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They told him his world was destroyed. And they were the last to escape. They thought he was safe. They were wrong. Seventeen-year-old Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that's not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar--someone who can m They told him his world was destroyed. And they were the last to escape. They thought he was safe. They were wrong. Seventeen-year-old Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that's not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar--someone who can manipulate energy using magic--and he has no idea. When a message arrives from Jim’s father--who supposedly died twelve years ago--Jim’s whereabouts are discovered, their carnival is attacked, and his mother is kidnapped. On the run with a strange glass map and a single coin, Jim finds himself racing to reclaim the father he thought he’d lost, plotting to save his mother, and discovering the truth about who he is. But going home isn’t the same as being safe, and trust is everything.


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They told him his world was destroyed. And they were the last to escape. They thought he was safe. They were wrong. Seventeen-year-old Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that's not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar--someone who can m They told him his world was destroyed. And they were the last to escape. They thought he was safe. They were wrong. Seventeen-year-old Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that's not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar--someone who can manipulate energy using magic--and he has no idea. When a message arrives from Jim’s father--who supposedly died twelve years ago--Jim’s whereabouts are discovered, their carnival is attacked, and his mother is kidnapped. On the run with a strange glass map and a single coin, Jim finds himself racing to reclaim the father he thought he’d lost, plotting to save his mother, and discovering the truth about who he is. But going home isn’t the same as being safe, and trust is everything.

30 review for Song of the Sending

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Jim Wales life is about to be turned upside down. He knew he had a special power but he never imagined he was in hiding from an ominous power that would stop at nothing to gain Jim's ability. O'Flynn's writing takes us on an adventure between our contemporary world and the hidden world in another realm. They are a just a band of young friends trying to save their loved ones, struggle with loss and being pursued by evil (both visible and hidden). The Expatriates was a truly promising start to a new Jim Wales life is about to be turned upside down. He knew he had a special power but he never imagined he was in hiding from an ominous power that would stop at nothing to gain Jim's ability. O'Flynn's writing takes us on an adventure between our contemporary world and the hidden world in another realm. They are a just a band of young friends trying to save their loved ones, struggle with loss and being pursued by evil (both visible and hidden). The Expatriates was a truly promising start to a new teen/young adult fantasy series. The story is intriguing, the world building highly interesting as the story progresses. I found it did take awhile for the story to catch me. The characters have great potential but the emotional connection was just missing for me. What did I love - I did absolutely loved Jim's relationship with his animals. I received this copy of The Expatriates from All Night Reads in exchange for a honest review. This book published on October 16, 2014. Written by: Corinne O'Flynn Series: Song of the Sending Sequence in Series: 1 Print Length: 249 pages Rating: 3 Stars Publisher: Big Ink Books Publication Date: October 16, 2014 Genre: Young Adult | Teen | Fantasy Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dominick Evans

    I had a lot of problems with this book. While nothing was wrong, technically, I found that explanations of what was happening (i.e. the synopsis better describes scholars than the book) were lacking. I also found some of the wording and phrasing to be written awkwardly. I found it hard to invest in many of the characters. It is hard to care about his family, when we barely see them, Sam is ridiculous, and even Jim's relationship with Charlie leaves much to be desired. It is hard to invest in a bo I had a lot of problems with this book. While nothing was wrong, technically, I found that explanations of what was happening (i.e. the synopsis better describes scholars than the book) were lacking. I also found some of the wording and phrasing to be written awkwardly. I found it hard to invest in many of the characters. It is hard to care about his family, when we barely see them, Sam is ridiculous, and even Jim's relationship with Charlie leaves much to be desired. It is hard to invest in a book if you struggle to invest in the characters. The worst part is Jim's relationship with his Tiger, Bak. The entire exchange with Bak, throughout the book, is annoying. Tigers are these great majestic creatures, and should be the equals of man, but Bak has the vocabulary of a toddler, and is as annoying as a small child would be if they spoke incessantly. Not only does Bak lack the ability to speak in full sentences, he also speaks in third person. Overall, this book was very disappointing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    This is my book. I wrote it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved writing it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    This is my book, I wrote it, and I hope you enjoy this story as much as I loved writing it. This is the first in the series. Look for book 2 in 2015.

