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Shards of History

by Rebecca Roland

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This is a good start to the story. The reader is introduced to several characters, some likeable, others not so much, and the story begins to take shape. As the story progresses, the characters develop and grow with the story. The main character, Malia, is a strong and outwardly confident young woman. She wants to do the right thing by her clan, even if it is not what she personnaly wishes for. As Malia grows in character, the story moves along and reveals gradually Malia's role with her society.

There are three societies touched on, the Taakwa, which Malia is apart of, then there are the Jegudun, misunderstood by the Taakwa and finally the Maddison, who are enemies to the Taakwa and Jegudun. As Malia begins her journey in exile, the read slowly learns more about the relationship between the Taakwa and Jegudun and the role of the Maddison and why they are the enemy.

The characters all played their roles well. I really like Malia, Rasmus, Tuvin, Enuwal and Vacir and not so much Dalibor. The superstition held by the villages is sad to see, as it is not based on reality but perception. However, as the story builds, it is explained why the Taakwa's have the superstitions that they do.

The book has a good ending, wrapping up the events nicely, but also leaving it open for the next book. I look forward to commencing the next book in this trilogy. ( )
  FiLoMa | Jun 4, 2017 |
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Only she knows the truth that can save her people. — Like all Taakwa, Malia fears the fierce winged creatures known as Jeguduns who live in the cliffs surrounding her valley. When the river dries up and Malia is forced to scavenge farther from the village than normal, she discovers a Jegudun, injured and in need of help. Malia’s existence—her status as clan mother in training, her marriage, her very life—is threatened by her choice to befriend the Jegudun. But she’s the only Taakwa who knows the truth: that the threat to her people is much bigger and more malicious than the Jeguduns who’ve lived alongside them for decades. Lurking on the edge of the valley is an Outsider army seeking to plunder and destroy the Taakwa, and it’s only a matter of time before the Outsiders find a way through the magic that protects the valley—a magic that can only be created by Taakwa and Jeguduns working together. Malia is in a race against time. She must warn the Jeguduns that the Taakwa march against them and convince the Taakwa that their real enemy isn’t who they think it is before the Outsiders find a way into the valley and destroy everything she holds dear.

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