Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Book Review: Heir to Power by Michele Poague

Heir to Power
(The Healing Crystal, #1)
by Michele Poague
Received for Review by Tristi Pinkston
Young Adult Fantasy
Goodreads Average Rating: 4.50 
Pages: 564

Well here is the summary from Goodreads:

The colony of Survin has been hidden for centuries, protecting an ancient religious artifact called the Healing Crystal from men who would steal or destroy it. Kairma, heir to the Crystal, is destined to mate with the handsome Naturi and become the leader of the reclusive colony, but she is too young to realize the peril soon to arrive. At sixteen, Kairma is too young to realize many things...

Kairma would rather go spelunking with her brother and his best friend than study ancient medicine and religious laws, but the discovery of a tomb containing ancient artifacts leads Kairma to question her religion and the true nature of the Crystal. To further complicate Kairma's ascent, a childhood illness has left her resembling a nearby race of men both hated and feared by the people of Survin. Because of this, Kairma's younger sister Kinter, who is in love with Naturi, believes she is the rightful heir.

Disease and infertility have decimated Survin, but bigotry and religious laws forbid the introduction of new members so things heat up when a traveling archeologist stumbles upon the reclusive colony and introduces a powerful new weapon. Forced into a larger world, the Survinees discover they hold an object of unimaginable power, a power other men covet, a power that might save or forever damn the human race.

My Rating: 4 out 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was one of those books that teetered between three and four stars. Something would happen to bump it down to a three and then immediately after something happens to bump it up to four stars.

This is a fairly long novel coming in at 564 pages, but I really did enjoy it. The novel started out slow for me, but it quickly started building and catching my interest.

I really loved the character within this novel. As expected, Kairma was a character who was a strong force in the novel because she is the heir to power. However, her strength was subtle and in the beginning she lacked this inner strength. Watching Kairma evolve into the strong woman she becomes was  fascinating.

And I loved Collin. Collin was just slightly rebellious enough to catch my attention from the very beginning. I love characters like Collin. He's a strong force whose been dealt a tough hand in life, but he deals with it. He has been Kairma's brother's best friend and consequently Kairma's best friend too. He's taken to calling her Boo and they often go exploring together when Kairma is trying to escape learning how to be the town healer.

Poague created a world and society that I loved. It seems to be set in some dystopian setting, but really I'm not entirely sure.  This novel has just the right blend of world-building, character development, and an intriguing plot to catch my interest.

While this novel started out slow and could be slow at times, I really enjoyed reading this novel. Definitely recommended and I will admit I'm insanely curious to see what happens in the sequel. Who Kairma ends up mating with is on the forefront of my mind?

In Summary: A novel with characters that I absolutely adored. Slow plot at times, but overall it was a great novel.

Warnings/Side-notes: Some mention of violence/death, but not graphic at all. Very cute clean read.

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that I will definitely be wanting to read the sequel. Recommended to all fantasy lovers, especially ones looking for a dystopian element.

I received this novel as part of the blog tours Tristi Pinkston helps set up. Thanks Tristi!

Happy reading!


Danica Page

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