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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,569 ratings  ·  162 reviews
The initiation ceremony is the gateway to ultimate power...or death. A DETERMINED GIRL Dindi can't do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who p ...more
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Published (first published December 25th 2010)
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Alicia Huxtable
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Never let anybody tell you not to dance

This book is a nice read. Dindi likes to dance with the fae. But soon she must stop and become an initiate. But if she fails, she won't be allowed to dance again. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline very much and look forward to continuing this series
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based on an obscure Polynesian myth, this is a fairy tale, but a fairytale like no other. A little reminiscent of Tolkien, with some of the slightly archaic and elaborate language of a legend’s narration, it also has the primeval quality of Clan of the Cave Bear. The characters are well-fleshed out with so many facets that there appear to be no truly good or bad ones. Everyone has his secret ( including the titular hero and heroine) and his goals and none tell anyone everything.

My only complaint
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
10/30/2013 Update: Free on Kindle now!

When I was first offered this book to review, I thought it sounded absolutely fascinating – not quite like anything I’d ever read before. I was definitely right.

The book starts out rather slow. There’s a lot of description of the place, the people, the setting. It was a little hard to get into at first, because I was having trouble following the story among all the descriptions.

But it wasn’t too far into it that the story really picked up. When Dindi is take
*I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Dindi dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, a warrior-dancer with magic powers. Only those who pass an Initiation test can join this group and now her turn has come.

For me, this was the worst book I've read this year. The plot, the characters, the writing, EVERYTHING was wrong with this book. I really hated this one.

Dindi is the most useless excuse for a girl that I've ever seen. She is supposed to be 14 but doesn't
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I won't recap the premise of the story since it's available at the top, so I'll jump right into my review.

The things I liked about this novel were the length, the character development, the writing, and the sequence of events and how they're pulled off. The world building was done alright, but there were a few areas that needed improvement. Some things got confusing at times when I forgot who a character was or wondered who it might be when they hadn't been introduced properly. That was a flaw o
Jun 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
I feel my rating needs an explanation, so bear with me while I give a brief synopsis before I go on to give my reasons for only giving this book one star.

The story follows a number of characters, and eventually all of the various stories bring the characters into Dindi's life. She is a youth from a very rudimentary village--as in, the people live in huts made of dirt and their lives are focused on survival. Dindi dreams of becoming a Tavaedi (a magic-user whose powers are invokes through dance),

My initial impressions of the novel are a bit underwhelming. I found it a bit laborious to read, which was unexpected with a quite short 180 or so page book. There were too many changed in POV for my tastes. This chopping and changing increased the confusion I felt during most of the story. I couldn’t really connect with the characters, once you start being familiar with one, it changes to another, and yet another after that. If it was limited to two or three, it would have been much better over
Chel (The Procrastinator's Corner)
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Rating: 4.5/5

The start of the book was a little confusing for me. So many unfamiliar terminologies were mentioned at the first few pages. It took me about fifteen minutes of reading before getting a grip on the story. But once I got a better grasp, the reading became more fluid, although there were still a lot more unknown characters and tribes that were mentioned after that.

Anyway, I was really surprised by this book. This is told in third person, but there are some parts that are told in seco
♥ Sarah
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
3.0-3.3 stars

**Free on amazon:

This is definitely not the kind of book I usually read – even for a PNR, it’s different.I felt like I was watching some kind of mystical TV show or something, because the world building was spot-on. I can’t even begin to express how impressed I was with the details of this Faeworld. So, if I had to purely base my rating on the world-building aspect, I’d rate it a 5/5. It was flawless, and unique.

However, it got a bit confusi
Initiate (The Unfinished Song, #1) by Tara Maya
2.5 Dancing Stars

One of those I liked it, didn't love it.

Dindi is a young girl with the simple dream of dancing. The problem is, if she does not pass the test she must stop dancing forever.

Kavio has an interesting past that we only get little tiny glimpses of. His dad is driven by politics, his mom has a big secret and someone wanted him out of the picture so he could take over his dad's position (heir). Now he is an exile, no name, no home and a war to stop.

Oh and they meet each other for
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was able to get a Kindle copy of this book for free through Amazon. I'm so happy that I picked it up!

The world the author spins is an old and harsh one filled with magic, faeries, struggle, and war. I really loved the idea of weaving magic with a dance. And though people live and die, Maya mentions these things the descriptions are not horribly graphic or off putting. Some times the implied is just enough to make one squirm and feel for a character. I appreciated the changed track from over-de
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I finished this book, I was mad and disappointed. I was going to give it three stars and not move on to book two. But after reading the authors note at the end, I have changed my mind. I bumped it up a star and will move onto book two when my anger stops simmering.

