Ava always knew she was different, from her pale plumage to her silver eyes, but being a Trueblood—a giphen who can use all forms of magic—takes ‘special’ to a whole new level. With overprotective elders and the enemy advancing from the north, Ava struggles to balance her time on and off the battlefield.
But when numerous attempts are made on her life—an attack on the clan, a rift storm and a mage controlling the minds of her friends from afar—Ava fears there’s another just like her, weakened and magic starved, who’ll stop at nothing to use her powers as his own. She’ll have to hone her skills and exhaust her reserves close to death if she’s to go against him, even if it means forming a dangerous alliance with her enemy.
My rating: In order to do this novel justice, I’m going to rate various points of the novel.
Characterization of characters: 5
General Story line idea: 5
Execution (Actual Writing): 3.5. Allow me to explain. E.S. Lark’s writing was generally compelling, entertaining, and original. However, at times I felt slightly confused by the events of the story. This confusion was always quickly eliminated; however, it was there.
Ending: 3.5, the ending was well written and fitting for the story. However, there were a lot of loose ends that as a reader I would have liked to see tied up. Overall, a good ending though.
My overall thoughts/impressions: This book is a light, imaginative epic fantasy tale. E.S. Lark takes readers on a journey to a fantastical land where gryphons and giphens (basically a smaller version of a gryphon) take center stage. The novel follows the tale of Ava, a spunky giphen, who isn’t afraid to do what she thinks is right, even if nobody else agrees. She’s willing to do whatever it takes in order to help her people, even if it means sacrificing herself.
I found the writing style compelling and entertaining. I will admit to not being a huge fan of books where the main character is not human; however, this book was still refreshingly original.
I did feel slightly confused over the occasional jumps in the plot; however, this novel was still thoroughly entertaining. The novel beautifully characterized the main character Ava. Her voice rang true throughout the novel. She was easy to relate to despite her being a non-human protagonist. A great main character. Also, the novel included wonderful supporting characters who helped support Ava in her role.
I did feel like that in some instances some important information was left unsaid until later in the story; however, despite this minor confusion that arose at times, the novel was still as a whole very engaging and well-written.
Warning/Side-notes: I didn’t find anything offensive.
The Wrap-up: A good novel. It was really original, and I was entertained throughout the novel. This novel isn’t typically the type of novel I read and it was nice to branch out. For readers who love to delve into the world of epic fantasy, Trueblood’s Plight fits the bill nicely.
In Summary: An enjoyable read that for the most part contained compelling writing, included strong characters that Lark characterized nicely, and an intriguing plot line.
E.S. Lark is currently hosting a blog tour prior to the release of her novel and will be featured on many different blogs. Lark may be back on the blog within the next few days for an author interview.