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Tara Maya has lived in Africa, Europe and Asia. She's pounded sorghum with mortar and pestle in a little clay village where the jungle meets the desert, meditated in a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas and sailed the Volga river to a secret city that was once the heart of the Soviet space program. This first-hand experience, as well as research into the strange and piquant histories of lost civilizations, inspires her writing. Her terrible housekeeping, however, is entirely the fault of pixies.
on April 22, 2014 :
I haven't written a review for Tara Maya's books until now, and I'm kind of glad I did. Two of my critiques in the earlier books were 1) what do all these terms MEAN?! I need a glossary! and 2) Who's related to who, which clan belongs to which group?!
But now, having read the third, I realize that Tara Maya is intentionally weaving in (see what I did there, fans?) the intricacies of the above questions, filling in more and more pieces to the puzzle. So I wouldn't change a thing, aside from an occasional spelling error.
I have been hooked since the first book. You know you've come across a great series and author when you feel passionately for each of the characters - you root for your heroes, cheer for their successes, feel sad for their losses, and most importantly, get frustrated with their personalities, which is realistically written. While it's a "fairy tale," the realness of humanity (flaws and all) shine through.
As for Sacrifice, I felt alot of movement and clarity take place. Like the other books, I read it in two days I could not put it down. As previous reviewers have said, Tara Maya leaves you wanting MORE!!! Can't wait to read the next one!
***This review will also be put on Amazon***
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Dec. 24, 2011 :
As she did in the previous novels in this series Tara Maya had me hooked and kept me that way the entire time. I'm loving this series, the culture she has created has depth which is often lacking in other books of this genre. Instead of a simple overview you learn more and more about the customs and culture as the book progresses. The story fits seamlessly together I only wish I wasn't left longing for Kavio and Dindi, will they ever be allow to love? Avoiding common situations in one thing but keeping these two apart is becoming painful. I'm looking forward to the next one, the only thing lacking is that there isn't more for me to read, Ms. Maya, please hurry with the next book, or send me some chapterS to proof I NEED MORE!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)