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Feathers fell like rain from the sky.

Ode was never meant to be born. An outcast from birth, he discovered how to control his unique, remarkable gift entirely on his own. Unlike the other people of his tribe, Ode can fly. Sometimes his body will shudder and shift, and then Ode will transform. He becomes a great white bird with feathers as pale as the snow. He becomes a swan. He can fly above the tribe’s tepees and soar over the emerald forests of the Wild Lands.

But even with his gift, he cannot save his family from the oncoming war. The Magical Cleansing is spreading across the realm, and strangers arrive from foreign lands bringing with them bloodshed and fear. With the help of his gift, Ode flees to a distant island where answers, Magic, and a girl with golden hair await him. He must be brave, and he must be wise. And he must never turn back.

The exciting and much-anticipated second book in the Tales trilogy, Feathers is sure to keep fans of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder series turning the pages as they journey through the magic world of the Western Realm.

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This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sky Pony Press


by Rose Mannering

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Feathers is the second book in the Tales Trilogy by Rose Mannering.  For those looking for an obvious sequel to Roses, you won’t find it here.  However, the discerning reader will find bits and pieces that tie the stories together in the chapters that separate the five parts of the book.  Additionally, in Part Five, you start to see the crossover between characters in book one and characters in book two, but you have to look closely or you will miss it.

Overall, I found this an interesting read.  The book is based around the character of Ode, a misunderstood and largely unwanted child of a tribal chief.  There is a great deal of tribal imagery in this book with nomadic lifestyles, hunter/gatherer imagery, and rites/rituals of growth and adulthood.  The magic woven throughout the book is basic.  Future visions, transformation into animals, and mention of sorcery aren’t overwhelming for those who enjoy fantasy, but aren’t into following complex abilities and magic.

Because the book is tribal in nature, some of the language and patterns of speech of the native speakers can be difficult to follow at first.  Once you get the hang of the sentence structure and the placement of specific words it flows pretty easily, but don’t be frustrated with the first few chapters where the native language is different.  The story itself is effortless to read.  It has a one-directional timeline, and the characters are quite easy to follow.

Feathers is a great read, especially for younger readers just beginning to enter the young adult fantasy genre.  The story is straightforward and easier to follow then some of the more complex YA fantasy novels.  While there is some violence, it is more in passing then being a pivotal part of the story (see content review below).  

I am looking forward to the third installment to see where the interplay of Roses and Feathers comes to its conclusion.

Content Analysis:  

Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Adult grips child’s hand too tightly causing pain; child caught in dust storm causing scratches and cuts; boys wrestle and play swords; adult cuffs teen upside the head; character seizes and limbs contort due to magic; blood on snow from wolves fighting; dead bodies with dripping blood are strewn over horses for carrying; dream of blood and injuries from a beast attack; punch to nose causing nose to bleed and drip; extended scene (2 pages) of war between tribes with bloody injuries, arrows piercing bodies and death; character threatens to kill another; boys throw pebbles at another boy; animals fight each other (twice); carcasses of animals are lying across field; man chops off wolf’s nose; guards push and shove priests; guard is thrown off cliff.

Sex/Nudity:  Adults hold hands (twice); adults kiss. 

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Parental abandonment, miscarriage, war, death of family members, mention of gambling and stealing.

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Adults drink wine (once); mention of people drinking on corners.

Reviewed By Beckie
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