Strait’s science fiction adventure follows the life of a girl with a prophetic birthmark through her training in the deadly arts and her ability to become invisible until she must pass her final test among the dangers and wonders of Trouganda.
Nakiata is only a baby girl when her distinctive birthmark is recognized as matching the one described in an ancient prophecy written over a millennium ago.
Fearing the worst, her parents flee the elders of their community and find solace in the small village of Jin.
It is there that Nakiata begins her training, the first ever by a woman, in the deadly art known as Shadow of Thought.
Over time and after years of intense, single minded training, young Nakiata emerges as the greatest Shadow of Thought warrior ever known. She must now face her final test, one given to her by her Master and one that only she can complete.
She is deadly fast, she is unseen and she is a cold-blooded killer, but she must now face dangers, mysteries and death in the threatening world of Trouganda.
I wanted to love this book. It sounded really great.
I loved that the main character, was female and she had an important destiny.
I could tell right away she was going to be a strong character and honestly I think we need more of those.
I didn’t love the authors writing style. I couldn’t lose myself in this book. There was no getting lost in the pages because the words just flowed so well.
Instead I was constantly jarred out of the pages from too much detail, and writing I couldn’t connect with.
The author left nothing to the reader to fill in, which personalizes the story.
There is almost no emotion until the last part of the book.
No tears, no fear, almost no laughter, no physical emotion such as hugs or even a handshake.
A mother has to watch her daughter leave to fulfil her last test, not knowing whether she will see her again and if she does how long that could take.
Yet she sheds no tears. She bows and lets her go on her merry way.
Sorry, that just does not seem to be realistic regardless of what species a character might be.
All that said, there were many good points to be found.
I loved Nakiata and I felt like she really started to grow up as the book progressed.
But my favourite characters were the Arkouda. I loved they could hide their entire city and it’s people through magic.
Almost Avalon like.
The brief time Nakiata was with the Arkouda might have been what put the rating up. This is where we start to see a spark of emotion. Laughter and even a hand shake.
I can see potential for this series. As well as the right reader being able to love it.
I love the story line and have hope for the characters and the curiosity to continue .
I’m going to cross my fingers and hope it gets better.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.