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Book three, Sacrifice, picks up right after the peace envoy and the shunned they have saved from Bluewaters Clan have arrived back at the Golden Bear tribe lands. (Unlike its predecessor which picked up exactly where it had left off in the first book) It wasn't so far removed from the previous novel time wise so I really didn't feel lost or anything. Again as in the previous two books we see the story through multiple sets of eyes, Dindi, Rthan, Brena, Kavio, to name a few. I really enjoyed this as it gave the reader (ME) a chance to get into more than just the main characters head. It also helped to show why there was so much misunderstanding between certain characters. Although sometimes it made me want to reach into the book and just shake Dindi or Kavio and scream at them to just say what they're thinking, because it would have made things easier for both of them.
Dindi is still being trained in secret by Kavio. He has given her hope though, that if she keeps dancing and learning the Tamas that maybe she will gain some magic. She is still basically an outcast from her people. They still think she is a misfit and useless. It gets so bad that the other initiates decide she will be "duck" of that year. Being the "Duck" means that basically they all band together and torture and pick on her relentlessly. They actually consider it good luck if the "Duck" takes his or her own life instead of dealing with them anymore. The elders turn a blind eye to it because it is an initiation rite that has taken place for generations.
Rthan and Brena still find themselves separated by their clans hatred for each other. But now Rthan knows exactly who in her clan killed his wife and child, so the revenge he wanted so badly in the first book seems as if it is almost in sight for him. Especially since the man who did it is now the war chief of Brena's tribe.
Gwenika, Dindi's only friend, has finally stopped making herself sick with her own chroma,and has even started to step out from her mother and sister's shadows and become a healer. Unfortunately Gwenika makes more than one foolish decision that leads to her betraying Dindi completely and outing her actions to the entire tribe.
This story drew me back into Maya's Faearth completely. I was a bit worried about that since I read books one and two back in June of last year and sometimes I find it hard to get back into a series. Maya, however, didn't disappoint. I found I still actually care about her characters. I did spent most of the book waiting for Dindi to finally get the recognition she deserved. The ending broke my heart. There are suppose to be 12 books all together in this series. This is only book three so I knew while I was reading two things, one it was gonna be a cliffie and two that obviously not everything would be resolved in a neat little package at the end of the story.
Well first, I was right about the cliffie. Although it is a bit of a steeper drop off then the second book, it is not a complete cut as with the the first. Second, while there were some happy endings for some of the characters and huge questions were answered regarding Dindi and the Corn Maiden, as well as a few other points in the book coming to a close, not everything was neatly ended. In fact most of the answers about Dindi lead to more questions, which will I assume lead perfectly into book 4. (which fortunately I have in my greedy little hands to begin reading as soon as I finish writing this part of the review!!) I think on the whole though that those who have read the first two books will definitely get some satisfaction out of this one.
I think that it is a bit darker than the first two. Especially in some of the scenes with the Corn Maidens memories. But nothing so bad as to deter me from wanting to read more.
The only main problem I had with this book was during the war scenes. ***Spoiler alert-not a major one, but still kinda spoilish*** The view point switched back and forth between a few of the characters, as it had in the rest of the book. The problem was that when it switched to another characters point of view it just seemed off. There are sections where one character sees another in battle, and then when it switches to that characters point of view it seems they are doing something completely different. I also kind of wondered how during the entire battle and afterwards Kavio seems to have forgotten completely about Dindi. I understand he is fighting a battle and his best hope of protecting her is to end it as quickly as possible so he can get to her. But even after the battle is over he seems to have completely forgotten about her. The timeline at this point also becomes a bit confusing. Dindi was suppose to dance for three days and it seems as if the battle has only taken one, maybe two if you count the cleaning up that was done afterwards. It's seemed to be implied that Kavio simply lost track of time in the battle and that it lasted longer than he remembered. But then how come it seemed to last a shorter time for the rest of the characters as well?***end spoiler*** That honestly was my biggest issue with the book, but I am so enthralled with Maya's world that she has created and the people she has populated it with that I can't help but let it slide.
