Taboo by Tara Maya
A DEVESTATING SETBACK
Enemy tribesmen attacked the Initiates during the ritual Test to find magic users. Dindi’s 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.
A DESPERATE OUTREACH
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, one cannot both break taboos and keep the peace. They will have to choose, what, or whom, to betray.
Full Disclosure: Thanks to the lovely Tara Maya for the review copy!
Taboo is the second book in The Unfinished Song series and I think it’s a step above Initiate (Book 1), which I enjoyed quite a bit. Miss Maya wasted absolutely no time getting into the meat of the story, so it’s imperative that you read book 1 prior to book 2 because Taboo covers only the barest hints of back story. Which is refreshing, actually.
I had a really hard time putting Taboo down. Tara has such a lovely writing voice, it’s so lyrical and poetic. I found myself highlighting line after line because I was so struck by the beauty of her words and the way in which she phrased them. I swear, these books have some of the best dialogue of the Fantasy Genre that I’ve ever read. More than that though, the strength of the story just grips you right from the first page and builds until the very last. The characters from Book 1 are allowed to grow and adapt naturally but pace is never sacrificed for their growth. I loved the direction she went with Gwenika and Brena, whom I never quite warmed up to in Book 1 but have since grown to respect. Even newly introduced characters are given an opportunity to shine, such as Svego, who I fell in love with nigh instantly.
The story itself is intense, and I love how Miss Maya doesn’t rush anything especially the romances that’ve been building between several different characters throughout both books. She juggled the subplots superbly and I absolutely cannot to see what she has in store for us with Sacrifice.