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The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier
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Jan 06, 2012

it was ok
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As many people have noticed, this book has a beautiful cover, which hints at lovely treasures inside; however, the contents don’t quite live up to the cover art. Trei, an orphan from the northern part of the mainland, travels to the floating islands to live with his uncle, aunt, and cousin Araene. He quickly becomes and Islander in thought and deed, and realizes his dream of joining the men who help protect the island by flying with dragon magic. When the Islands are invaded by the power-hungry homeland where Trei grew up, he finds a way to fight back with the help of Araene, who has discovered she has the powers of a mage. The characters and setting are nicely drawn and readers will get a good feel for Araene and Trei and their magical floating islands. But for the most part, the author took an interesting-sounding premise and turned it into a convoluted, tediously written story. Teens will be drawn to this book because of the cover, but I think many of them will find it difficult to slog through unless they are die-hard fantasy readers who read everything.
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