Sunday, October 19
Book Review: Reap the Wild Wind
Author: Julie Czerneda
Summary: Reap the Wild Wind turns to an earlier period in the Clan's history, before they left Cersi. At this time they are known as the Om'ray, and are divided into widely scattered tribal Clans, each of which must remain in its own allotted portion of Cersi, constrained from advancing beyond a certain point by two powerful races-the Oud and the Tikitik-that have technological and scientific advantages over them. The three races coexist based on three inviolate principles: 1) the world has always been divided this way and must remain so; 2) Passage-a once in a lifetime event when individual Om'ray are permitted to cross all territorial boundaries in search of a mate-must be honoured by all; 3) nothing on Cersi can be allowed to change.
Reap the Wild Wind opens at a pivotal moment when beings from the Trade Pact have begun to explore Cersi, upsetting the balance between the three races. It is a time, too, when young Aryl Sarc of the Yena Clan is on the verge of mastering the forbidden secret of the M'hir-a secret that could prove the salvation or ruin of her entire species . . .
My Rating: 9/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was an excellent introduction to the series, it pulled me in from the start and kept me reading frantically until the end. In fact i enjoyed the story so much, that I started read the second book almost immediately after I finished this one.
The characters were solid, especially considering this was the first book in the series, they were well fleshed out and well written, and had a steady growth throughout the story. I found there was enough revealed about them to move the story along, but a there was still a lot left out to keep me reading on and wanting more. I can't say I have a favourite character yet, but pretty much all of them make me want to keep reading, to find out more about them.
The story was rather engrossing, especially coming to the end. I love the world the author has created, the parallels and differences between the races, and their homes. The setting is written so vividly, I was able to picture the bizarre world clearly in my mind. The author has done a fantastic job at creating a very realistic alien world and I'm looking forward to seeing how these stories, connect and wrap into another series, written by the author. I'm also looking forward to some answers to the history behind these races and how everything came to how it is now. I have ideas, there have been hints, but I want more, and it looks like the next two books should give me those answers.
Overall, it was an amazing read and I'm looking forward to finishing the series.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, a great book for science fiction fans, and a good choice for those who want to dip into Sci-Fi.
What to read next: Riders of the Storm, Rift in the Sky
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Chunkster Challenge, Finish That Series Challenge
Note: This book is part of my July Reviews