  5. 4 out of 5

    S. M. Metzler

    Review by S. M. Metzler Have you ever judged a book by its cover? Well, don’t. It’s not healthy. When I received in the mail a paperback copy of indie-published Song of the Sending by Corrine O’ Flynn, I just walked around for a while just looking at the front cover. It’s beautiful; I’ve always loved blue-dominant art. Interestingly enough, I eventually decided to sit down and read it. Surely, I thought, if the author had put so much time into such a pretty, eye-catching cover, she would have put e Review by S. M. Metzler Have you ever judged a book by its cover? Well, don’t. It’s not healthy. When I received in the mail a paperback copy of indie-published Song of the Sending by Corrine O’ Flynn, I just walked around for a while just looking at the front cover. It’s beautiful; I’ve always loved blue-dominant art. Interestingly enough, I eventually decided to sit down and read it. Surely, I thought, if the author had put so much time into such a pretty, eye-catching cover, she would have put even more time into the quality of the story. I knew it was a wish in vain, and I was to be disappointed. But hear me out, some of it was creative and unique. Before you take a side for or against my judgment, take some time to read my brief synopsis … Jim Wales can communicate with animals. He thinks this is the only thing that makes him stand out from the rest of Sweetwater’s carnival team, who put on magical shows in California, the modern world. But when a hawk-like bird appears, and he taps it with his mind, his whole life changes. Eldred is the last scholar in all the worlds. He has stolen the Keystone from the Sisters in Bellanor, causing the Great Shift between all the worlds, including the Modern World, and now he has the power to … well, do anything really. Only one person stands in his way: a boy named Jim, making Eldred one of the last scholars. Thinking Jim’s brother is the scholar, Eldred kills Dan and takes him and Jim’s mother into Bellanor, the world where Jim’s magic race came from. Jim and his friends, Sam and Charlie, along with his tiger Bak, travel to Bellanor; the bird, Oona, is the Sending from his father, who asks for him to come and avenge Eldred of all the deaths he has committed in killing off every last scholar. If he doesn’t, the chain of the worlds will drift apart into empty space, and Eldred will be victorious. Worldbuilding I actually thought the world building was pretty cool. The fact that there is a Keystone keeping all the worlds (including the Modern World; our Earth) into sync is a unique idea. Supposedly, as Jim finds out later in the book, there are lots of other worlds in the chain, worlds that contain unicorns, dragons, elves, dwarves, orcs, etc. I was not surprised to see Tolkien’s creatures mentioned. The fact that there’s a “Great Shift,” making it harder for the magical people of Bellanor (Jim and his crew) to get from the Modern World back to their world is interesting, and the book doesn’t begin with all these info dumps until later on the story, when you need to hear about them. Scholars This is one of the brilliant things about this book. Ages and ages ago, scholars walked the worlds, always coming in sets of twelve, each of them bearing the mark of Lashte, like Jim. They also possessed a certain magical, energetic ability, making them all linked to each other. When all the scholars come together, they form a Collective (why does that ring a bell?). When the ancient scholars found out about the power of a Collective, they built Castle Dorren and lived there, becoming known for their longevity and wisdom. And then they started to die out … but then Eldred Ward Cathern was born with the mark of Lashte – the last scholar – except when Jim came along. Turns out, Eldred was the one who was killing all the living scholars. He did certain things to the body that connected him to other deaths. This was why Jim was told to go into hiding in the Modern World; he was the last scholar alive, and the next step in Eldred’s scheme was to kill him. Many people in Bellanor believed that Eldred had found a way to assume the power of the collective: by taking the heart blood of the scholars before him. Keystone The Keystone is just as awesome as the scholars. This is what makes travel between the worlds possible, and there are four stones in that key. Those four stones are used to fortify the connection between all the worlds, including Bellanor and the Modern World. Without the Keystone, all the worlds would drift away into nothingness. The Great Shift happened hundreds of years ago, and it closed the worlds off from one another — this was a shift in the energy that kept the worlds aligned. The ancient scholars created the Keystone to keep the crossings between the worlds connected. Jim’s father had asked Jim to come because he had suspected Eldred had found the lost diamond key; along with all the other stones in the Keystone, he is powerful and everyone is in danger. And Jim, James Wales, is the only one who can stop Eldred and return the Keystone to the Grove. As you can see, explaining the world building with the scholars, the mages, and the Keystone, pretty much sums up the story. I found this to be very creative and worth reading the book for. Kudus to Mrs. O’Flynn and her worldbuilding and storyline! Writing Style I think this was the worst part of the book. The first half was very slow, and it wasn’t until I was caught in the story when the info dump came about the scholars, the Keystone, etc., but it was one of the most interesting info dumps I’ve read and it was evenly spread out. The style of the writing almost made me put the book down for good. A lot of sentences during action sequences were too short, as if meant for younger kids who can’t handle normal-length sentences; I thought maybe this was some kind of technique to keep the action taut and suspenseful, but then that technique didn’t work on me. The way the characters spoke was a personal annoyance. Sure, some of it takes place in the Modern World, but how often should your protagonist keep saying “dude”? I thought maybe I was expecting some better dialogue, it being a fantasy fiction after all. Also, a lot of the wording in general seemed awkward and out of place, often causing me to inwardly cringe. Aside from style, there were several typos with quotation marks, and I was somtimes confused as to whether a line was dialogue or not. But it was an indie-published novel, and that stuff happens; I’ll let it off the hook. Read more of this review at Constant Collectible

