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About the Author
In all but one career aptitude test Rebecca Gomez Farrell has taken, writer has been the #1 result. But when she tastes the salty air and hears the sea lions bark, she wonders if maybe sea captain was the right choice after all. Currently marooned in Oakland, CA, Becca is an associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her short stories, which run the gamut of speculative fiction genres, have been published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Pulp Literature, and Typehouse Literary Magazine among others. Maya’s Vacation, her contemporary romance novella, is available from Clean Reads. Her next short story will appear in the Future Fire this fall, and she is thrilled that her debut novel will be published by Meerkat Press in 2017.
Becca’s food, drink, and travel writing, which has appeared in local media in CA and NC, can primarily be found at her blog, the Gourmez. For a list of all her published work, fiction and nonfiction, check out her author website at RebeccaGomezFarrell.com.
- File Size : 3179 KB
- Print Length : 320 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B074P4RCJ8
- Publication Date : August 22, 2017
- Publisher : Meerkat Press, LLC (August 22, 2017)
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,313 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The world the author created feels real, far away, and long ago. The Lanserim prince, Janto undergoes a coming of age physical and mental training with a leader who beguiles his charges with his magic. He is a good young man who aspires to live up to his father’s ability to rule. At the same time Janto’s betrothed, Serra, less than willing goes along with training by the Brothers who are determined she help fulfill the prophecy. The reader can well identify with her resistance and puzzlement regarding their designs on her and her struggle with the decision to accept the Brothers’ claim of her destiny. In the end it seems a snap decision made without warning. In fact, I thought she’d been kidnapped.
Vesperi is Medua and deliciously detestable. She eschews good manners and kindness, expecting a real man to treat her roughly. She believes she’s worthy of ruling, but she has a brother born with physical and mental disabilities her father thinks should take the throne. I am surprised Vesperi didn’t arrange for him to meet with an accident as she is capable of cold-blooded killing and detests caring for her brother. She views Lanserim people as fools initially but grows to appreciate their kindness as she works with them to fulfill the prophecy, but not quite enough to become likable.
I don’t see this novel as YA and not because it has sexual references. Vesperi and the men training with Janto make crude comments. I don’t know what limitations are on this genre, but it seems naïve to think young adults haven’t heard or can’t handle sexual references. The reading is not easy as much rich description is folded into an action sentence making it long and harder to parse. Further, there are many invented names for plants, animals, titles for various roles, territories, and sub societies. It is always clear what category a word pertains to. A reader doesn’t need to know what a snevin looks like or eats if it’s on the menu or bites your leg, but deducing the categories slows down the read. It is YA in the sense that the young adult is more likely to be partial to magic and fantasy or at least that is my guess.
I found myself warming to the book as I read. Serra was the most complex character and my favorite. Janto was a clean good man. Vesperi was interesting if not likable. The different threads of the book came together for a satisfying ending.
I would place this book on the shelf next to Anne Aguirre, Veronica Roth, Christopher Paolini, and Ally Condie. Being a former middle grades English teacher, Wings Unseen would have been on my recommendation list and if any of those former students come knocking, I would not hesitate to tell them about Wings Unseen.
What the author does best, from my reading, is bring this book to a swelling apex, and then leave us with just enough to ensure that there can be another entry. This hint at future events does not detract from the book itself in the way that some other titles do. Farrell also proves more than capable of inventing her own place for us to visit and writes in adeptly about these this new place in the way that accomplished science fiction writers can.
If you are looking for something in the avenue of fantasy and young adult literature, with an insatiable readability, I would suggest this book for you.
My review was based on an advance copy.