donderdag 1 maart 2012

Tara Maya - Initiate

Title : Initiate
Series : The Unfinished Song # 1
Release date : December 22, 2010
Publisher : Misque Press
Genre : Fantasy


Dindi can't do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Test during the Initiation ceremony. The problem? No-one in Dindi's clan has ever passed the Test. Her grandmother died trying. But Dindi has a plan.

Kavio is the most powerful warrior-dancer in Faearth, but when he is exiled from the tribehold for a crime he didn't commit, he decides to shed his old life. If roving cannibals and hexers don't kill him first, this is his chance to escape the shadow of his father's wars and his mother's curse. But when he rescues a young Initiate girl, he finds himself drawn into as deadly a plot as any he left behind. He must decide whether to walk away or fight for her... assuming she would even accept the help of an exile.

Initiate by Tara Maya is the first novel in the Unfinished Song Series and I have to say I liked it. She created a fantasy world where pixies, faeries and humans live among each other; of course the difference between the species is huge.

Dindi is a girl from the Lost Swan tribe and dreams about becoming a Tavaedi, a member of a secret society of magical dancers. But in order to become one she has to pass the Initiation tests. The first step has come; she and several others are taken from their home and are on their way to the tribe where the tests will start.

Kavio is a young warrior, a Tavaedi, but is exiled after found guilty of using his powers when he should have. But his conviction was not exactly fair and he is determined to prove his innocent, hopefully with the help of the other tribes.

I have to say that this novel is well written and very enjoyable to read. At first I was a little sceptic because some of the main characters are very young, but the storyline is so well written that it makes sense why they are so young.

Dindi, Gwenika and Kavio are definitely my favourite characters, probably because those three characters are the outsiders of the group and the ones who have lots to loose in their journey.

I wasn’t too happy with the little spoiler at the end of the book, but luckily for me I have the next novel waiting for me to read. Hopefully it will give me some answers I seek.


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