The Initiate was a kindle freebie that a grabbed because I needed a book to read and the cover looked cool. I think I was going to an appointment or something and needed a book ASAP. I'm glad I grabbed it, though, because the wri
Riana Elizabeth
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I seem to be one of the only reviewers who isn't a fan of the cover art. However, I am a fan of the story, even though it didn't start out that way.
There were quite a few "main" characters, and it seems (upon reading other reviews) that I wasn't the only reader having problems distinguishing between them. If there are that many similar complaints about a story, it's a problem that needs to be addressed.
The world building was fantastic. You can taste the heat and sweat and dust when people travel
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Thanks to Netgalley and Indie Inked for giving me this book and the rest of Faery Worlds to review.

Dindi is a young woman who dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, but cannot do anything right and prefers spending her time dancing with fairies. Kavio is a power Warrior-dancer who is exiled from his home for a crime he did not commit. I just could not get on with Initiate as I did not care much about what happened to the cha
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
What this is: A serial romance reminiscent of prehistory/pre-Columbian fantasy but forging its own world.

Warnings: The world is surprisingly brutal, especially for the light hearted synopsis. Fitting for the setting expect constant battles for survival, tribal warfare and the like. Sexual assualt and rape are mentioned and important to a character's backstory. I didn't mind it as it felt in tune with the setting and wasn't a cheap shock but your mileage may vary. Also, this is an incomplete seri
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
The author kindly sent me a review copy.

Dindi is on the verge of womanhood but has not yet taken the Initiation to adulthood. All she wants to do is dance, but in this world dancing is the way to do magic and only those who are good enough to be accepted to the mysterious Tavaedi clan are allowed to dance. As long as anyone can remember, nobody in Dindi’s small tribe, the Lost Swan, has become a Tavaedi so her mother, aunts, and cousins are all urging her to become a wife and a mother. But Dindi
Bee Halton
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I did not expect that

I like music. I like to sing and a book called "The Unfinished Song" of course attracts me. However, I did not so expect a world so exotic and rich that I could not lay it down and read it in two days.

You get slowly drawn into this world of secret societies, fairies and pure heartless survival when main character Dindi tries to avoid great aunt Sullana in the market square.

And then you go with her on a journey of initiation that ends entirely not as expected.

But that's life
Margo James
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
So many different customs all blended together to make a very unique world. Fae, North American Indian, Northern Europe, even Pacific Islander myths and legends are used to establish the creeds and traditions of Faearth. Very interesting but slow in some places. Honest about the abuse of others but also recognized the loyalty of each to their clan. Left with a pretty important cliffhanger though, so not as impressive as it could have been. Disappointing ending, especially after so many struggles ...more
Patsy Humphrey
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best author I've ever read. I can't get enough and I can't put it down. Kavio and Dindi are such a beautiful love story. Each character and faery is so well developed they seem to be alive. As each is introduced its like meeting a new friend. Can't wait for her next book.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This one was well written with some interesting character development. It took me several trys to finish it and I just don't care enough to pay for the next chapter.
Gina (My Precious Blog)
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it

Dindi is a 14 year old tribe girl who dreams of someday becoming a magical Tavaedi dancer. The odds are stacked against her. No one from her clan has ever achieved this great honor. Her grandmother died trying. In order to be chosen to train as a Tavaedi dancer an initiate must be able to perform a "tama" or special ancient dance, involving both light and magic, correctly.

Kavio is a young Tavaedi dancer who has been exiled from his tribe for a crime he didn't commit. He is a very power
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what to expect going into reading this novel, except I knew it wasn't finished, I mean I knew there were other stories. Four so far. But the name -The Unfinished Song kind of gives it away for anyone that takes a look at the title. You should be able to deduce that the story will not be ending with this novel. I'm glad! I was incredibly and pleasantly surprised by how sucked into this novel I got. It's got fairies in it, but they're kind of on the periphery for now. I think they'll ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, indie
When I found out the first book in the series is free on the Kindle, I had to try it out, and I’m glad I did! I really enjoyed the book, and its presence highlights many of the strengths of indie publishing.

