Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Heir to Power-Review

The Story- The colony of Survin has been hidden for over 5 centuries, protecting an ancient relic called the Healing Crystal. At sixteen, Kairma is the next in line to inherit the artifact.

There are several problems that confront her as the heir. First, she has been touched by the white ones, strange worm like humans that live underground, whose bite almost killed Kairma. She survived, but now resembles a white one with long white hair and pale skin. Several of the villagers distrust her and think of her as a witch, unfit to wear the Healing Crystal.

Second, a few years ago, the colony was hit by a plaque, killing off a large portion of the population. Because of old logs that have been kept by previous Mirals (female leaders of the colony), Kairma learns that their genetic pool is too low and that her people won’t survive unless new blood is introduced soon.

Third, in order to protect the Healing Crystal, the rules of Survin call for the killing of any strangers that stumble upon their colony. The older residents of the village will not hear of letting strangers in to help add fresh blood. As the story begins, one stranger is seeking shelter in their village, wishing to study the Godstones, four large faces that are carved into a near by mountain. Trep, desperate to survive, tells of weapons and cities beyond that could help the Survin people.

Risking all, Trep is allowed to leave with a handful of male villagers to buy guns and hopefully bring back fresh bloodlines. Kairma and the colony face great danger when evil men follow Trep back with plans to destroy the people for their gold.

My Review- When first starting this book, I thought it would be a fantasy. The cover screams fantasy in my opinion. But it's not. It's science fiction. As for the story. There have been mixed reviews. Some people rave about it and loved I. I had a hard time getting into the book. It's very long, over 500 pages, and I think it could have been tightened up quite a bit. I also had a hard time getting in to the story. It just didn't capture me. But like I said, other reviewers felt the opposite.

Take a look at the other reviews here:

So here are just a few. It's one of those books you really like or really don't. That can be a good thing though! It's definitely worth checking out, and maybe I couldn't get into the story because of all the stresses I've been under right now. That's how it is sometimes.


Kelley said...

Thanks for the review! Good for you for getting through 500 pages even though it didn't complete grab you!

Old Kitty said...

Thanks for your honest review Melissa! take care

Rek said...

From the story outline, obviously there were too many elements introduced...the book may have suffered as a result. It is a well written review.

Mary Gray said...

You're right, it does look like fantasy. I struggle with longer books myself. I think that's why I love Young Adult so much--they're often shorter. :)

Sunday Smith said...

Thank you for an honest review. I think you're right as with most books you either really love it or don't. I personally loved this book but I tend to like epics. I loved Lord of the Rings, for instance. I do read some YA and some 'throw away' books (short, fast reads without much to them...think Evonovich). but find them less satisfying, most of the time.

This is a light science fiction, as you said but I found some people, even after reading it, think it was fantasy. I'm not sure why.

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

I like epics too and frequently read them. I love series because it makes the story last longer. I think this book just needed to be tightened up. I get impatient with books that don't get down to the story, down to the nitty gritty. I want to be sucked in and kept there. This book just didn't do that for me.

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