Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sapphire Flute--A Review

The first time I saw the book cover, I was thrilled with the bright animation and the emotional portrayal depicted. I thought the wolf was something to be feared, as the girls on the cover are staring at it. So I wondered what the significance of the wolf was. The picture portrays each character in her own right, but not a summary of any scene.

It is a story that brings to life two girls whose destinies are shaped and led by the Guardians who watch over their world and keep order to all magic.
Poor little Shandae—given the name of Ember to protect her from the forces that seek to destroy her—is thrown into the depths of peril from the moment she is born. Evil haunts her for the very power she later learns she possesses. Good fights to keep her under strict protection, as well as the order of wolves--the Bendanatu--do. They teach her the ways of her true blood.
Kayla is a talented musician that manipulates magic with the sounds of her flute. She enamors an entire kingdom with her skill. The king seeks her favor, and charges her to guard a very special and powerful keystone of blue magic—the Sapphire Flute.

The first part of this story is not filled with breakneck speeds of action, in your face terror or spine chilling fear. But please don't let this catch you with your book down. Remember, it is important, being the first book of SEVEN, to build the foundation of a world from its political organization, its secrets and most importantly, its magic. This book is a step to a bigger, richer world where the author promises not to disappoint a read filled with passion, excitement and even loss.

Karen E. Hoover is very talented when it comes to bringing life to her characters, like a puppeteer to the marionette. She has a vivid imagination; it is not difficult to follow the artistic weave of her words. I was there when Ember fought for her right of passage with such moving passion that I wept. I could taste the sweet feel of the sapphire flute's touch as Kayla battled against the nefarious C’Tan. The sense to tip the world back into harmonic balance is so well written that I wish I could leap right into the pages to assist their cause.
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  1. This is a pretty fantastic, glowing review, Lizzie. I loved learning what touched you and how vivid you felt it. I totally get that. ;)

  2. Great review! I can't wait for my own copy.

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Laura. I'm such a worry wart! :)

    Shari! I'm glad--it's really a great book. But you knew that already! ;)

  4. Ecellent review. Loved your reminder that it was the first of 7. I think we've come to epect that every moment of a book will now be filled with constant action, but you're right: a large, complicated plot requires significant set up. Looks great. What's the age level of this series?

  5. Carolina, I can answer that for you. It was written in the hopes of being enjoyable to people of all ages, but the main characters are 16 and 17. Most kids like reading about kids a few years above them, so it could easily be read by twelve year olds, though my ten year old has read it with no problem at all.

    Thanks for the wonderful review, Lizzie. You totally made my day with this one. :)

  6. Great review! It's so refreshing to see this bright and cheery cover among the trend of darker fantasy covers.

    I'm definitely checking this one out. Thanks!

  7. Hi Carol! So true how readers of this generation are so swept and buried into fast paced action like the movies are. I think it takes a special kind of breed of writers to keep up with this explosive trend!

    Hi Karen! I'm sorry...I didn't think to mention the age group. I felt the same way as you had pointed out, that it's good enough for all age ranges!!! Wonderful job, Kay!!

    Jackee! Thank you! The art was done by Cash Case. You're welcome! :)

  8. Wow, what a great review Liz! ♥

  9. Sounds like a book both my daughter and I would enjoy. Thanks for the review!

  10. You're welcome, Rebecca! Glad I helped! :D

  11. Don't know if you noticed, but Valor picked your review and linked to it on Facebook, naming it a "Great review." :) Kudos, sis. You did awesome!

  12. Hey Kay! You are the greatest! Thank you for pointing that out to me...It REALLY made my day. I've been walking on air ever since and I don't even have wings!!


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