Author Kai Strand is on a virtual book tour to promote her new middle grade novel, Beware of the White. She submitted the first chapter of this book for review.
BLURB: As is tradition, Terra learns on the Saturday past her twelfth birthday that she is a Nature’s Spirit. It is her legacy to serve in the peaceful underground city of Concord. Learning she is named in a prophecy and being threatened by the leader of the death tribe…that part breaks tradition.
The Trepidus are the death janitors of the Underworld, responsible for delivering fatalities with a smile and cleaning up after themselves until Blanco, recent leader of the Trepidus, decides the day of reckoning for his species is coming. He begins organizing the creatures and leads them toward an uprising. The prophecy says there is one person who can stop him. Terra.
With Spirit of Security, Frank, protecting her, Terra attempts to complete her training and discover her Spirit talents. Together, they go on a rogue investigation to learn how to defeat Blanco. In the end, it comes down to a battle of the minds. The future of Concord is at stake. Will Blanco, the older, more experienced being win? Or will Terra, the young, new Spirit earn back the peace of the city?
COVER: I like the details: the city in the background, the arm sticking out of what looks like wreckage, the spooky-looking dude behind the girl, and how the girl stares right at you. I also like the selected font with the big, bold letters.
FIRST CHAPTER: Just past Terra’s twelfth birthday, her entire life changes. She learns of her destiny as a Nature’s Spirit and is introduced to the underground city of Concord. With Hermie, an elf-like creature as her Introguide, she must learn her reason for being in Concord and all about those she is there to help.
KEEP READING: I’ll be the first to admit fantasy isn’t my preferred genre. I enjoy books about the real world. But Strand has created an interesting world we get a glimpse into within the first chapter of this novel. Smartly dropping the reader immediately into the action, Strand is quick to set up Terra’s conflict: she’s not your ordinary twelve-year-old and her mother never told her that. Suddenly, Terra is reading the signs she didn’t know existed behind her mother’s behavior. And though we don’t see any resentment on Terra’s part in this chapter–it’s more like an acceptance of her potential role in the underworld–the reader can’t help wonder if as the story proceeds Terra gets angry at her mother for not preparing her for this. I like how Strand also gives the reader a quick rundown of Concord through Hermie’s eyes as he tells Terra more about the city. This is well done, and leaves the reader with a good picture of Terra’s new surroundings.
I’m definitely intrigued and want to keep going. First, I want to see how this new revelation impacts Terra’s relationship with her mother. But I also want to know what kind of dangers lie ahead for Terra.
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (May 16, 2013)
The author submitted the first chapter of this book for review. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.