The High Queen is dying...
At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.
But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes.
On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing and the salvation he offers into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.
Fantasy, Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 342 Pages
June 29, 2012 by Harbourlight Books
Recommended Drink Parings:
Tea: Chai Tea
Coffee: Kopi Luwak Coffee
Why I Chose This Book
When Prism Book Tour offered me to review this book I agreed. I have been looking to read more Christian Fantasy. And this one definitely sounded interesting.
First Initial Thoughts
First off, I thought this was a brand new release. Not until I started writing this review did I realize that it was written in 2012. To me it read as a modern day fantasy. I do have to say in the back of the book there is a list of characters - and there is A LOT of characters. So at first it was a little hard to follow and remember who is who.
Shae is a young princess of Whellein. At the beginning of the story, we are riding with Shae up in the sky on a Wingabeast. Little does she know what’s really going on underneath her. At home her mother is dying and there are secrets about to be revealed…
Kai is a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. He is the brother of Shae. Through certain circumstances they must find Lohen Keil to release DawnSinger before the enemy destroys their land. Together with a group of men, they embark on a journey to find Lohen. On their way, they face many challenges and dangers.
The biggest factor in whether I like a Fantasy book is the world building. Janalyn gets it right. She creates such a beautiful and interesting world. She definitely made the world of Faeraven unique filled with interesting creatures and characters. It definitely is a world I would like to explore and see.
First off, this book read very poetic and descriptive. While I don’t mind this, it did get on my nerve at times because I felt the story dragged on at times because of the way she wrote. I also felt that she would be writing about a certain scene and topic and then transition into another scene - without that transition. It was a little odd and confusing at times. However, overall it wasn’t that hard to read. Just a little different.
Christian fantasy, I feel always has an underlining Christian message in their story. Because Christian Fantasy does not take place on our world, they do not share our religion and beliefs. I found in DawnSinger they had similar beliefs, such as an afterworld or heaven. The symbolism behind the story I found is eternal good vs. evil. We constantly battle every day as Christians to fight evil and pursue God. This story reminds us that in life there are temptations everywhere but through Christ we can overcome these temptations.
I really liked Shae and Kai’s characters. I felt that we could relate to them. I also wanted to ride along with them on their Wingabeasts. It reminds me of the Avatar ride in Disney World and that was a lot of fun!
Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Suspense, murder, drama and action were just around the corner in every chapter. However, I felt that certain parts of the story could have been developed better. For example, during Shae and Kai journey I felt that they just kept getting into the same situation. Once or twice is ok, but repetitive things like that annoys me a little.
Would I Recommend
Yes! I think this book would also be great for teens as it read more like a YA book. Great for adults and teens alike.
About The Author
Janalyn Voigt is a writer and professional speaker with a photography habit and a passion for travel. Her unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger, carries readers into a land only imagined in dreams. She is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary.
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Please Note: I am part of the Prism Book Tour for this book. I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.