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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review of The Unfinished Song Book 1 Initiate

The Unfinished Song Book 1
Tara Maya
Misque Press 2010
ISBN 9780983107316

  The Initiation ceremony is the key to the ultimate power or could it mean death? Dindi is determined to become part of the Tavaedi, but she does everything wrong. This could be due to the fact she spends most of her time dancing with the pixies instead of doing what she is supposed to do. The secret magics she needs are revealed during the Initiation ceremony. Unfortunately, no one in her clan has ever passed the test. Her grandmother died trying.
   An exiled warrior in Faearth, the most powerful warrior dancer, Kavio, was forced from his clan for a crime he did not commit. He decides to leave his old life behind and escape his father's shadow and the curse of his mother. When he rescues Dindi, he finds himself drawn into much more then he may have bargained for.
   This is a wonderful story that is part fairy tale, part myth, part ancient, part new and part old. According to the author, she put in a mix of bits of everything. This is the first book in the series with much adventure to come. It is almost impossible to categorize this into one place when there is so much involved. I have to tell you, even after completing the book, I do not have all the clans straight. I do know there are seven in all; but I am certain of their individual standings. I don't even think that is important in the scheme of things. 
   There is much action and adventure going on here. I can foresee a love story coming.  We have already seen pixies, sorcery, fairies and the like. We have a cross between a fairy tale and paranormal/fantasy going on. I have to say, I was a bit nervous when the author ask me to review all four of the books that are published thus far. What if I don't like the first one? My fears were for naught because this book is well worth the read and I will be anxious to delve into Book 2 Taboo. The only thing I would have liked to seen in this book would have been a guide to unfamiliar terms and a bit of an explanation of the clans to help keep them straight. The author has quite an imagination and builds a world that is unique in it's own right. I would be remiss if I did not mention the cover. The cover is gorgeous and one of the nicest I have seen. The author is to be commended.
   I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy for reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book to review.

I give Book 1 Initiate 4 out of 5 stars

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