Thursday, November 1, 2012
Review: Trouganda: Silver Tears Book 1
Trouganda: Silver Tears Book 1
by Daniel J. Strait
A prophecy written over millennia ago. A baby girl is born with a birthmark matching the one described in the prophecy. Her parents feared the worst so they fled from the elders. They found solace in the small village of Jin, where Nakiata would be trained by the greatest SOT Master ever known. After years of intense training, Nakiata must face her Final Test. A test that would send her out into a world of danger, mystery, and death. Nakiata would have to use every skill she knew in order to survive the dangers and wonders of...Trouganda.
As someone who doesn't read much science fiction or action, this book was a pleasant surprise! The character of Nakiata is a strong (and lethal) girl who grows up in a world of weapons and danger. When she reaches the time of her final test, she is placed on a journey by herself which are meant to test her abilities. Before embarking on her journey, she realizes that she is part of a prophecy and is actually only one piece of a puzzle of that prophecy.
I found myself really liking Nakiata - she is a strong girl who is at the top of her ability. An ability, by the way, that no other girl has ever had. That alone was awesome, but to have a leading lady in a story that is not clouded in judgement by a love story is a major plus.
I really did enjoy this book, however, I also had some thoughts as I was reading it. The main one being that for all the action and graphic violence (yes, it is graphic - but enjoyable if you like action!), I would have wanted more of an in depth look into the character of Nakiata and whether or not there was any conflict with her training. The reader sees a glimpse of that when she is on the verge of being told about her final test, but then it gets overshadowed by the test itself. Perhaps it's because of the couple of action/science fiction books I have read before, but I felt that I needed something more personal in terms of understanding Nakiata.
Regardless, this book is part of a series and the Nakiata's story and the prophecy was intriguing enough that I want to know what happens in the other books of the series! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun and interesting quick science fiction/action read!
Daniel J. Strait lives in central Ohio, where he works in the field of aviation. During his time off he writes the stories he has dreamed of for many years.