by Sarah Beth Durst
Año 1a Publicación: 2012
Blurb: Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. She will dance and summon her tribe's deity, who will inhabit Liyana's body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But when the dance ends, Liyana is still there. Her tribe is furious--and sure that it is Liyana's fault. Abandoned by her tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.
My rating: 3,5 de 5 estrellas.
On the day she was to die, Liyana walked out of her family’s tent to see the dawn.
The people of the desert believe that every hundred years the gods/deities choose someone in their clans, a human vessel, to walk again.
Lyana is the vessel of the Goat Clan, but at her ceremony the goddess fail to appear. That. Is. Not. Good. The goddess means WATER, food, and the life of the clan.
“It sickens me,” Raan said. “Killing people so they can play at being human.”
Pia clucked her tongue but didn’t quit brushing her hair. “Without the gods, we’d perish. We need them to revitalize our clans — to fill our wells, bring life to our herds, and instill health in our children.”
Or we could simply move somewhere we don’t need gods,” Raan said. “Move to where there’s water. And fertile land. Leave the desert.”
But, is not that simple.
Original world building. Strong and practical heroine (believe or not). And her final goal is the welfare of her people.
So, what's is lacking? Well, she thinks, she walks, she rides, she does. But she don't feel. Everything is entertaining, but is difficult to feel in depth with this book. Like a tale, and not a novel.
I like the other characters too, Korby (the raven trickster no one wants to believe), Pia, Fennick, Raam SPOILER---->>>>And, boy, their deaths were so fast and the book keep going like nothing! /spoiler//R--->>>>[And, boy, their deaths were so fast and the book keep going like nothing! (hide spoiler)]
The ending is a litle rushed as well.
Destiny's Star, pero no, lo único que tienen en común es la magia, caballos y curanderos.
Tiene bastantes cosas buenas:
- Los modelos etnicos de belleza son gente de tez morena y canela (con la excepcion de Pia).
-A pesar de que hay algunos avances chico/chica, ese no es el nudo central de la historia. Sino los dioses y sus avatares, un modo de vida conservado por cientos de años. El cuestionamiento de las creencias, y como la tradición se conserva en las historias considerados mitos.
-Lo que me gustó de Lyana es que a pesar del inevitable ser 'especial' de toda heroina, no es super omnisciente, ni cae en eso de '¡todo esto es mi culpa!', de que adolecen gran cantidad de protagonistas femeninas en fantasia ultimamente y que dan ganas de darle un par y decirle: no todo es acerca de ti.
El final si me parece demasiado arreglado. y me hubiera gustado algo más de drama (y es increible que yo diga eso)
Entretiene. Give it a try.