And it’s a very good thing I received both rather than just Taboo or I would have been lost from the beginning.
I loved the premise of the story: tribes set against each other, a young man trying to overcome being exiled while securing peace, a young woman devastated at losing her dream who chooses to break a taboo rather than dance herself to death in a fairy ring.
While Initiate was rather slow, with an abrupt ending, Taboo was a page turner. Before I knew it, the compelling characters drew me in until I simply had to find out what would happen to them. If Tara was attempting to imitate the fairies’ irresistible invitations, then she accomplished her goal.
Although Taboo doesn’t have a lot of back story info dump, which makes transitioning from the first book in the series to the second book very easy, had I not read Initiate first I think I would have been hard pressed to understand what was happening in Taboo. Depending on who you’re readers are, this could be either a very good thing or a very bad thing.
A loyal reader won’t want her story interrupted by material she has to scan because she already knows it. However, someone who happened across Taboo first might not choose to buy the first book simply because the writer didn’t factor in the need of back story, making his reading experience more difficult than necessary.
Also, as with Initiate, Taboo has a very abrupt ending.
Imagine Star Wars: A New Hope ending with the Death Star blowing up — no Darth Vader in his ship careening away, no big medal of honor ceremony. That is, more or less, how both Initiate and Taboo end.
The fact that both Initiate and Taboo have such abrupt endings, and that Taboo has very little back story included, makes me think this series was actually written as a single book, then chopped into segments.
That seems to be the trend in many indie books I’ve read recently. I’m not sure if it’s lack of skill in craft or a new trend. Either way it is unappealing to this reader.
I enjoyed both books, though I don’t know if I’ll continue reading the series. (I hate feeling sucked into a never-ending story.) I would, however, highly recommend Initiate: The Unfinished Song, Book One and The Unfinished Song: Taboo to anyone who doesn’t mind downloading the next book immediately to find out what happens next.