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The Unfinished Song - Book 1: Initiate (Young Adult Epic Fantasy Series)

The Unfinished Song - Book 1: Initiate (Young Adult Epic Fantasy Series) [Kindle Edition]

Tara Maya
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3304 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Misque Press; 1 edition (22 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4XE5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,528 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars YA fantasy with a different setting to the norm 15 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Initiate, by Tara Maya, is a young adult fantasy book with a difference. It is the first in a series with overall title The Unfinished Song. Unlike some of the standard fantasy settings – such as medieval era swordsmen or contemporary vampires – Tara has placed her story in a Stone Age context. So life is at a tribal subsistence level, and there is no writing, and virtually nothing one would describe as technology. Coming from my own preferred Late Bronze Age setting, this had a refreshing simplicity and directness.

Tara has deliberately not geographically located the tale, but to me it has a Central American feel, with a mix of arid and fertile land, forest and plain, and transport routes between the tribes often following rivers.

The premise of the magic is not exotic herbs or complex spell-casting, but forms of dance. These are tailored to the situation, and differ between men and women as well as the desired outcome. It is a mixture of sympathetic magic, symbolic power and actual connection with the unseen world. There are distinct echoes of George MacDonald’s flower fairies – not the simple pretty ones of modern poster art, but the darker and more mysterious ones of his fantasy fiction.

As befits a young adult book, the story revolves around a coming of age initiation ceremony. The story follows various groups of initiates as they head towards the traditional holy place, a set of concentric stone circles. Along the way we get insight into back-stories by means of visions or direct recollection.

The story is young adult – intimacy or violence is touched delicately rather than in detail, and characters are clear-cut in motivation and personality. It is also only the first in a series, so ends on something of a cliffhanger.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good 6 Mar 2014
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i taught it was good but i wish there had of been more of how he was exiled it just seemed kinda rushed to me but ok non the less i wouldnt see myself going out of my way to buy the second book though just as good the next one was free im looking forward ti reading it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to understand 17 Feb 2014
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The book was hard to get into and I found it confusing. Too many characters were introduced and I didn't see where the story was going. It had good potential but isn't as good as I had first hoped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 12 Feb 2014
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The characters are so real and what a wonderful way to distinguish between them - tribes and dance, magic and unfulfilled passions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Initiate 24 Dec 2013
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Dindi is a young woman who dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, but cannot do anything right and prefers spending her time dancing with fairies. Kavio is a power Warrior-dancer who is exiled from his home for a crime he did not commit. I just could not get on with Initiate as I did not care much about what happened to the characters, and the plot was a bit confusing. If you enjoy fantasy books with fairies in, I would recommend Winter Queen by Amber Argyle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good read would recommend 24 Nov 2013
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i honestly thought this book to be very easy reading enjoyable and would recommend this bokk for reading a quick read
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2.0 out of 5 stars Struggled with this book 6 Oct 2013
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I read the first four chapters and gave up, couldn't really see where the story was going, I am sure there are people that will love this book so give it a try but it wasn't for me I found it totally boring!
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