Updated: Apr 21
This week's books are also part of a series that is not yet completed. I have read the first two installments and have fallen in love with the author's world and her approach to story telling. The Book Blurb for the first book "The Healer's Rune" is below.
Three hundred years after a great war shattered the Council of Races, the warriors of Rüddan have all but eradicated their cousins, the faerie Aethel. In so doing, they decimated the Dryht sages and enslaved mortal Humanity. Now a young voice with a dangerous secret calls her people to rebel. Young Sabine, one of the Human slaves, must overcome centuries of lies and prejudice to forge an alliance among four enemy races. But what chance does Sabine have when her very existence threatens the planet?
I have read both "The Healer's Rune" and "Guardian Prince" and I will warn you that both of these books end in a cliffhanger. Not a "ARE THEY GOING TO DIE!?!" sort of cliff hanger, but a "I can't wait for the next part of the story!" cliffhanger. Personally, these sorts of things drive me nuts. I usually do not even START a series until all of the installments are out because I am a fast reader. On a good day I can complete a 150-200 page book, which is a feat when you consider I am responsible for 4 humans under the age of 6 most of the time.
That being said, I want to make a general comment about the writing of these books. The sensitivity that Lauricia Matuska gives her main character of Sabine is beautiful to read. Watching part of her personality grow, while other parts of her character are too ingrained to be shifted, is an enjoyable experience. I found myself cheering her on on several occasions. The complexity of this book works because the main character is so stable. She has her "demons" as we all do, but holds tight to the truth through the entire story.
If you are the squeamish type the opening of the first book will make you cringe. The purpose of the gruesome display was to cement the overall feeling of "total domination" that the Rüddan have over the world you are entering. Though as a writer I realized the necessity, some readers will find this piece of reading extremely unsettling and may not continue reading due to aversion. I would encourage you to keep reading OR when you get to the intense part skip a few pages. (Believe me you will not be able to miss it.) This moment is quite literally the only gruesome part of either book. Though there are some aspects of torture and fear later on, nothing reaches the intensity of the "starting action" scene.
There is not much adventure in the first book of this series, but the adventure slowly builds as you move along. The author brings you slowly through the process of a very stable character losing stability and then through events that force her to leave the comfort of that stability. In this way, I really identified with this character. For me, change is a painful and strictly avoided experience even when the situation is not good for me. In my head I was like "GIRL, same!".
When people say "slow burn", I nod my head. This is the type of romance that I enjoy the most probably because it is similar to how a real relationship is formed. When I say that these books have "the slowest burn of all the burns" I am not kidding. Striking the match of relationship in this series, takes a small eternity. If you are one to read a book for romance, this is probably not your jam. Personally, I find that the slower the burn the more satisfying it is when they get together. So I am settling in for a LONG wait...
This book has the most interesting approach to magic that I have yet to stumble across. There is a STRONG religious aspect to this book. Though God is not a speaking character as of yet, you can hear the author's Christianity shouting loud and clear. Sabine is walked through several REAL spiritual lessons that had me smiling and nodding along with the words. The author said on her website that she did not set out to write a Christian Fantasy, but there is not another title that I would give this work. It is a lovely depiction of a woman's walk with God in an intense fantasy setting.
Overall, these books captured my heart and imagination. I was pleasantly surprised to find Sabine's journey masterfully rendered in all of its "human" detail. She is a symbol of things that all of us struggle with and the intensity of her world brings out the best in her as well as her walk with God. I highly recommend these books and cannot wait until the next one comes out.
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Rating System in Order of Intensity
N - NOTHING to worry about. Read this to your infant with a clean conscience.
A - Showing some ANKLE. Perfect book for the Puritan in your life.
P - Clutch your PEARLS. Grandma may raise an eyebrow, but keep on reading.
G - Will make you GASP. Both eyebrows will be involved in reading this book.
B - This is the full BLUSH people! If you are prone to fainting you will need a fan.
DB - You must DOUBLE BLINK to clear your eyes from being contaminated. None of the books I share here should reach this rating...Thank Goodness!