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Courtney

    What an adventure! Jim's world turns out to be way more complicated than he ever thought, and that's saying something for a teenager who can communicate with animals and lives with his family in a traveling carnival. The action begins on page one and carries through to the very end. This book had me reading at night in bed with my flashlight like I was 15 again. Ms O'Flynn has created a world of magic where even the characters are awed by all they encounter. Jim's relationships with his animals What an adventure! Jim's world turns out to be way more complicated than he ever thought, and that's saying something for a teenager who can communicate with animals and lives with his family in a traveling carnival. The action begins on page one and carries through to the very end. This book had me reading at night in bed with my flashlight like I was 15 again. Ms O'Flynn has created a world of magic where even the characters are awed by all they encounter. Jim's relationships with his animals and friends feels authentic and his development as the book progresses leaves the reader rooting for him and his friends and family to triumph. I hope Book 2 is coming along well, because I can't wait to find out what happens next!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dania Ramos

    As a teenage carnie, Jim Wales travels town to town performing with animals until he receives a mysterious message that leads him to take the most important journey of his life. Along the way, he learns to harness his magical powers and gets some help from his friends - some human, plus a couple of animals. But Jim faces difficult choices that will forever impact those closest to him as well as countless people he's never met. Corinne O'Flynn expertly weaves fantasy elements into a tale about a t As a teenage carnie, Jim Wales travels town to town performing with animals until he receives a mysterious message that leads him to take the most important journey of his life. Along the way, he learns to harness his magical powers and gets some help from his friends - some human, plus a couple of animals. But Jim faces difficult choices that will forever impact those closest to him as well as countless people he's never met. Corinne O'Flynn expertly weaves fantasy elements into a tale about a teen who's unsure about where he fits in. I immediately felt for Jim, an expatriate who overcomes so much in his struggle to find and understand the meaning of home. I loved visiting this universe—can’t wait for the next book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matthew McCoy

    Upon reading this fine novel, I have renewed hope that the art and craft of storytelling is alive and well today. This adventure from Mrs. O'Flynn captures your attention from the start and then guides you through a roller coaster of adventure, drama, mystery, magic and young love. Through the use of familiars, we are able to watch our hero Jim grow into adulthood before our eyes, and see how he grows into his role as a key figure to the future. I don't want to give away any parts of the novel, ju Upon reading this fine novel, I have renewed hope that the art and craft of storytelling is alive and well today. This adventure from Mrs. O'Flynn captures your attention from the start and then guides you through a roller coaster of adventure, drama, mystery, magic and young love. Through the use of familiars, we are able to watch our hero Jim grow into adulthood before our eyes, and see how he grows into his role as a key figure to the future. I don't want to give away any parts of the novel, just suffice to say there are plenty and you won't be disappointed. I am anxious to get to reading part two to see where things go next. Well done Mrs. O'Flynn. Well done!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Kneale

    I enjoyed this book. The plot was a bit slow in the beginning for my tastes, but it picked up. Oh, and the plot thickens nicely towards the end. I like how the "bad guys" aren't flat, but have their own issues and hopes and dreams (okay, so some of them are despicable, but not blandly so). Also, I like how the plot was not predictable, with some interesting twists and turns. I liked the sense that there was a whole lot more going on that first appears. Enough of the plot was rounded up to be satis I enjoyed this book. The plot was a bit slow in the beginning for my tastes, but it picked up. Oh, and the plot thickens nicely towards the end. I like how the "bad guys" aren't flat, but have their own issues and hopes and dreams (okay, so some of them are despicable, but not blandly so). Also, I like how the plot was not predictable, with some interesting twists and turns. I liked the sense that there was a whole lot more going on that first appears. Enough of the plot was rounded up to be satisfying and enough loose ends were left to make me want to read the next one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Darrell Grizzle

