- Series: World Whisperer (Book 1)
- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Small Seed Press (April 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989596176
- ISBN-13: 978-0989596176
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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World Whisperer (Volume 1)
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Having followed and enjoyed the author's blog for a while, off and on, I was intrigued to hear she'd branched out into YA, and fantasy no less, a combination I couldn't resist. I typically don't read ebooks--it drives me bonkers--but I willingly did for this book, and it was worth it. (I missed the bit about it being available in paperback since I clicked on the link to buy it so quickly.)
Things I liked:
The names. Sometimes, it seems to me, the naming conventions of fantasy can go between two extremes: A bit over-the-top or "Maeginne...wait, that's just Megan re-spelled". The names in this book found that happy middle ground and they worked.
The world. At times I wasn't completely sure if she was describing something from our world that I hadn't seen before, or if it was just explained so well that it felt real. I want to taste some of the fruits. And wear the clothes. I want to visit this world, and that is a huge recommendation from me.
Hearing from different perspectives. There's a lot going on inside all the characters. That could get a little overwhelming at times, but it also felt very real. The shift of character perspective was refreshing. I love getting those different points of view.
The characters. I got frustrated with some of them, but in a good way--because they were realistic. I also felt compassion for them, which to me is telling of whether a character is likable or not, and not just if they're nice or fill-in-good-quality-here. (You know what I mean? A character could drive me batty because they're so arrogant or selfish or other bad thing, but if that character is described well, if you get their story, and you can feel for them, they're still enjoyable to read about, even if they're not conventionally likable. That could just be me.)
It's the first in a series, so more to look forward to!
A few notes:
I did not realize it was part of a series, and so the ending came upon me unexpectedly--partly the fault of my reading the ebook format and not having spatial clues. I was quite happy to realize there is going to be more in this world with these characters.
There were a few small editing mistakes. Very minor. I've seen much more egregious errors in books published by big ol' publishing houses.
I want a map! They help soooo much with being able to place things correctly in a made-up world. Pretty-please, dear author, make a map for the next book.
I thought the intense parts and difficult issues were handled very well indeed, in a manner that makes it suitable for YA, while still being realistic. (Apparently this world was very REAL to me, judging by the number of times I've used that word and 'realistic' in this review.)
The only reason I didn't give this five stars is that I felt like there needed to be a bit more explanation of a few things--namely regarding some of the magic/magical beings/etc. But, I also think that those things will be brought up in future books, and, if I had actually paid attention and realized sooner that it was the first in a series, I wouldn't have been expecting an explanation in THIS book.
Again: please map!
So this is not a book I’d ever dream of enjoying. It was written for a younger audience, and I suppose it would be called fantasy or allegory.
I don’t know WHAT Amazon was thinking when they suggested this book. BUT I’M SO GLAD THEY DID! 😃
This is a story for all ages, engaging, and contains deeper Truths that adults will relate to, while kids will just enjoy the story. Narnia comes to mind as a comparable example, altho this book isn’t overtly religious like Narnia.
Themes are addressed like trauma and healing, how good people can do the wrong thing when they have been “poisoned”, listening to intuition and Spirit, as well as other issues common to a world that needs healing.
A lovely book, a beautiful story. I can’t imagine anyone being unable to find something to love about this book.
Looking forward to reading the remainder of the series.
The only drawback was that some plot points were rather predictable, but there were plenty of twists and turns that I didn't see coming, and hey, there's more to good writing and good storytelling than keeping the reader clueless for as long as possible. I loved reading this book and I plan to keep reading what Ford publishes.