Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Curse of the Shamra by Barry Hoffman
When the peaceful and isolated land of the Shamra is invaded and its people enslaved, a young Shamra girl named Dara must lead a ragtag resistance to defeat the enemy. But even as she fights the invaders, Dara grapples with self-doubt and is criticized by her own people for being outspoken and different.
Venturing into uncharted territory to seek allies, Dara encounters unusual creatures and dangerous lands. But is her rebellious spirit enough to help her overcome the patriarchal and oppressive rules of her own people and convince them that she is the only hope the Shamra have to regain their freedom?
The writing and storyline of this book were unlike any other. The writing was descriptive and informative, setting up the world of the Shamra in a way that very much immersed the reader. The writing of the book definitely was great, and I really fell for it. The story of this novel was great, but it could get a little slow at points. The action made up for the slow points, because these scenes were so amazing.
When all was said and done, I very much enjoyed this amazing novel. I cannot wait to read the second book, but for now Curse of the Shamra by Barry Hoffman gets a 4.5/5 in my opinion.