    Corrine O’Flynn has created a fascinating fantasy world that had me captivated from Chapter One. I loved the telepathy between the main character Jim and his tiger Bak, as well as the relationship of Jim with Charlotte, one of his companions on the quest. A lot of familiar fantasy tropes are here, including the young man who discovers he has a hidden destiny, but O’Flynn breathes new life into old familiars. The novel ends not with a cliffhanger but with several plot threads unresolved. I look f Corrine O’Flynn has created a fascinating fantasy world that had me captivated from Chapter One. I loved the telepathy between the main character Jim and his tiger Bak, as well as the relationship of Jim with Charlotte, one of his companions on the quest. A lot of familiar fantasy tropes are here, including the young man who discovers he has a hidden destiny, but O’Flynn breathes new life into old familiars. The novel ends not with a cliffhanger but with several plot threads unresolved. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Promise of the Scholar.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ben hartman

    The Expatriates This is a very well written book and is a very interesting book once you get into it. It is a fantasy story and is very unbelievable but interesting plot. I could tell you a lot about the story but don't want to spoil it for you. The end of the story was quite a surprise for me. Don't get discouraged at the first chapter but continue reading and you will find it very interesting while unbelievable. The Expatriates This is a very well written book and is a very interesting book once you get into it. It is a fantasy story and is very unbelievable but interesting plot. I could tell you a lot about the story but don't want to spoil it for you. The end of the story was quite a surprise for me. Don't get discouraged at the first chapter but continue reading and you will find it very interesting while unbelievable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Song of the Sending (The Expatriates #1) by Corinne O'Flynn is a young adult novel, full of adventure. Despite living in a travelling carnival, James "Jim" Wales feels like he doesn't belong there. He's always felt as if he's not from the Modern World. One day, he receives a bird messenger, carrying a note from someone he believed to be long gone. Black Riders soon attack the carnival, led by a terrorist named Eldred. He is what is known as a Scholar, born with a symbol. As it turns out, Jim has Song of the Sending (The Expatriates #1) by Corinne O'Flynn is a young adult novel, full of adventure. Despite living in a travelling carnival, James "Jim" Wales feels like he doesn't belong there. He's always felt as if he's not from the Modern World. One day, he receives a bird messenger, carrying a note from someone he believed to be long gone. Black Riders soon attack the carnival, led by a terrorist named Eldred. He is what is known as a Scholar, born with a symbol. As it turns out, Jim has a similar one. He is the one that Eldred hunts. I wasn't impressed with Jim. He's an alright character, but he's kind of dull and the situations surrounding his life aren't the most original. Many are reminiscent of other young adult series that I've experienced. I thought that many of the foreground characters had interesting points to them. However, I felt like the author could have cut back a few characters. A lot of background characters were mentioned, despite having no part to play in the book. I wasn't a fan of the Jim / Charlie relationship; it didn't seem like a very important part to the plot, in my opinion. I can appreciate that he has feelings for her, but I think he had better things to think about and (to me) it kind of seemed disrespectful to the people who had died. I didn't really like Sam; as a character, some of his comments seemed depressing and I felt like some of his actions only served to make him seem like a third wheel. I didn't necessarily appreciate all of the magical happenings. Charlie's magical power development seemed odd as she had no indication of it before going across the bridge. It did have an important part to play in the book, but I think it could have been better explained. I appreciate that there are differences between Bellenor and the Modern World, but a bunch of things don't make sense. For example, Bellenor and the "Modern World" were separated centuries ago due to the "Great Shift". The Modern World has advanced to present day, with Bellenor stuck in some kind of medieval/ Middle Ages setting- or so it appears to the characters. Why has Bellenor not advanced from that point in time? More to the point, why are they able to understand each other so easily? Not to mention, the people are speaking English, no less. In centuries, the English language has changed a LOT as it's taken on new words from all sorts of countries and it mutates day to day, depending on slang and new inventions. However, the people in Bellenor speak modern day English, but that doesn't make sense; they would have a lot of differing cultures depending on their own people. So, although they have travellers from the Modern World, they would likely have their own language. I could understand similarities, but not the exact same language. I think that some other things are unclear as well. In the beginning, it almost seems as if Jim has little knowledge of Bellenor. Yet, later on, he seems to have more knowledge of it- and the events during the family's departure- than others have. Overall, it was fairly well developed and I can see that the author has put a lot of details into even small, unimportant things such as background characters. Not all of it works out, in my opinion; I feel like some of it is unnecessary. However, I admire the author's dedication to building such a comprehensive introduction to the series. Whilst I wasn't a fan of many characters or all of their actions, I found that there were some intriguing points to their personalities and some of the choices they made. I won an eBook copy of this book via a Giveaway and these are just my honest thoughts on it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Just another reader