The world is richly imagined and well described. The tribes and clans have clearly defined and described cultures that vary from stable farming to warrior to cannibal. The structure of the societies make sense and are rich without being overly detailed. I particularly appreciated that this is
Donna Zink
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, ya, own
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Prepare yourself to be immersed into a new world that is both vaguely familiar and wildly different at the same time. Tara Maya has managed to create an entire new earth, Faearth, populated with humans, of a sort, and the largest variety of fae and supernatural beings that I’ve encountered in any YA book. The development of the society and culture in which the humans live is masterful and helps in giving a clue as to the mindse
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow. Holy smoking wow. This is one of the few books I've read that I can honestly say was totally, 100% original. I've never, and I mean have NEVER come across anything like it. Initiate, the first installment in Tara Maya's The Unfinished Song series, is set in the neolithic-like fantasy world of Faearth. Maya has done a fantastic job seamlessly blending tribal cultures, traditions, and fairy tales from across the world to bring the reader a completely unique experience. However, as unique as i ...more
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing

***Big time spoiler alert!*** If you are going to buy the first book, just save yourself a little time and buy the second one at the same time! The first book pretty much ends directly in the middle of the story!!!!***End spoiler alert***(kinda)
K, now that I've got that out of my system...on with the review.
In the first book Unfinished Song: Initiate, Tara Maya deftly introduces her characters. Dindi-the troubled misfit, Kavio-the exiled son of a great leader, Rthan-A war leader bent on revenge
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Unfinished Song: Initate is the first installment of a new series by Tara Maya set in the fantasy world Faearth. There are only seven tribes of people in existence, and faeries, pixies, brownies, and the like still roam the earth. It is set in a stone age era, more civilized than cave dwellers. This novel is primarily the story of Dindi, a young girl living in the Lost Swan tribe, anxious to pass Initiation and become a Taevaedi, a member of a secret society of revered magical dancers. It dr ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
As the beginning of a series set in the fantasy world of Faearth this book is complex and full of the initial world building that comes at the beginning of every new series... There is a major difference in that the tales interwoven together mesh fairly seamlessly and without being awkward or confusing... Dindi is the main character, a young girl of 14 who wishes and hopes and dreams of becoming a Tavaedi Dancer which is a high honor and one very few achieve.... She is thought to be odd and no o ...more
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Initiate by Tara Maya
Unfinished Song book 1
Misque Press – December 22, 2010
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From Goodreads: The initiation ceremony is the gateway to ultimate power...or death. A DETERMINED GIRL Dindi can't do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics
Melissa Hayden
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, fey
Dindi is of The Lost Swan clan, one of three human clans who defeated the high fae ~ the Aelfae. Dindi is considered a little strange by her clan members. Her chores are always mixed up, if they are completed, as she rather dance with the pixies than work and then they help her finish her chores which are done wrong. Dindi loves to dance and when the Tavaedi Dancers are in town performing she is on her way to sneak in and watch. Dindi has a plan, not only to enjoy the dances she sees but to memo ...more
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“Far, far better to die. One by one the rest of the Zavaedis came to cast their stones for either exoneration, exile, or death. Some spoke to the assembly of their reasons why, others simply placed the stone according to their choice. Unfortunately, his mother’s plea moved many people to pity him. When all the rocks had piled up, the orange mat held the most stones. Exile. Kavio swallowed hard to conceal his reaction. You have murdered me all the same. Father pounded the rain stick. “Kavio, you have been found guilty of the most heinous of crimes—hexcraft. Though you remain a member of the secret societies that initiated you and are therefore spared death, nonetheless you are forbidden to enter the Labyrinth, to take with you anything from the Labyrinth, or to study with any dancing society of the Labyrinth. Do you understand and acknowledge your punishment?” “I understand it all too well,” Kavio said through gritted teeth. “But I will never acknowledge it as just.” “So be it,” Father said tonelessly. “Bring the pot of ashes.” Two warriors hefted a ceramic pot from where it had rested in the shadow of the tall platform. They forced Kavio to lean back while still on his knees. They smeared him with a paste and rubbed in the gray-black powder. His bare chest and clean shaven face disappeared under a scum of grey crud. Humiliation itched, but like poison ivy, he knew it would be worse if he scratched it. He forced himself still as stone while the warriors slapped on more mud. “You must wear mud and ash for the rest of your days,” the Maze Zavaedi concluded. His voice broke. “I am ashamed to call you my son.” Kavio struggled to his feet. The warriors escorting him surrounded him with a hedge of spears. Did they fear him, even now? “You never could just trust me, could you, Father?” Kavio asked. Father’s jaw jutted forward. A muscle moved in his neck. Otherwise, he might have been rock. “Escort my son out of the Labyrinth.” 1 likes
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