Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book Review: Gift of the Unmage

Gift of the Unmage

By:  Alma Alexander

Publisher:  Eos Books

Publish Date:  March 2008

Genre:  YA, Fantasy

Format:  Paperback, 401pgs, pocket book size

Series:  1st Book in Worldweavers trilogy

Recommendation:  For younger adults and adults, who like to read of young characters learning about their own powers or lack of in a world full of magic, without violence and sexual tension.

Book Synopsis:
Who knew you'd be a true weaver?

Great things have been expected of Thea, the seventh child of two seventh children.  Now, with Cheveyo, a mage, Thea has begun to weave herself a new magical identity, infused with elements of the original worlds.  But back home, Thea keeps her abilities hidden and attends the Wandless Academy, the one school on Earth for those who have no apparent magical talent.  It is there that Thea realizes that her enemies are hungrier and more dangerous than she knew.  What's more, her greatest strength may be the powerlessness she has resisted for so long.

First Sentence:
"You smell angry," Aunt Zoe said as she walked in through the door, sniffing in Thea's direction like a hound dog scenting prey.

My Review and Summary:
Thea is 14 years old.  She's the seventh child of two seventh children, which means she is to be very powerful.  Thea wants to go to the best magical University when she gets older.  But, there is one thing holding her back...she doesn't have the magical touch, at all.  She's not able to perform any magical projects.  She feels she's letting her parents down.  They have tried everything they can to help Thea find her magical nitch.  Now, there is only one thing left to try and her father will call in a huge favor to try it.

In her eavesdropping Thea knows her parents have plans for her and if these plans with some private lessons don't work, she will be sent to that place next year.  That place is The Wandless Academy, where non-magical children go to school.  Non-magical children and schools are the minority and she feels she will become nothing in a magical world without magical powers.

This is a world where magic exists in a big way, and in many different specialities and levels.  If you don't have magic, you don't amount to much of anything here, or as Thea feels.  There is a big world starting to be created here with endless magical possibilities; from our traditional telepathy between family members to traditional magic with music or shepherd mages and different levels of mages.  We even have portals to travel to different places and through time.

This young adult read is not one for lots of violence or intimacy of boyfriend/girlfriend, but what I did enjoy from it was the American Indian mythology usage.  This was a great mythology to set with this world.  Alma relates the things Thea learns my using the beliefs to the current time and place Thea lives in.

Thea starts off as a typical teenage child who in a way feels sorry for herself and guilty for her lack of powers, in relation to her parents.  She has a wonderful and open relationship with her Aunt.  As she is close with her parents, it's just she feels she has let them down, being expected to be so powerful. Thea really grows greatly through this book with what she learns while with Chevery.  Then how she uses it when she returns home to willingly go to the Wardless Academy.  Thea makes some wonderful and unusual friends there at the school.  But it is a time she will never forget, for the things she accomplishes.  I enjoyed the journeys Thea takes to understand herself.  Through the beliefs and teachings Thea goes through she learns she has to be patient and the understanding will come ~ a great lesson to be learned by both children and adults alike.

I enjoyed this first book, and will be reading the next book as well.  I would suggest this book to a Young adult who likes to read of magic and Americal Indian mythology.  I feel this book was a nice break from lots of fighting and violence and even the drooling love scenes.  This is a nice read for a younger adult to sit back and enjoy, and the parents not worring what is in those pages.

I received this book from the author for review.

This book qualifies for my Speculated Fiction Challenge hosted by Book Chick City
and 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge hosted by Home Girl's Book Blog.


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Wow... you threw me with the NA mythology. Didn't expect that and so now I'm interested even more. :) Great review. really sounds like an interesting read!

btw, have an award for you:

WonderBunny said...

Interesting. Might need to pick this one up now. :) Great review.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa - :) Trying to keep you on your toes. Always trying something new. Thanks for stopping by! And I will have to make it by for that award, I've been a little lazy on doing those. I will have to get to them. Now, if I can find a day to dedicate to updating the blog here...

WonderBunny - Hi! Thanks for stopping! Thank you, glad you liked the review. Hope you like the book if you look into it. :)

♫♥✿Chas @ LovLivLife Reviews✿♥♫ said...

I enjoy mythology. I can imagine the turmoil Thea goes through in this novel. Living up to expectations cant be easy for anyone esp a young child.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Chasity - Thanks for stopping by! The mythology is really what caught my eye of the book. And for a young one trying to live up in their minds. :) Thanks!