(Spirit's Princess, #1)
by Esther M. Friesner
Received for Review from Publisher via Netgalley
Young Adult Historical Fiction
Release Date: April 24,2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.87
Before I get into my review, here's the summary from Goodreads:
Himiko the beloved daughter of a chieftain in third century Japan has always been special. The day she was born there was a devastating earthquake, and the tribe's shamaness had an amazing vision revealing the young girl's future—one day this privileged child will be the spiritual and tribal leader over all of the tribes. Book One revolves around the events of Himiko's early teen years—her shaman lessons, friendships, contact with other tribes, and journey to save her family after a series of tragic events. Once again, Esther Friesner masterfully weaves together history, myth, and mysticism in a tale of a princess whose path is far from traditional.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank the publisher for giving me a copy of this through netgalley.
When I heard that Esther Friesner had written another novel, I was really excited. I loved her series about Helen of Troy and Nefertiti, and so I had really high hopes for this one.
I liked this novel and I loved the main character Himiko. She's a tough heroine just like all of Friesner's characters have been. This novel allowed me to really get inside her head and her world. As always her writing was great. There may have been a few historical inaccuracies; however, like I said I really enjoyed reading this one.
In my mind, this one wasn't as good as her other two series. I don't really know why that is. Maybe it's just because I knew more about the heroines in those characters. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed this one, I just had a harder time getting into this one than the others.
The writing was great, the characters were really enjoyable, and the pacing and plot was great. There was just something missing to really suck me into the story.
However, having said that let me emphasize that this was really intriguing and I'll definitely be reading the sequel. Fans of historical fiction will love this one.
In Summary: A very well-written ya historical fiction novel with a strong heroine that readers will adore.
Warnings/Side-notes: This book is very clean. No foul language, sexual references, or violence.
The Wrap-up: Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and am glad I read it. It's a great book. I just don't think it was Friesner's best novel yet. However, I'm really intrigued to see where Friesner takes this one.