Monday, May 14, 2012

Song of the Aura Books 1-3 by Gregory J. Downs

STORYLINE:

Gribly is a thief, and a good one.He can control sand, and in Ymeer, that means he can go anywhere he wants. His talent attracts the attention of a dark, dangerous young man, Gramling, and his lord. On the run, Gribly stumbles upon Lauro, a boy who claims to be a messenger from the King of Vastion in the south.

But do simple messengers control the winds?

Forced to work together, the two set off to find an Aura, a being who can teach them more of their powers and explain the strange happenings in the world around them. On heir quest, they meet a girl named Elia, who can control water.

They are all destined to be a part of incredible events...if they survive.

Become a legend...or die trying.

MY THOUGHTS:

 Each book of Song of the Aura is short, almost novella-length, so they are good for when you want something that is well-written, but reads quickly. At the beginning of Brother Thief, the writing seemed a little stiff to me, but by Winter Warrior and Grym Prophet, Downs' writing style is easily settled into and enjoyable.

The story-world reminded me a little of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Not in a bad way, either--I thought it was original, yet had enough of an Avatar flair to endear it to watchers of that series. You can never have enough water-bending, right? ;)

The characters seemed fairly well-drawn, though a few things about Lauro surprised me a little and didn't feel quite foreshadowed enough. Interestingly enough, the character I felt the most sympathy for was Gramling, and I'm looking forward to seeing where his character arc takes him.

There is one mild cuss and some story-world curses. I think I would easily recommend this series to 15-16-year-olds and up, as its a fun, quick read.

Rating: 3.5 out of five stars.

Come back on Friday for an interview with Gregory J. Downs adn to enter the giveaway for THREE copies of the first book in the Song of the Aura series, Brother Thief.

Places to find the Song of the Aura series:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

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