    This was a beautiful tale, weaving together fantasy concepts of world building, a Keystone that connects and keeps all the worlds in sync, including our modern world, and makes it possible to realm shift from one world to another, magical scholars, and extraordinary characters with out-of-the world powers. The first half was a tad slow to move along, but the pace picked up soon enough and was gripping later on..

  14. 5 out of 5

    Margo James

    Different style of travel between worlds. Very exciting and action packed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    This eBook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The Expatriates is the first book in the Song of the Sending young adult fantasy series by Corinne O’Flynn. Seventeen-year-old Jim knows he was not originally from this modern world: he can tap into animals’ minds and has friends with other abilities. Brought up to believe that his original world had been destroyed, he is shocked when he receives a message saying he is needed back home. Jim’s life is completel This eBook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The Expatriates is the first book in the Song of the Sending young adult fantasy series by Corinne O’Flynn. Seventeen-year-old Jim knows he was not originally from this modern world: he can tap into animals’ minds and has friends with other abilities. Brought up to believe that his original world had been destroyed, he is shocked when he receives a message saying he is needed back home. Jim’s life is completely turned upside down and finds himself running for his life with his two friends Sam and Charlie. After discovering how to return to his homeland he quickly learns that he has been told lies all of his life. He never realized he was such an important person or that this fact put him in serious danger. Jim’s story is fast paced and exciting as things go from the relatively normal to the completely unexpected. O’Flynn has done a great job of contrasting the modern California with the fictional medieval world, Bellenor. Not only does it seem like the three friends have stepped back in time, but the place becomes gradually more and more magical. As well as his two friends, Jim has a tiger as a companion. He is able to connect with Bak’s mind and it is clear that they share a close bond. Readers will fall in love with Bak and his toddler standard sentences as he converses with Jim. This was a nice touch to the general story. The reader is only introduced to a couple of mythical creatures, however, although one is familiar by name, they are a reimagined concept in comparison to the way they are typically portrayed in previously existing fantasy fiction. This uniqueness helps this book to stand out amongst others within this genre. There was a romantic aspect to the story but it felt a little unnecessary, although it may appeal to some readers. The pace of the book made it quick to read, which, by no means a bad thing, meant a lack of depth in some areas. There were a few sections that could have been lengthened but on the whole it was still an excellent novel. Overall I thought The Expatriates was a brilliant book. It appeals to people’s sense of adventure but also plays on our emotions. I loved not only having an animal as a key character but also being able to get into its thoughts. It will be interesting to discover what happens next.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Zayne

    See my full review & blog post on Desert Rose Reviews! Or, check it out here on Goodreads! See my full review & blog post on Desert Rose Reviews! Or, check it out here on Goodreads!

