A Flight of Marewings

A Flight of Marewings  by  Kristen S. Walker   description:

Korinna’s life gets turned upside down when the ghost of her father suddenly appears. Her father was duke of Kyratia City and he wanted Korinna to marry his warlord, the foreign mercenary Galenos, and inherit his title–but the city’s Council has other plans. When the Council denies Korinna’s right to rule, she decides to join Galenos’s mercenary company and tame a wild marewing in order to take the city by force. But people whisper that the late duke’s untimely death was murder, an induced madness that forced him to dance himself to death–and now that madness is spreading. Can Korinna become a marewing rider and conquer Kyratia in time to save everyone?

marewingsBOOK 1: A Flight of Marewings   3 STARS

This book was really interesting and Walker does a great job of creating a whole other world filled with politics and war and religion in a way that it is still easy to understand… and really gave a lot of layers and twists to the story that made it feel very real… I loved the idea of Wyld magic… something that is just natural and can’t truly be controlled… it gave a very interesting explanation for all the strange and magical creatures in the land that the very land had evolved into wilder more dangerous monsters… however, my main problem is that at the beginning Korinna and Galenos were very unlikeable characters that didn’t really make sense… Korinna begins fearing Galenos is coming to force her to marry him against her will now that her father is dead… but when he shows up he’s kind and courteous and gives her a choice showing no reason why Korinna had been afraid… and yet she says yes and continues to act like she’s being forced to do so… after which Galenos goes on to think of her as an idiot and just a pawn to be used… once more when Korinna is set free to do as she wants she continues to try and force Galenos to marry her even though she doesn’t particularly seem to like him… it isn’t until after Korinna joins basic training that the story seems to find a balance and the characters actually become people you care about… even so people continue to do things that don’t really make sense except to give the impression that Walker just wanted some kind of conflict to arise… like when Galenos and Varranor are talking about how they’re about to fight the Mauve Dragons and then when they go in to attack Galenos is surprised they’re fighting the Mauve Dragons… and so while the story on a whole is very exciting and I couldn’t wait to see how it ended it just kept seeming to have little hitches a long the way that couldn’t be ignored… also there were these constant hints that there was some sort of connection between Korinna and the Marewings and yet it is never really explored… though I hope there will be future books about her that do and I would definitely love to read more of this world…

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