When a raven drops a white feather at the doorstep on the day of your birth, it is a symbol of your destiny. You are a Whisperer a guardian of the wild. The kingdom of Meridina is under threat. When Nara and her leopard companion, Flame, receive the call to attend a Whisperers' council of war, they begin the long journey north. But signs of the shape-shifting Narlaw are everywhere. Can Nara and Flame make it to the palace or will the demons reach them first? The future of the natural world is resting on their shoulders...
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Kris grew up in Plymouth, where he spent most of his time reading books, riding around on his bike and daydreaming about writing a book himself one day. Since then, Kris has had more jobs than he cares to think about. He has been a cinema projectionist, a blood factory technician and worked at an animal sanctuary in the Guatemalan jungle. Kris has recently completed the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. He graduated with Distinction and was awarded the prize for Most Promising Writer.
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Warning Cry based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Warning Cry is a standard fantasy genre story with a young heroine (Nara) having special powers to help save the world, and clearly defined evil (the demonic, shape-shifting Narlaws) and good (everything else), but is well written and fast-paced with a fascinating magic world. I enjoyed this book as a stand-alone, and am definitely interested in reading more books in this series. With the Narlaws having been banished from Meridina for so long, people have almost forgotten the need for Whisperers to protect the land and its inhabitants. But now the evil is back, Whisperers are few and far between and Meridina is not ready. Nara and Tuanne were chosen at birth to be Whisperers. While Nara’s parents grudgingly allow her to enter training, Tuanne’s deny her destiny. Both families want their daughters to fulfil their familial duties, but it soon becomes apparent that their Whisperer calling is more important, and they are released to answer the call to the kings’ palace to help organise resistance to the Narlaws which are now laying waste to the kingdom. The magic of the Whisperers is not fully explained in this book, but seems to consist of an earth-sense and telepathy. The earth-sense is an ability to sense all life around them, and to tap into that energy to exorcise the demon Narlaws. The Narlaws are able to take on any animal or human shape, so are very difficult to identify without a Whisperers earth-sense which is revolted by their wrongness. Whisperers are able to communicate telepathically with other Whisperers and with their familiars (Nara has the leopard Flame, and Tuanne the monkey Nimbus) – but only when they are close-by – and Whisperers can also link to combine their powers to stop the Narlaws. I did like the way that the demons disintegrate when they are vanquished – a bit like vampires after Buffy has staked them – so no messy bodies to get rid of. Very helpful when the Narlaw hordes start massing for attack. For High Fantasy fans, such as myself, there is not a lot that is unique about this tale, but it is a good addition to the genre and well worth a read.