It would have made their relationship more authentic, more exciting, more hard won. It had all the beginnings of a good romance, but instead, after an extremely brief blip of clashing wills, insta-love pretty much takes over.
Story-wise, the plot is fairly interesting. It's fast-paced and full of adventure -- a pretty simple storyline of the Hero's, or in this case the Heroine's, journey or quest. I did feel like some of the twists, turns, and revelations came off as a tad anticlimactic, and at others I wondered if it had lost it's way a bit. But as Skyla finds herself catapulted from one perilous situation after another, it did keep my nose glued to my Kindle, and that's saying something.
Where Eno really shines in Tempest Child is her world building of the four elemental kingdoms. She creates these gorgeous, detailed dreamscapes with such vibrant descriptions. Sometimes it's hard to imagine fantasy worlds, because sometimes they are just so far out there. But from an ethereal, star-filled cave, to beautiful floating islands in an endless sky, to plains of molten fire, I had no problem imagining the landscapes through which Skyla and her companions had to travel thanks to Eno's wonderful, evocative descriptions.
Overall, Tempest Child was a bit of a mixed bag for me - the character development and romance being somewhat lackluster, but the world and story interesting enough to keep me engaged until the end.
Review Score: 5 STARS!
By Laura Eno
Monday through Friday I write with occasional departures into reading the next book on my Kindle. Mostly, the books are set in the Regency or Victorian period. Then when I get home at night I'll read before going to bed. Thereby leaving the weekend for watching TV and editing my WIP.
Every very long once in a while I'll stumble across a book that holds my attention so strongly that all I want to do is read, read, read and continue reading until I finish the book. To the extent that even my favorite TV shows take second place to the book.
A few days ago on Ciara Knight's blog, [...], I was pointed to such a book, Tempest Child by Laura Eno. Having taken Ciara's suggestion in the past I knew I wouldn't be disappointed in this one. Little did I realize though that this book took me over.
I started the book Friday evening at work and continued after getting home. Forced only to stop when fatigue overtook me. Then came Saturday. The day when I edit. Yes, I was able to get the editing done and finish writing a proposal. Even before dinner I sat down and started up again reading the story.
I've not and have never been a real big fan of, for lack of a better genre term Otherworld. Tempest Child reads that genre but also not.
The story revolves around Skyla, a Princess and future Queen, and her search to find herself and along the way the one thing she truly wants. True Love.
That's all I'm going to say about the book.
I give Tempest Child an amazing 4 collies, one sheltie and a collie puppy.
For those new to my grading that equals 4 ¾ points out of five.