Book Review: The Unfinished Song – Initiate by: Tara Maya


Misque Press

Publish Date:
December 22, 2010

From Author for Review



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.

Review: The Unfinished Song series will be a total of twelve (12) books. The first four (Initiate, Taboo, Sacrifice, and Root) are currently available. I am just mentioning this so everyone is aware up front.

Initiate is our introduction into the world of Faearth, a fantastical world with magic, faeries, sprites, brownies, and other otherworldly (to us) creatures. There is a wonderful harmony about this world, intriguing characters, and a great plot! I am a huge fan of fantasy novels and this one is the beginning of an epic tale. The main character in Initiate, Dindi, is someone readers will relate to easily. She is very special, but not treated well by her age-mates or adults. The characters leap off the page and you want to move to Faearth by the time the story comes to a close!

The Unfinished Song Series: Initiate (1), Taboo (2), Sacrifice (3), Root (4), Wing (5)


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