Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Expatriates by Corinne O'Flynn (Song of the Sending #1)

The Expatriates 

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
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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 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.

The Expatriates (Song of the Sending, #1)My Review:
The Expatriates by Corinne O'Flynn

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.

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