Book Review: The Unfinished Song - Initiate

The Unfinished Song - Initiate
by Tara Maya
Kindle Edition
Published December 22nd 2010 by Misque Press
Source: Author



Dindi can't do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Test during the Initiation ceremony. The problem? No-one in Dindi's clan has ever passed the Test. Her grandmother died trying. But Dindi has a plan.

Kavio is the most powerful warrior-dancer in Faearth, but when he is exiled from the tribehold for a crime he didn't commit, he decides to shed his old life. If roving cannibals and hexers don't kill him first, this is his chance to escape the shadow of his father's wars and his mother's curse. But when he rescues a young Initiate girl, he finds himself drawn into as deadly a plot as any he left behind. He must decide whether to walk away or fight for her... assuming she would even accept the help of an exile.


The start of the book was a little confusing for me. So many unfamiliar terminologies were mentioned at the first few pages. It took me about fifteen minutes of reading before getting a grip on the story. But once I got a better grasp, the reading became more fluid, although there were still a lot more unknown characters and tribes that were mentioned after that.

Anyway, I was really surprised by this book. This is told in third person, but there are some parts that are told in second. I love the second person POVs! It has that hypnotic quality to it that's so mesmerizing despite how morbid that part of the story is. There are hell lots of characters here and other terms that could be easily forgotten, so if you're planning to read this, I suggest that you take down notes for good measure.

Kavio and Puddlepaws are my favorite characters. I was eagerly anticipating for Kavio moments. He is a strong, intimidating character and he makes me giddy! Puddlepaws is a cute, adorable kitty owned by Dindi. There is less than little romance between Kavio and Dindi. And I must say that this is what really disappointed me in this book. I was waiting and waiting for them to meet. And when they finally met, I all but swooned! Nothing romantic happened between them. They didn't fall in love at first sight. But you just cannot deny that there are sparks! Sparks! This also has an evil cliffhanger and an even more evil teaser of the sequel. Definitely recommended to all fantasy lovers. :)

Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

Disclosure: This e-book was received from the author (via Amazon) for free in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Hhhmmm. Sounds like a pretty good book, if not a little bit confusing. I like books that have a glossary in them, and it seems like this book could have maybe used one?

    The cover is really interesting!

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  2. Loved the review. This sounds interesting and the cover catches my attention.

  3. I have to read and review this one but since you rated it so highly, I'm excited about getting around to it. I'm glad the pretty cover has a great story to go along with it.


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