The Unfinished Song: Initiate
on Feb. 25, 2012
The world building is fantastic. I've been meaning to write a review for this for a while but it always comes back to this. Tara Maya created a lush and vivid world, full of very human characters, art, music, dance and magic. If any of that sounds interesting to you, read the hell out of this book. Read the whole series. It's engaging, fun and interesting.
I'm not big on fairy tales or hard fantasy and this is both of those but done in a very interesting way. It's not a fairy tale in the way that The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is, but rather an ancient tribal version of Charles DeLint. The Fairies aren't Tinkerbell, they are wild magic that causes problems for the protagonists but helps them too, a little, kind of. Also, I've never been a fan of dance, which plays a prominent role in this story, but the other aspects of the story were so strong and well written that I enjoyed even the bits I didn't expect to.
Tara Maya is giving a good name to self published e-book authors.
You are seriously missing out if you're looking for a smart read and choose to pass this up.