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Selah J Tay-Song was born and lives in Washington State. She graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BAS major in biological sciences and a minor in creative writing. Selah wrote her first fantasy story about a unicorn when she was six years old. At age fourteen, she started writing a science fiction/ fantasy book. Since then she has drafted six books and many short stories. Dream of a Vast Blue Cavern, her debut novel, came out of an actual dream where she was crawling through narrow, dark stone tunnels, looking for something. Selah loves writing, and plans to keep doing it for the rest of her life.
on March 22, 2015 :
The Icer Princess, Stasia of Iskalon is convinced that she is close to finding V'ltruhst, a vast cavern from ancient legend that she has been Dreaming of. However, Flame King Dynat of Chraun, compelled by the Fire Spirit, has launched a war against Iskalon, intent on destroying the Icers' city and capturing all the princesses. Thrust into leadership when her family is captured, Stasia has to find the right balance between saving her people and following her Dream.
Dream of a Vast Blue Cavern (DVBC for short!) draws you into a magical world, where two races who can draw the T'Jas from cold and heat, called Icers and Flames, are pitted against each other. Humans, those without the magic of T'Jas, are unfortunately caught in between as guildsmen and assistants amongst the Icers and as slaves amongst the Flames. It feels like she might be inserting some social commentary here, but it's probably only going to be evident in the second book.
Tay-Song's writing is a pleasure to read - detailed enough to bring you into the scene at will, and yet broad enough for you to fill in the gaps with your imagination. The only thing that broke it for me in several parts were the interludes where Maia's story, set in Khell, brings in an ancient tribal-like feel that's far removed from the rest of the story. It's only towards the end when the two storylines merge does it begin to fit together. I suppose this is something like what Brandon Sanderson has been doing in the Stormlight Archives. I would have liked the interlude to have been maybe a little more connected though.
* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on June 18, 2014 :
A poetic and visual story exploring good vs evil, and the gray area in-between, through the worlds and people of fire and ice. The characters are believable, possessing layers and depth. The plot took me by surprise and my imagination felt rewarded for traveling on such a literary journey. The world building was excellent and remained strong and consistent. Superb fantasy story. Highly recommended. Now I must force myself to wait patiently for book 2!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Amanda June Hagarty
on Jan. 23, 2014 :
Superb! I was blown away by this book. I don't give such praise lightly. I love high fantasy and this is a great example of the genre. I was swept away by the story, enchanted by the intricate world created by the author, and caught up in the struggles of the characters. There was only one problem. it ended! And I have to wait for the next book!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)