The Swarm #1
Author: Megg Jensen
Pub Date: July 20th 2011
Publisher: DarkSide Publishing
Rating: 3.75 - 4 Birds
An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.
Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?
Any fan of The Cloud Prophet Trilogy, will not be disappointed in the first installment of The Swarm series Sleepers!!
Now, for my completely honest review: My very first thought when I started Sleepers, was a shake of my head that came when I absorbed all the parallels it ran to Anathema and The Cloud Prophet Trilogy, Jensen’s first books. I am certainly not one to like having to compare books, but I feel when they are written by the same author it’s worth noting.
While writing in a fantasy world, sure anything is possible, but things like hair playing a large role in identity and station, a secret best friend, someone not suited to be Queen ascending and/or attempting to the throne, something important coming to light on their birthdays, needing to kill and/or over throw a malicious king….gah it was all just a little too much like Anathema for me.(which, don’t get me wrong, was and is a fantastic fantasy novel) However, I was a little sad not to see more of Jensen’s creativity muscle flexed, because I know she has it in her.
All that considered, and I say this with totally heart felt sincerity – Sleepers drug me in every which direction, sent me cursing a page number (or 5) and the very author who penned it’s pages, while I was riddled with pure and total shock and awe at the story line unfolding before me. This, the shock and awe, is Jensen’s essence. Her ability to put you so fully among the people and the world she has created and have you cringe, cry, and beg from it’s suspense is something that few authors really have a handle on. I am thrilled this woman found her calling as an author.
At a 3.75 - 4 bird rating, Sleepers earns a spot on my shelf, or more, on my Nook (and not because I already have it….lol) And I know, it’s an odd rating – one I’ve never dolled out before – BUT I felt the story strong even though parts seemed “already done” by Jensen, and didn’t want to discount the immense strength she has for capturing her audience and making them beg for more. It is a great story, but in a fair and honest review I can not discount the similarities and feel I did right by an author who loves her reviews to the point and 100% honest. Which is good, because those are the only type I serve here.
I implore you to read it yourself. For even if you too feel things were similar, I double dog dare you not to get caught up and be begging for more…much like I am….Where’s book 2?!
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3.75 – 4 Birds