Friday, March 4, 2011

Icarus Unbound by Bernadette Gardner

                            4 CUPS
For me, the draw of this book is the gorgeous imagery and beauty of a world and culture very different from our own. I sympathized with the winged Icarians and their valiant efforts to preserve and strengthen their bloodlines. The way in which they and their symbions bond for mutual benefit is intriguing and original. I also like that, in this writer’s imagination, a rather mean-spirited boy, with a tendency to be a bully, is nurtured by a loving family in a way that enables him to grow up to become a just and temperate leader. This is an enjoyable short read that allowed me to escape into a fantastic world of azure skies and high, craggy peaks rising far above pristine, clean waters; a beckoning Eden of small islands and isolated aeries. Jaren’s and Lara’s struggle to find a balance and harmony in their personal relationship seems to me to mirror the desires of all Icarians. I, for one, hope the race prospers, and I truly hope to read more adventures set in this breathtaking world. Read Full Review

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