Curse of the Tahira Paperback – 9 May 2009
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- Paperback : 444 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1601458391
- ISBN-10 : 1601458398
- Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.29 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : Booklocker.com, Inc. (9 May 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,702,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
A thoroughly refreshing book, utterly original, engrossing and written in an enjoyable, easy style. -- The Dream Journal, April 2009, Monique Thijssen
Smoothly written and thrilling.
-- NBD/Biblion, B. de Leeuw
Enlightening in its connection with real world values of love, honour, and camaraderie and on top of that, great entertainment.
-- Bookreview.com, Eric Jones
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The leader of these bandits, a fallen noble named Feyir, tortures Rom, bent on getting information on a leader of the Einache people in the North land. Struggling to free himself, he manages to escape the camp with an imprisoned Einache boy named Eald, who was servant to the group of thieves. When Yldich meets Rom, he begins to further reveal his magic to Rom, and Eald as well, slowly honing their gifts in preparation for the facing of a darker menace looming on the horizon. Will they manage to defeat the faceless evil? And what is the darkness enshrouding Rom's past? These are found within the pages of CURSE OF THE TAHIERA.
On the positive end of the spectrum, Wendy Gillissen is a vivid author when it comes to her characters. They each have their own personality, and the reader certainly gets to know them as if they were living and breathing beings. This was overall my favorite part of the book, as it allowed me to feel emotionally invested in the story. Rom was amazingly deep, if a bit too whiny at times, and Eald was perhaps the most entertaining character of all. His innocence really brought a lighthearted feel to the novel that was very much needed. While the age of the characters seems to either be close to the teens (Rom is 20) or incredibly far (Eald is about 8), Gillissen manages to make the characters relatable, which is definitely something to applaud.
Her descriptive passages are also very good, and day-to-day tasks are handled pretty skillfully. I managed to enjoy the descriptions of simple scavenging actions, and the bodily interactions between characters were just as fluid. The reading experience was enhanced with these subtle additions to the story, and it really made it something better than a simple fantasy novel. She also manages to bring some slight humor in by making fun of herself, though whether it's intentional or not is debatable. As not to spoil, the passage involves a frying pan and some lapsed judgment that any average reader would scoff at as being a childish misstep in the writing process; that is until they read further.
This novel is definitely one that needs attention in order to gain the full experience. One flaw in this in terms of a teen novel is that Gillissen describes a sexual scene between the hero and a love interest, which mature readers will be able to handle, but is questionable, as it describes it a little too much for the comfort level of a reader who isn't an adult and who isn't looking for that type of scene. It was used for plot development and was thankfully more of a requirement for the story than a tasteless trope, which easily allows it to be overlooked in favor of the novel's better qualities.
That being said, it also sadly does a lot of things that could have been easily avoided. The plot is very half-hearted and clichéd in so many ways, such as a nameless evil, that is was rather tiresome. This wasn't necessarily bad, but it wasn't at all surprising enough to keep me wanting to flip to the next page. Also, the pacing was difficult, as much of the novel is setting up the dream magic (which, while interesting, was sometimes confusingly described), and the action sequences, while written well, were too far between for reading ease. Back-story in relation the world was well-thought out, but bogged down reading a tad too much to be beneficial overall.
An interesting notion Gillissen had writing wise was rather intriguing, but is a little muddled in terms of whether or not to like it. Her technique involved a lot of implied speech, skipping over he/she said in favor of physical descriptions, which were welcome. However, this made reading slower, as she often described the other person in the conversation and made it frustrating in order to keep up with the action going on. Confusion only furthered when she used he/she said in other areas. This is not a negative aspect. It all just depends on a reader's preferences. This reviewer, as a reader, just prefers not to invest that much attention into the story.
Overall, CURSE OF THE TAHIERA was a different book for teens that had an interesting concept involving dreams, and is a welcome addition to the fantasy archives. Character development was wonderfully put, each distinct and troubled enough to allow major emotional investment. Description also followed in the same lines as to skill, although those who avoid any sexual scenes in books are warned of slight content within the description. It managed to fall into some large fantasy traps and was very slow for a casual teen reader. The author managed to incorporate a different conversation style in her writing that could either make or break a reader's love of the novel.
CURSE OF THE TAHIERA is a very good book that is worth a look at the very least, but could definitely improve with the sequel. Four Stars.
Reviewed by: John Jacobson, aka "R.J. Jacobs"
Together Rom, Yldich and Eald embark on a life changing odyssey as they are thrown into a new way of life, where the veil between his world and the underworld grows thinner each day, and people depend on him. Soon Rom is to learn that this spiritual journey will gain him the courage to learn things he never thought himself capable of, but sometimes uncovering buried secrets comes at a price. Will he be able to face his fears for the final battle and overcome the weight of the world that has been put upon his shoulders?
What a marvellous book. This is a coming of age, young adult tale, filled with a deep spiritual understanding, which I am positive has much to do with Wendy Gillissen's experience as a past life therapist, and her specialisation in dream-work. I found a few editing errors, such as characters "knitting their brows" one too many times, but overall the depth of Curse of the Tahiéra was so richly detailed with a structured plot, and a believable mystical setting, I found it hard to put down. It's been a long time since I've read a fantasy adventure like this and Wendy Gillissen has a style of storytelling that brims with imagination. It is layered with stories, within this story. She peppers words and expressions from the Tzanatzi /Einache languages throughout, but not in a way that distracts, as some books can. For your convenience these are explained at the back of the book, along with an artistic picture Gillissen drew of the lovable character, Rom. Personally I think this portrait is so good it needs to be moved to the front and not hidden away at the back. All in all the Curse of the Tahiéra is a clever debut novel, and the message is that with the understanding of our dreams anything is possible to achieve.
The descriptions of the people, the scenery and the customs kept my interest up throughout. The pace never let up. I actually had to deliberately try to slow down reading this as I did not want it to come to an end.
I felt I knew these people and became involved with and cared about them. I am a grandmother and feel offended to class it as a plain "coming of age" book.
To me " Catcher in the Rye" was a coming of age book.
This book was an experience that would entrance any age group, any type of person. It was beautifully written . I enjoyed the new language and the dictionary at the back of the book. Made me feel it was more realistic. I kept referring to it. I was trying to learn it.
I believe the author made the setting and the people true to life. To be honest, this book caught me up, straight away, on a whirlwind journey and I did not want it to end. Thoroughly enjoyed it!