Title: Rise of the Sparrows
Author: Sarina Langer
Publication Date: April 28th 2016
I received a review copy from the author. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
Growing up homeless and orphaned in a town that hates her, Rachael must assassinate the king of Rifarne to become queen to a people who once wanted her dead. Rifarne is a country opposed to magic. When its people demand harsh action, King Aeric sees himself with no other choice but to outlaw those with the gift. Rachael, who possesses the rare gift of a Seer, soon finds herself with visions of her own violent death. When her escape goes wrong and she ends up in the clutches of a vicious Mist Woman lusting for her blood, she finds she is the only person who can stop the war against people like her – and assassinating the king to take his throne may well be the only way to do just that.
I thought this would be an enjoyable read and also hoped it would have a unique twist on the standard YA fantasy tropes and it does. The main character is ‘The Sparrow that sees ahead’ , a Seer, in fact the only one of her time, destined to assassinate the King who has outlawed all people with magical abilities often putting them to death. Will she rise to the challenge and fulfill her destiny?
I enjoyed the overall storyline and liked Rachael. the main character mostly because she was no simpering heroine but a level-headed, strong and opinionated person who despite this prophecy, still gets to thin for herself and make decisions. Also, she doesn’t have the most powerful magic in terms of destructive quality, and the gift she has, she has to learn how to access, control and use it. I also liked her self-less side and how she sticks her neck out for Cephy, the younger girl who has the ability to control and wield fire. She did this even at the risk of losing her own life.
The plot is pretty simple and straightforward and mostly predictable and the pacing is even with moments of intrigue and conflict. I never really felt as though the heroine was in any real danger though which took away some of the angst and excitement.
Overall, Rise of the Sparrows was a good first novel in a series with room for character development but with a lot of potential which I hope to see realised in the sequels to come.
About The Author
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