Review by AKShanmar12 -- The Sparrow by Denna M. Davis

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Review by AKShanmar12 -- The Sparrow by Denna M. Davis

Post by AKShanmar12 » 14 Jun 2019, 17:33

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Sparrow" by Denna M. Davis.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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In The Sparrow by Denna M. Davis, 16-year-old Amanda is expecting a boring summer, spent in Minnesota. However, the moment she arrives at her grandparents’ home they send her through a portal to another world. Lost and confused, she meets Solomon, an impressive, silver man with wings. She doesn’t know if she should flee in terror or run to him for help.

The point of view switches to Solomon who realizes that Amanda is the prophesized savior of Emaji, the Sparrow. It is also foretold that she will be his wife. He is in immediately in love, with a giddy excitement Amanda does not share.

After being acknowledged as the Sparrow by the leaders of Emaji, Amanda is taken through the land, learning the history and culture, to prepare herself for the Journey of Discovery. During this rite of passage, she will transform and receive the powers necessary to defeat Zorn, the evil leader restrained behind a protective wall, where he is gaining strength.

A few chapters give perspectives from other players, including Zorn himself, who Amanda is supposed to kill, and Leah, a girl who is trying to kill Amanda.

The world building created by Davis is very thorough without being tedious. Besides the uniqueness of the land itself, the language, religion, politics and even the food are all well fleshed-out. The connection between earth and Emaji is a little less convincing, but that is a fairly small part of the story.

The characters, including minor ones, are well defined and unique. The colorful descriptions of the people are very entertaining. The citizens of Emaji come in all hues, with zigzags, dots, and fades, on their skin and in their hair. Even Amanda finds herself turning red with horizontal stripes. Some parts of the population have wings and others have gills, as well as matching magical skills that control the air and water.

This novel would be appropriate for upper teens and above. Although the relationship between Amanda and Solomon is kept chaste for the most part, the level of violence inflicted by Zorn on innocent victims would be a poor fit for younger readers.

My favorite part of this book is the contrast between Amanda’s sweet, girl-next-door persona versus the malevolent and destructive nature of Zorn. It is nice to imagine that good can overcome evil. Because this novel is the first book of the Emaji Nation Series we don’t get to see the final result yet.

I would have appreciated more depth to the romance between Amanda and Solomon. While he has worshipped the idea of the Sparrow since his youth, falling in love with the actual flesh and blood girl should have been more challenging. A few more reasons to support why Amanda finds herself falling in love back would have added to the story as well.

All in all, The Sparrow is a well-told tale, and I will rate it a 4 out of 4. After finishing this book, I moved right on to the sequel, as I needed to know what happens next!

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Post by Renee_Prior1995 » 15 Jun 2019, 18:45

This was such an outstanding review. You make this book sound awesome I definitely want to read this one.
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Post by YL_Eytka » 16 Jun 2019, 10:00

Thank you for the review. I read this book as well, but unfortunately didn't enjoy it as much as you did, but you were absolutely spot on about the world building

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Post by AKShanmar12 » 17 Jun 2019, 09:41

Renee_Prior1995 wrote:
15 Jun 2019, 18:45
This was such an outstanding review. You make this book sound awesome I definitely want to read this one.
Thanks Renee!
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Post by AKShanmar12 » 17 Jun 2019, 09:44

YL_Eytka wrote:
16 Jun 2019, 10:00
Thank you for the review. I read this book as well, but unfortunately didn't enjoy it as much as you did, but you were absolutely spot on about the world building
Thanks! There were a few things that were a little tedious, but I like to err on the side of caution and didn’t think they warranted dropping it down to a 3.
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Post by Prisallen » 18 Jun 2019, 08:41

I read this book also and I loved the descriptions. I didn't realize the second book is out yet so I may have to take a look at that one as well. Thank you for a great review!

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Post by AKShanmar12 » 18 Jun 2019, 11:34

Prisallen wrote:
18 Jun 2019, 08:41
I read this book also and I loved the descriptions. I didn't realize the second book is out yet so I may have to take a look at that one as well. Thank you for a great review!
Yes, I'm making my way through it slowly as I have a lot going on right now! So far it is well done. Maybe a little better than the first.
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