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Wynde (Fireheart Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 1, 2014
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About the Author
Tricia Barr is a writer and professional fan of science fiction. Her first novel WYNDE won the Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook in the 2014 Independent Publisher Awards. Her FANgirl Blog is a prominent genre-focused website with an emphasis on analyzing strong female characters and the heroine’s journey. She contributes to numerous geek websites, including Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Blog and Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu, and co-hosts the podcast Fangirls Going Rogue for RebelForce Radio. Barr also has conducted interviews and written articles for the print magazine Star Wars Insider, which recently published her two cover features on Padmé Amidala (Issue #142) and Princess Leia (Issue #144), and she provided editorial services on Del Rey’s Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion. Her short story “Mission Accomplished”—a tie-in to the novel Wynde—will be published in Athena’s Daughters, a science fiction fantasy anthology about women, created by women. A Duke University graduate and a licensed professional engineer, she has worked as a transportation engineer for over twenty years.
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1. Excellent characters both female and male. Much like the Star Wars X-Wing series this novel feels like an ensemble cast. Everyone working together, yet each individual having a distinct storyline that all comes together in the end.
2. Action + Imagery. For me world building is everything. So when a novel is able to pull me in to a new political situation, and deliver on action I'm sold.
3. It was entertaining. More often then not a lot of popular novels today are of the dystopian persuasion. I like that this story kicked off a series that provides an escape without the feeling of being dragged down. There is an element of joy you can feel in Tricia Barr's writing.
So in short. If you want something new that feels fresh, yet also like an old friend I would check out Wynde.
The plot of Wynde is full of twists and turns that will have you crossing your fingers right up until the end. It’s the great cast of characters, though, that really made me care. The main character, Vespa, is talented and intelligent, but also capable of making rash decisions because of her family issues. Her struggle in coping with the trauma of the terrorist event that opens the novel is compelling. Her friend Gemini manages to wrestle with the demons of post-traumatic stress in a forthright way, and that made her one of my favorites. The mysterious Guardian Nix Moonrider has powers that you just get glimpses of, and by the end of the book, you wonder how much more he is capable of. I’m sure other readers will have different favorite characters, there are so many great ones to choose from.
Wynde is an entertaining space opera. Barr enhanced the scifi naval/combat elements with the perfect amount of fantasy along the edges. We're introduced to a diverse group of interesting characters and a rich universe, which makes it easy to want more stories. Barr and I must love a lot of the same things, because I was delighted to find everything from sassy space pilots to horseback riding throughout the novel.
Vespa is an interesting, flawed heroine struggling with finding her own course in life. She makes mistakes. She navigates consequences with the help of her friends and family. I really liked that she WASN'T perfect or even perfectly likeable. And other characters weren't written as "bad" for not being instantly enchanted by her. That I was sometimes frustrated with her choices just showed how much I cared about her. It made Vespa feel very real and gives her room to mature and grow.
The novel's lovely little moments of attraction and pining between characters suggest that romantic resolutions will take their sweet time across several books, which I appreciate. As a queer woman myself, I just hope Team Vespa is revealed to have a sexuality spectrum.
The problem with Wynde being such a strong foundation for the broader universe is that there was a stretch in the middle where I was absorbing all of the conflicting political motivations of different characters and factions, but struggling to feel the stakes. But by the homestretch I was fully invested in the goals of at least "Team Vespa".
While Wynde has a satisfying ending, there are still plenty of threads/mysteries left to explore. I'm really interested in seeing these characters and their relationships develop over the course of several novels. No spoilers - but I need to know how some things pan out. Like, a lot.
Can't wait for the next installment!
I had a good experience with this book and if enjoy Space Opera with some touches of Fantasy, then you might find this book interesting.
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