What’s worse is that she was preparing for a rite of passage where she learned to control the rage of her people. Without the guidance of her people, the rage could be both a strong ally, and a lethal enemy.
She has only her knowledge of this place to help her. She must learn to use her parents’ guidance, question long-held beliefs, and trust herself or she won’t survive.
As if this was not bad enough, someone is watching for her, chasing her, waiting for her to make a mistake in order to capture her or worse….
The book unfolds with Drinna struggling to survive by herself for the first time in a very harsh enviroment. The story begins to unravel how Drinna came to be alone in the middle of the Sea of Grass. She encounters many different kinds of wildlife and eventually makes a friend, but she is constantly in danger. As the story progresses you are treated to an in depth understanding of Drinna's mind and the struggles that she is going through figuring out her rage by herself. There is also the cultural fear that she will be outcast for doing something dishonorable while in the grips of her rage.
I felt the story started out a bit slow, but by the end I was fairly enmeshed in the world that Jared has created. In the beginning one of the things I struggled with is all of the new creatures and terms that are used. He does explain everything pretty well when it is introduced, but there is a lot of information and I got mixed up a few times early in the book. I'll even admit that I was hesitant in the beginning as the struggle for survival by one person against the environment is not really a typical choice for me to read, but once the mysteries started to become unraveled the story really started to draw me in. I think that as Jared writes more books set in his universe it will really start to become a vibrant creation and I look forward to seeing some other works.
Review copy provided by author.
The Dust Finders