Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer
I absolutely loved this book. Sarina Langer has masterfully created a new world filled with fantasy, prophecy and magic.
Rachel is a homeless orphan and is shunned for having ‘the gift’ – which in her case is visions of people dying. Cephy, who joins her, has a much more powerful and darker gift. When Cephy burns down her old home, the villagers of Blackrock respond with violence. The two flee and head into the forest, a world alien to them.
They encounter new dangers. The White Guard is chasing them. They meet a Mist Woman, who offers them shelter, but Rachel instinctively feels she can’t be trusted. Then a young rebel tells Rachel she must fulfil a prophecy. He takes her to meet the Sparrows; but can she trust him?
The story moves along at a great pace and the ending is action packed and filled with energy and excitement, with twists and turns.
The characters are well written. The story strongly crafted.
This is a fabulous first novel for Sarina Langer. I look forward to the next book.