  17. 5 out of 5

    ~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀

    See my full review & blog post on Desert Rose Reviews! What a fun adventure! The first paragraph of this book had me hooked. Playing on my love for tigers, stories featuring the gift of telepathy with animals, and energy manipulation, Song of the Sending was tailor made for this reader. The character development was done well, showing several characters going through many different trials and challenges. The main character, Jim, was definitely the main focus though, and his story was great to follo See my full review & blog post on Desert Rose Reviews! What a fun adventure! The first paragraph of this book had me hooked. Playing on my love for tigers, stories featuring the gift of telepathy with animals, and energy manipulation, Song of the Sending was tailor made for this reader. The character development was done well, showing several characters going through many different trials and challenges. The main character, Jim, was definitely the main focus though, and his story was great to follow. I enjoyed the various friendships shown throughout the story, with both people and animals. The adventure and danger were by far the best part of the story, keeping the pace quick and intense. I love books where they keep your stomach knotted up, and this one did just that. This is definitely a book I'll be reading again, and enjoyed quite a bit. While I would love to keep following this story, it did feel as though this ending was satisfying. There wasn't much of a cliffhanger, which was a nice change. Still, following this story with the sequels would be amazing, and I plan to devour them soon. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks it looks interesting. *I was given a complimentary copy of this book, from the publisher/author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    The Expatriates (song of the sending, #1) by Corinne O'Flynn Jim Wales lives with a traveling carnival and can talk to animals. One day he finds out his family has been hiding him since he was little. Jim learns he is a scholar, and he can manipulate energy using magic. The bad thing, someone is hunting these scholars, and Jim in number one on the list. Jim hears from his father which he thought had died twelve years ago. Soon their carnival is attacked, and Jim's mother is kidnapped. Jim goes on The Expatriates (song of the sending, #1) by Corinne O'Flynn Jim Wales lives with a traveling carnival and can talk to animals. One day he finds out his family has been hiding him since he was little. Jim learns he is a scholar, and he can manipulate energy using magic. The bad thing, someone is hunting these scholars, and Jim in number one on the list. Jim hears from his father which he thought had died twelve years ago. Soon their carnival is attacked, and Jim's mother is kidnapped. Jim goes on the run, racing against time to save his Mother and discover the truth about himself. A very original story. I really liked Jim, and loved the way he connected to animals. His communicating with them (animals), and his unconditional love for his family added a warm felling to an already intriguing story. There is adventure, action, danger and secrets that keep you wanting to read more. I felt there was a perfect blend of action, suspense, self discovery, and secrets unfolding making The Expatriates an enjoyable five star read. I strongly recommend to Y/A, Adults and lovers of fantasy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Zeng

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is a perfect read while listening to the Skyrim soundtrack. I'm going to be honest. You're reading experience will be GREATLY increased if you listen to the Skyrim OST while reading this book. The writing proves to be very readable and everything flows pretty well. The world-building is very solid. In fact I really like this world and I haven't fallen in love with a world for a pretty long time. If anything th I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is a perfect read while listening to the Skyrim soundtrack. I'm going to be honest. You're reading experience will be GREATLY increased if you listen to the Skyrim OST while reading this book. The writing proves to be very readable and everything flows pretty well. The world-building is very solid. In fact I really like this world and I haven't fallen in love with a world for a pretty long time. If anything the only two complaints I have about this book are that 1. Jim occasionally feels like a girl. Especially in the beginning, there were moments where I felt like "this is totally a girl reaction". The second complaint being that I feel like the writing doesn't have an air of broad and epicness like I'd like it to have. It's not bad writing, but it doesn't make me feel awe-inspired like the Skyrim soundtrack did. (Which is why I suggest listening to it, because it fills in on your reading experience.) But, overall, a very good read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maghon Thomas

    This is the first book of a new series, a YA fantasy with other realms and excellent characters. Jim is 17, but not from this modern world. He has some powers- like reading animal's minds. He has friends with abilities. He thinks his world was destroyed but he realizes everything's about to change when he receives a message to come home. Chaos ensues then. He and his two friends Same and Charlie then go on the run for their lives and trying to find a way home. Oh and his friend, Bak the tiger. H This is the first book of a new series, a YA fantasy with other realms and excellent characters. Jim is 17, but not from this modern world. He has some powers- like reading animal's minds. He has friends with abilities. He thinks his world was destroyed but he realizes everything's about to change when he receives a message to come home. Chaos ensues then. He and his two friends Same and Charlie then go on the run for their lives and trying to find a way home. Oh and his friend, Bak the tiger. He has been lied to his whole life. He also didn't realize how important he is and what kind of danger that puts him in. I loved Bellenor, Jim's home. And how magical it was. This is a fast paced story, with action and adventure. The writing is well done. And there's still mysteries to be uncovered in the future books. There's more creatures but not all of them are explained. I look forward to that. I can't wait to see where this one is going to go from here. 4.5 PAWS!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review. Overall I thought the book had merit. It was a little slow in the beginning but really started to pick up when they finally crossed to the other world. There's a lot of promise to this book and I think it could become the first in a thoroughly enjoyable series; however, some of the plot was a little obvious(such as when he first meets his dad I just knew there was something off about the scene) so hopefully in future installments this I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review. Overall I thought the book had merit. It was a little slow in the beginning but really started to pick up when they finally crossed to the other world. There's a lot of promise to this book and I think it could become the first in a thoroughly enjoyable series; however, some of the plot was a little obvious(such as when he first meets his dad I just knew there was something off about the scene) so hopefully in future installments this changes. There's enough mystery and action to keep you interested and there's enough loose ends on the final pages to make you want the next one now. The characters are likable and believable. I think my favorite is actually Bak. He adds just the right amount of subtle animal humor to situations. So overall I enjoyed this solid start to a hopefully great series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Thompson

