Author: Janalyn Voigt
Series: Tales of Faeraven
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published By: Pelican Book Group.
The High Queen is dying… At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens. But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes. On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing’and the salvation he offers’into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.
MY TAKE ON DAWNSINGER:
I really don’t know why, but throughout the book I couldn’t stop comparing the flow of the book with that of a river- a river that flows calmly at its own pace. The book was a pleasant read. Although being a part of a series, it gave a sense of completion at the end. The fantasy world was so ethereal, so beautiful, so mesmerizing. Inspite of few points which created obstacles in making me get connected with the book, I was totally in awe with the world-building. After a very long time, I read a book which transported me completely to another world.
The story is about a very young girl- Shae, who has been brought up in a very sheltered environment. She leaves her abode for the first time in her life, when she is called by her High Queen. Facing and escaping attacks on her life, she reaches the palace. There she comes across the most important truth of her life and is given a responsibility which only she can shoulder. Fulfilling her responsibility can help saving Faeraven. In order to save her kingdom, she begins a treacherous journey to unknown lands with Kai and his group to release the DawnKing.
The main casts were well developed.
Shae is shown as a naive girl with no experience of the world beyond her home. As she comes out of her comfort zone and interacts with people around her, one can observe her metamorphosis from a shy, frail girl to courageous, determined and focused person. It doesn’t happen in a day or in a blink of an eye. The pace of transition is such that you genuinely feel it happening within the pages.
Kai is a wonderful character. Bound by duty and honour, he is a very righteous man. For him, his duty is foremost. He is a man who is ruled by his mind. As I read, I could feel the turmoil in him when his heart takes over. He doesn’t want to accept the change of feelings but he is losing his battle there. I liked the way the author dealt with his part of the story.
The other characters were also given depth in their personality.
The best part of the whole book was its descriptive writing. It was so picturesque. Each and every scene was so meticulously described that I could visualize it in my mind as I read. The author has outdone herself in this.
The events in the story took place at very apt intervals. It helped to prevent slackness. I also liked the various creatures involved. They were so mystical and so different from each other.
The book did not end at a cliff hanger. Though there is a future story, but for this book, the completion was properly done. I liked this particular piece. As a reader, I felt a sense of satisfaction after reading. I am eagerly waiting for the next book in the series, but that doesn’t mean that I have to chew my nails off for it.
The terms and the names were too out-worldly. I understand that it was a fantasy novel but such difficult terms and names hindered my bonding with the book.
The other thing which I felt was that in some places there were few missing links. In some parts of the book, I felt a need of a background story. In its absence, the story couldn’t be enjoyed thoroughly as I wanted to. For instance, I would like to know the story or reason behind Kai becoming the guardian.
I was totally awed by the world created by the author. Other than very difficult and unheard terms, the book was quite enjoyable. This book is recommended to those who love fantasy worlds and journey of self-discovery.
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