A heartwarming story of a young girl, Kiva, as she matures and follows her dream - challenging the traditions of the past along the way. Action, mystery romance, and humor made this story an easy and thoroughly enjoyable read. As well as the unusual and intriguing creatures. YA Fantasy at its best.
The reader is taken on Kiva’s journey as she prepares to become a Windwalker - a protector of the people - and as she bonds with one of the raptors, known as kiraeens.
The author has a wonderful way of writing, and the scene setting in this novel was done in a clever and beautiful way. It was easy to visualize the markets in Kiva’s world, see her climbing stairs, racing through crowds and confronting her challengers. Two examples -
Her mouth watered at the smell of roasting meat, mingled with the floral scents of alshaysha smoke and incense…
The varied, hollow beat of drums and high pitched jingle of hand symbols competed with loud laughter and spirited conversation, as small children danced before the performers.
And the language of Kiva’s people was peppered throughout the story, adding another dimension to the worldbuilding.
I must admit it was funny to recognize traits of the characters. For example, reading how Kiva’s mother called her by her full name when she was in trouble. It was reminiscent of my childhood. When Mum called me by my full name, I knew I was in for it.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves to read adventure Fantasy, YA Fantasy, stories about other people, cultures and imaginative creatures. Even if you haven’t read fantasy before, this is definitely worth the read. It might convert you.
Yeah this book was great, amazing, awesome, terrific and just so horribly good!!
We are introduced to Kivanya, Kiva to her family. She has two older brothers, Mica and Amir, who she constantly battle with to prove that she is better than them, especially Amir. Because of this upbringing, she isn't the typical female. She doesn't like weaving, she doesn't sing or do those "womanly" things they are suppose to do. Her biggest dream? To be a windwalker. Yeah she has to bond with a kiraeen. Dragon like creatures.
But the problem? Traditions says that no woman is ever allowed to become a windwalker. So what does Kiva do? Ignores them all and takes up the challenge in secret.
But, by doing so she sets off a chain of events that could harm her and her family. If Kiva is to prove to her people that women are capable of doing a man's job, she has to prove to them why that is so. And she does this with the help of another fellow windwalker, Jonah, who also believes there must be a change.
But Kiva will have to go through many dangers and life threatening situations to achieve her goal. Can she succeed ? What if she does? Can the people accept her ? Will they break off centuries of traditions just for her sake?
Terrific read, the pace was well done and the story was executed very well! Definitely worth picking up :)
Recieved a copy from the author himself, for an honest review, thank you!