The Unfinished Song is the first book in a three book series by Tara Maya. The cover alone is beautiful and captivating!
Set in the world of Faearth, Maya's world building is immense and very detailed. It is well done and very easy to visualize. The people are tribes and it kind of reminds one of the stone age with it's basic and hard living arrangements.
Dindi is a young girl of only fourteen who yearns desperately to be one of the Tavaedi, the dancers that create magic. She practices all of her free time to perfect the moves but she knows that no one in her family has ever been selected to join. It is a very secret and elite club, and her mother urges her to think about a husband and babies and not dream of dancing.
Kavio is a Tavaedi dancer, but one of his steps, not taught to him by his teachers, sets off a chain of events that leads to his incarceration. After this trial, he is sentenced to exile by his father. Kavio decides to make his way toward another encampment.
Dindi is kidnapped in the middle of the night. That is what happens when you are taken for the test, to see if you have the magic to be a Tavaedi dancer. The tests will be at the Yellow Bear tribes camp, a place that Kavio is also heading to. There are other characters as well that we barely meet but I'm sure we will see more of in the next book. A romance is alluded to between Dindi and Kavio but not realized in this installment. The first book of a series is almost always heavy with world-building and introducing the main players of a story and Ms. Maya has done a splendid job of that. I'm looking forward to seeing how everything develops in the next one!