DawnSinger by Janalyn Voigt

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From the publisher: “The High Queen is dying… At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens. But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes. On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing and the salvation he offers into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.”

It’s hard to believe that DawnSinger is Voigt’s debut novel. She has so masterfully crafted this world that I fell into it immediately, stayed in it willingly, and left it only reluctantly (when my nemesis, a.k.a. the real world, felt it necessary to intrude). The narrative is beautiful, ringing with lyricism and that magical element that somehow turns what would elsewise be mundane into high fantasy. One of my favorite scenes was when Shae and Maeven discussed the tapestry of life – what an extraordinary picture Voigt painted!

The story is both lovely and exciting, the characters are complex yet familiar, and the themes are profound and personal. DawnSinger is not to be missed. Pick up a copy today and prepare to be transported.

Many thanks to Pelican Book Group/Harbourlight Books and NetGalley for the free digital copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “DawnSinger by Janalyn Voigt

  1. Thanks for such a glowing review, Laurin. I’m touched by your words of praise for DawnSinger. I hope you will have a chance to continue reading the series with Wayfarer, book two, and continue the journey into Elderland.

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