    Jim lives with a circus where his talent of communicating with animals comes in handy. Others in the circus are often more than what they seem on the surface, too. But the circus is merely a cover for a group dedicated to protecting Jim as the last Scholar and the hope of his people. When his location is revealed, Jim is forced to run with two friends, his Tiger, and a strange bird. They cross to an alternate dimension and find a world they never knew existed. Jim and his friends must fight and Jim lives with a circus where his talent of communicating with animals comes in handy. Others in the circus are often more than what they seem on the surface, too. But the circus is merely a cover for a group dedicated to protecting Jim as the last Scholar and the hope of his people. When his location is revealed, Jim is forced to run with two friends, his Tiger, and a strange bird. They cross to an alternate dimension and find a world they never knew existed. Jim and his friends must fight and use their wits to make their way to safety and to save their people. This story was refreshing in its new spin on the I-have-powers-and-now-I-must-fight-the- evil-one YA storyline. With characters that were very real and non-stop action, this is an exciting adventure.

  23. 4 out of 5

    T.

    I received Song of Sending as a free copy from the author. The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. This one started out in a bit of a hot mess-- if I hadn't committed to reading it, I would have been tempted to put it down after the first two chapters. It's not that the writing is bad, quite the contrary, I enjoyed the action sequences especially, but the beginning was a hodge-podge of actions and reactions where the reader has no context to make sense I received Song of Sending as a free copy from the author. The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. This one started out in a bit of a hot mess-- if I hadn't committed to reading it, I would have been tempted to put it down after the first two chapters. It's not that the writing is bad, quite the contrary, I enjoyed the action sequences especially, but the beginning was a hodge-podge of actions and reactions where the reader has no context to make sense of what the characters are doing-- or why. For a twenty-year-old, I found Jim too immature for my taste, but other readers make appreciate the vulnerability his naivete brings to the story. Hang in there, while awkward in places, the plot pulls together over time.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Delia

    This isn't the type of book I usually choose to read but I enjoyed it. It kept me interested and always curious to know what was coming next. Maybe because this isn't the genre I usually read, the different language slowed me down a bit but I really liked all the characters. Well, maybe I didn't LIKE all the characters but I felt they were well written. I also enjoyed some of the creative items like the map and the coin. The one thing that bothered me was the "voice" of Bak, the Tiger. I wanted h This isn't the type of book I usually choose to read but I enjoyed it. It kept me interested and always curious to know what was coming next. Maybe because this isn't the genre I usually read, the different language slowed me down a bit but I really liked all the characters. Well, maybe I didn't LIKE all the characters but I felt they were well written. I also enjoyed some of the creative items like the map and the coin. The one thing that bothered me was the "voice" of Bak, the Tiger. I wanted him to sound different. I look forward to seeing where the series takes Jim.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    First chapter hard to get into. Chpapter 7. I'm hooked loving it. I enjoyed the book,I think Bak really made the book. The story line was interesting but poor Dan. If you are into fantasy this is a must read. First chapter hard to get into. Chpapter 7. I'm hooked loving it. I enjoyed the book,I think Bak really made the book. The story line was interesting but poor Dan. If you are into fantasy this is a must read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    I really loved this book. Well written and constructed plotline with interesting main characters. Look forward to reading the rest of the series. Keep up the good work Corinne! Happy Reading!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robin Murray

    I enjoyed reading this very creative story and I am looking forward to book two! The story took a bit to unfold but well worth it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Schell

    I really enjoyed this book. I found it very easy to read and a lot of fun. I can't wait to see where the story leads in the next book. I really enjoyed this book. I found it very easy to read and a lot of fun. I can't wait to see where the story leads in the next book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zan Marie Steadham

    This is a richly detailed coming of age and quest story that draws you into a world of wonder and surprising revelations. I will be looking for part two of this new series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barry

    Light fast reading fantasy. Somewhat spotty in plot and no real ending

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