Book review for : Song in the Silence: The Tale of Lanen Kaelar
Author : Elizabeth Kerner
Rating : 3 stars
Series : Tales of Kolmar, bk 1
Too much head-switching
Lanen grows up as the daughter of a horse-breeder, but has always felt unloved and yearning for adventure—and dragons. When her father dies and for the first time she is able to leave the land, she learns of her true heritage and all the danger and mysteries that brings. …But she still just wants to see the dragons. Her stubborn focus on that one goal was rather endearing, and kept her going even when she realized she’d had no idea what ‘adventure’ was really about.
I enjoyed the first 1/3rd of the book rather well, it was somewhat overly dramatic in some areas but remained light-hearted, and I rather liked Lanen. The problems start when, for no reason whatsoever, the 1st-person perspective changes from Lanen to… her possible-father who wants to sacrifice her to demons. Despite the potential of an interesting villain plot and character here, the story is only told from his perspective maybe 4 or 5 times during the entire book, and with this little space he turned out incredibly flat and boring. Later on the 1st-person perspective switches to one of the dragons… who spends most of his time with Lanen, so that is also completely unnecessary. And later two or three minor characters get their time in the limelight for absolutely no reason.
If every part of the book that wasn’t told from Lanen’s perspective was to be cut… the book wouldn’t lose that much, and I think I would have liked it a lot more. As it was, it was tiresome. I will not be reading more of the series.
That said, if you love dragons, you may love that aspect of the book. I like the cover ^^ and the descriptions of the dragons, their speech, their history, their council and culture. A bit of fresh air when it comes to dragons!
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Review also posted on Amazon.