Review of The Unfinished Song: Initiate by Tara Maya

Posted May 7, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

The Unfinished Song: InitiateThe Unfinished Song: Initiate by Tara Maya
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

DEADLY INITIATION

A DETERMINED GIRL…
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.

AN EXILED WARRIOR…
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.

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Here’s what I’m going to do. Clearly I did not finish this novel. But I’m going to review it anyway, because what I have to say is mostly good. I never hold it against an author when I read something that I don’t like. Because even though the book was not for me, the writing was clearly good. The plot was interesting and the book was fun, it just wasn’t holding my interest.

Hard to explain, but I do think fantasy lovers may enjoy it. It had faeries, magic dancing, and a story arc that looked like it was heading towards romance. It just was taking awhile to get there. I truly tried to stick with it, but my mental focus was just not there. I also know there is a second book, which may be why the plot was moving along at a slower clip than what I enjoy. And I read plenty of series, but for some reason I just couldn’t stay interested.

I know a lot of my readers are interested in these types of novels though, so I want to say that just because it wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean it won’t be for you. It was definitely readable and well-written. I can say that there were quite a few grammatical errors, and I wish the author had taken care of those, because it probably disrupted my focus even more. It’s not like it was riddled with grammatical problems, but there were a few. And normally I don’t mind one or two, but it went beyond that. I do realize that it was self-published, but I’ve read many self-published works where this did not become an issue.

I truly wish I had been able to stick with it. Being that it jumps around a lot may have had something to do with it. When I quit reading, there had already been 5 different viewpoints and the names of characters that the author decided to use were confusing to me. Maybe I’m stupid. Who knows? šŸ™‚ There was definitely a lot of work put into this book and that I can appreciate. But we all know reviewing is subjective.

I have decided to put this review up on my blog though, because I think the book is worth reading. I would never put a book up I couldn’t finish for any other reason than that. I would definitely read something else by this author. So that is something.

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