by D. María Trimble
Published May 23rd 2012 by D. Maria Trimble
When a hero emerges in the Kingdom of Teravinea, he often rises from the ranks of the dragon riders. In the past, only one female has fit the profile. Until now … Fifteen-year-old Amáne finds herself witness to the hatching of a dragon egg. The painful linking rite creates a bond between the two that cannot be broken. She and her dragon, Eshshah, become the only dragon and rider in a kingdom that once abounded with the beautiful creatures and their riders. Amáne and Eshshah are thrown into a conflict that they do not yet understand. One thing is for certain — the fate of the kingdom rests upon their shoulders…
I don’t normally read books in the fantasy realm, but when Ms. Trimble asked me to read and review her book, I read the synopsis and thought it sounded pretty interesting. I have only read one other dragon rider book and that was many years ago, so reading Amáne of Teravinea was fresh and very interesting for me. The story flowed nicely and the plot was well developed. There were plot twists that I didn’t see coming, danger around every corner, strong and fierce characters, and a bit of romance mixed in; the perfect combination of action, adventure, and boy meets girl.
I rarely read a story where all the characters, at least the good guys, are likeable, but I felt a connection to all the main characters in this book. The characters had depth, and as the story progressed and we learned more about them, the main characters became more developed. I really enjoyed the character and plot twists and I can’t wait to learn more as this series develops.
Amáne is a wonderful character. She is a great example/role model for girls. She is strong, independent, fierce, powerful, intelligent, and wholesome. She is not weak in any way, well, except for a bit when it comes to Ansel. Amáne shows maturity beyond her years most of the time, though she does still have some growing up to do as she learns the intricacies of being a dragon rider. Amáne has to deal with a lot in a very short time, the death of her mother, her painful bonding with Eshshah, moving away from her home to live with the Healer, friends turning out to be quite different from what she had always believed, secret missions, and her feelings for Ansel; and in my opinion, she does a superb job facing all these new challenges head on, though not always in the manner that her mentor would approve of. I look forward to seeing Amáne grow up and develop as her story progresses.
Ansel is a very likable character, after you get to know him. At first he is spoiled and condescending, though you get to see more of his true colors as he befriends Amáne. We don’t know much about his background, but I am hoping to learn more about what makes him tick as the story progresses. Will he make a good king? Only time will tell.
The Healer is also one of the main characters in this book. She is there for Amáne when her mother passes and has always been a friend to the family, but she holds a great secret, one that may rock the very foundation of her relationship with Amáne.
I highly recommend Amáne of Teravinea to anyone from middle school on through adult. It is clean, no swearing, wholesome, no sex or almost sex scenes, has two strong, independent female characters, some cute guys, a bit of romance, and a ton of action. This is a perfect book for teachers to recommend to their students, especially if they are fans of book series such as The Kane Chronicles. Every middle school library should have a copy, or two, and every English teacher should have a copy on their reading shelf.
Amáne of Teravinea is a page turner. Once you start, you won’t want to stop reading until you reach the final page, and then you will be counting the days until book two comes out, just as I am.
PS- The cover of this book is amazing- especially if you buy the paper copy. There are also great maps in this book to help the reader get a feel for the lay of the land.
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.