Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Unfinished Song: Taboo by Tara Maya

Enemy tribesmen attacked during the Initiation. Dindi used the magic of the corn cob doll to protect herself and others but at a terrible price. Now her dreams are in shambles. In despair, she decides to step into the forbidden faery ring, and dance herself to death with the fae. Then she discovers another choice that saves her life…but breaks the ultimate taboo.

After being unfairly exiled from his own people, Kavio may have found a new home, but only if he can protect it from another attack by the enemy. He gathers a small group to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory in search of the ultimate prize…peace.

But by the harsh laws of their land, they cannot both break taboos and keep the peace. They will each have to choose, what, or whom, to betray.

MY THOUGHTSIt's been quite some time since I read the first book in this series, INITIATE.  Usually, after a chapter or two though, it all comes rushing back to me and I settle in knowing the backstory.  Unfortunately, that didn't happen here.  Taboo basically picks up right were Initiate left off, so I had to go back and leaf through Initiate to refresh myself.  If you're about to read Taboo, pick up Initiate first - you'll be glad you did!

That said, I have to say that the flow was alot smoother in Taboo.  You really get to know the characters a bit more in this installment.  Tara has a knack for world-building and her world for Dindi and Kavio is breath-taking, rich in detail that you can almost envision it.  I really like her fantasy world and appreciate the fact she handled a gay romance with tact. Blossoming romance, spectacular world-building, characters you really begin to care about and an ending that will have you clamoring for the next in the series, Taboo is a recommended read for fantasy fans!

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