So warning you might get confused at the war scenes. Just a heads up as you go into reading the book. Maybe if you expect it you won't get that annoyed with it and can just enjoy the rest of the story. Also maybe if you expect it going in, you can maybe find a part that I might not have gotten? That makes the whole timeline make more sense? If so please feel free to tell me. I would rather feel stupid for having missed something, then have something take away from any of my enjoyment of the book.
I HIGHLY recommend this book (and the two that come before it: The Unfinished Song: Initiate and The Unfinished Song: Taboo). The intricately woven plot is filled with danger, romance, betrayal, friendship, redemption and adventure. Populated with complex characters--you will find yourself hating them in one chapter and then rooting for them in the next--this completely engrossing series will grab hold of you and not let go.
Amazon offered the first book for free a few weeks ago. I read it in a day and purchased the next two in quick succession. I get tons of free books on my kindle (I have hundreds) so it has to be an amazing book to spur me to actually purchase the next one. I finished this book (Sacrifice) a week ago and though I've read several other books since, this is the one that has stayed with me.
There are a few extremely minor editing problems in this book, but they do not detract from the story.
Being book three in a twelve book series, you are wondering if this ends in a cliff hanger? I'll try to answer that question as vaguely as possible. (POSSIBLE SPOILER alert)*********** Many of the questions raised in the first two books are answered in this one. As the book progresses to the end, it appears that everything will be neatly wrapped up, and much of it is. Then, one big whopper of a storyline is opened up, which, at first, frustrated me. I was actually angry at the author and wished she had foreshadowed the turn of events a little. Perhaps she did but I missed it as I sped through the book. The very last chapter, however, left me totally intrigued and I see all sorts of delicious possibilities for future episodes of this series. (END of possible spoiler)*******
I will definitely read the rest of the series. I cannot wait to see where Tara Maya takes this fascinating story.
Talk about action packed! We see a lot of movement as many of the players stories wind toward the climax, their individual stories artfully crafted together weaving the momentum of the main plot. Without spoiling the actual events, all I can say is this is the best in the series so far! Book one left me with an appreciation of the author's skills but I could have left the series without thinking twice, book two made me glad that I continued but still I had a feeling that I was in for a long ride with the 12 part series, but this one! This one made me gather my snacks and power up the back up battery, since this is going to be an enjoyable, fun ride!
I love this series! I got the first book in a 6 book fae sampler set and as soon as I finished it I bought the next and continued until I had read all 6 that are currently available (in less than a week). It's hard to rate each book individually since they ran together so seamlessly and I read them one after another so it's hard to recall where one ended and the next began. Still I know I loved each one. I'm so bummed that the series is not complete and there will be a lot of waiting in my future but I'm confident they will each be worth the wait.
I've really enjoyed reading these books. I have one real complaint. I think that all books should be their own stories, that follow the arc of a story. They should all have a beginning, conflicts, a climax then a resolution. This is one big story cut into pieces. They end right in the middle of what feels like the climax but in hindsight is just one of the conflicts. Each book should stand alone, so that you could pick up any book in the series. You cannot do that with these books.
Like one other reviewer, I got the first book free and then HAD to buy the next books in the series. I have a lot of free books, and I don't typically do this. OK, I have NEVER done it before! So the books have to be AMAZING to have this effect on me. And they are. I love that the books pick up where left off from the previous, with minimal "back story" fill in (too much always annoys me). The characters are rich, we experience their lives and struggle with their decisions. I just love these books.
What I like about the story is the writer's imagination to create a place that is interesting. The characters and beings are believeable and the stories with each one has good continuity. For people with a spiritual practice the book is stimulating as it expands the world of the unseen. JS
This entire series captivated me. I found it to be so imaginative and sweet. The little outcast girl who is secretly powerful. I love books that can take me away from reality and this series definitely did..the only thing I do not like is how long it is taking for the next book to emerge. hurry up already, I would like to read it :)
loved this story as each book takes you on the journey where a young woman finds her way and her heart a great read to those who love adventure mystery and love wrapped in the pages of there stories and don't forget magic and the mean girls/ boys clicks are present as well enjoy I did
Wow! I finished this book in one night and day, still working a 10 hour shift. I could not put this book down. I absolutely have fallen in love with Dindi and Kavio' s story. This is a very well written and has a great flow. I cannot wait to start book 4! Thank you Tara Maya for the wonderfully captivating story!