The Unfinished Song: Initiate

The Unfinished Song: Initiate

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by Tara Maya
     
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

book blog - Octupus Ink
Wow. Holy smoking wow. This is one of the few books I've read that I can honestly say was totally, 100% original. ...Maya has done a fantastic job seamlessly blending tribal cultures, traditions, and fairy tales from across the world to bring the reader a completely unique experience. However, as unique as it is, it was insanely easy to slip into the story... and the result creates a sort of "home away from home" feeling in fiction.
book blog - Kiki Deister
Dindi was my favorite character in the story. She was both relatable and lovable with all of her issues. She was underappreciated as a person, and didn't give herself enough credit for her abilities. The way she was treated by the other members of her own tribe, as well as those she met on her path to Initiation, made me hurt for her.
book blog - The SF Reader
Such a nice book, greatly written, with a captivating story. What's more, it's world is quite refreshing for me, a mix of "tribal" cultures. The only problem is that it leaves me wanting for more. I now can't wait for the next part.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012583901
Publisher:
Misque Press
Publication date:
03/20/2011
Series:
The Unfinished Song , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
718,993
File size:
568 KB

Meet the Author

Tara Maya has lived in Africa, Europe and Asia. She's pounded sorghum with mortar and pestle in a little clay village where the jungle meets the desert, meditated in a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas and sailed the Volga river. This first-hand experience, as well as research into the strange and piquant histories of lost civilizations, inspires her writing.

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Unfinished Song: Initiate 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
vEiLeDhApPiNeSs More than 1 year ago
This is a great introduction to The Unfinished Song series, I was afraid as it was brief I wouldn't enjoy it but I was wrong, The characters are deep, the cultures Tara Maya has created are beautiful but also raw. There are intrigues that keep you reading, the wealthy poor, magic, non-magic, fae human, exile, student, teacher, pariah, hero, you meet them all and more. When you reach the end you will be thirsty for the next book. I finished this in a few uninterrupted hours and started reading Taboo right away. I'd buy this series in a heart beat and will be watching this author for more of her delicious writing.
TheSFReader More than 1 year ago
(Non native english writer, hence the short review) Initiate is the first book of an (as yet) unfinished series. This leads to the 2 only (and minor) "cons" I found with it : a BIG cliffhanger, and as I enjoyed it greatly, some frustration to see it end. It was however a GREAT read, leading me into one domain of Fantasy that is not so frequently used : tribal/ethnic fantasy. The setting is indeed a mix between pre-historic, indigenous / aboriginal. This mix, while kind of dark and gritty (mostly in undercurrents) is enhanced by a highly faerical and lighter currennt, giving a great mix. The story in itself possesses the same balance between dark and light, adventure and some kinds of romance. As a conclusion, I must say that if Balance really is the best word to describe the book, my enthusiasm regarding it was far from balanced ... And the follow-up (which I recommend also) keeps the promises of that first volume.
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Great sci fi read. I wish that the others were available for free. Will be updating my blog soon.
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Maybe it was just me but I had a really hard time reading this book. I feel like the author wrote a lot detailed fluff to make the story longer but in the end there really wasn't much there. The book didn't even have an ending. I will not buy the second book.