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- ASIN : B07C2TKQPH
- Publication date : April 23, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2215 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 196 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #448,456 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Boy, am I ever so glad I did! I've never heard of this author, but he is AWESOME.
The desert atmosphere is so vivid, the action is intense, the characters are excellent, all important qualities to tell a good story, and a good story this is. It follows the journey of a sixteen year old girl determined to prove that a woman can also join a special sect of her people known as the windwalkers--protectors of the land who bond with and ride upon incredible sentient raptors.
So it seems like a straightforward YA plot, right? Young girl stands up against a male-dominant society to prove she is strong. Typically, that means she is oppressed by all males (maybe tolerated by a boyfriend) because all males are awful. Well, Kiva certainly faces the outrage and danger of angered traditionalists, but she is hardly without support from both men and women.
But this book throws away some common tropes. Kiva actually has living parents who support her. Initially, she thinks in typical teenage immaturity that there's no way her family would understand or would help, but she finds out she's wrong. She finds out her "overbearing" mother is actually a strong woman who loves her fiercely. That her dad is proud. She has two brothers who also love her (even if they have mixed feelings about her boldness). There are disagreements and struggles in the family, but they are FAMILY and they will stand by one another. This incredible and highly rare example of family strength and love is one thing I love in this book.
Another thing I love is Jonah. A highly talented young windwalker who immediately sees that if it's possible for a girl to become a windwalker--then heck yeah, she should be trained! There is an oncoming threat, and he sees in her something special. He doesn't hesitate to begin training her in secret and takes quite a bit of joy and pride in seeing her succeed. He's such a dear...charming, impish, confident in his own strength and skill but never once trying to lord himself over Kiva.
The kiraeen (the bird/dragon/griffin creatures) in this book are another delight. The flying scenes are so epic, and once a bond is struck, the rider and creature share each other's thoughts, leading to some humorous interactions.
This is clean YA fiction, perfect for girls or boys. And I love the fact that it was written by a male author...his respect and admiration for female strength in this story is honestly a bit humbling. :)
Shades of Pern and Dune managed to combine into an interesting World and plotline. I could have wished for a longer book for the first in the series, but this one still managed to set things up acceptably for the next book. The ending was satisfying, although the bad guys are just beginning to become a major danger to the society.
I am intrigued enough that I'll likely continue with the series.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Windwalker: Forbidden Flight takes place in the Aeternum Chronicles world, but many years before the events of the first book, Recreance. You do not need to read the series to enjoy this novella.
Final Rating: 5 Stars
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What she doesn't bargain on is the sidi (leader) of the sect's unbending nature, and the necessity that is reality. As she begins her illicit training, she learns of a great threat to the Bowl she lives in.
This is a fun story that is quick and easy to read. It was good to see a different part of the world of the Aeternum Chronicles, and I can only hope that I see more of the windwalkers in the next series novel Chambers writes. I also want to know whether the troubles this Bowl are dealing with have any bearing on the issues the rest of the world is having, as read about in the main series. Having read Anne McCaffrey's PERN series, I wondered how Chambers would deal with the bonding with the kiraeen in this story, and I felt he handled it very well, really. It was clear what was happening, he set out the rules clearly, and I wasn't disappointed.
The reader is taken on Kiva’s journey as she prepares to become a Windwalker - a protector of the people - and as she bonds with one of the raptors, known as kiraeens.
The author has a wonderful way of writing, and the scene setting in this novel was done in a clever and beautiful way. It was easy to visualize the markets in Kiva’s world, see her climbing stairs, racing through crowds and confronting her challengers. Two examples -
Her mouth watered at the smell of roasting meat, mingled with the floral scents of alshaysha smoke and incense…
The varied, hollow beat of drums and high pitched jingle of hand symbols competed with loud laughter and spirited conversation, as small children danced before the performers.
And the language of Kiva’s people was peppered throughout the story, adding another dimension to the worldbuilding.
I must admit it was funny to recognize traits of the characters. For example, reading how Kiva’s mother called her by her full name when she was in trouble. It was reminiscent of my childhood. When Mum called me by my full name, I knew I was in for it.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves to read adventure Fantasy, YA Fantasy, stories about other people, cultures and imaginative creatures. Even if you haven’t read fantasy before, this is definitely worth the read. It might convert you.
My sincerest congratulations to the author.
comfy chair, favorite cuppa beside you
and your feet up because you will ** not **
want to move before you finish this story !!
I didn't !!