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The High Queen is dying...

At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.

But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. S
Paperback, 342 pages
Published 2012 by Harbourlight
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Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Harbourlight and the author for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Faeraven #1
By: Janalyn Voight

*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Dawnsinger is the first book of the Faeraven series. I honestly don't read a lot of fantasy adventure stories, but I went in with an open mind. The scope of world building is epic, as the setting is vividly depicted with fantastical creatures, dazzling sights and a different language set(see the glossary in the back). The characters are strong
DawnSinger by Janalyn Voigt was a good book. Really interesting and well-written. But I think I need to read the next book in the series before I form my full opinion! Anyway, so far, intriguing new Christian fantasy series!
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
3.5 stars

This story was hard for me to get into. It is set in a fantasy realm and has unfamiliar terms, creatures, and history. I'm glad that I slogged through the beginning because it was a story that I enjoyed in the end. (I was reading a kindle edition and did not know there was a glossary at the end.)

Shae, Kai, and crew embark upon an epic journey to save their homes and loved ones. The book has some surprises for the reader. There are aspects that I didn't expect and that was refreshing for
Holly Weiss
Fantasy is not my usual genre when I reach for a book, but Janalyn Voigt has won me over with DawnSinger, Book One in her Tales of Faeraven series. DawnSinger transports the reader to an enigmatic and endearing alternative history. Princess Shae and Kai, her protector, navigate a journey through a rich Renaissance-like fantasy world.

This is fiercely inventive storytelling with fluid, descriptive prose and consistently time specific dialogue. Brimming with imagery and symbolism, the book delights
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Janalyn Voight has created a believable alternate universe, complete with unfamiliar names and terms. The book includes an 8-page glossary of those terms and names. Personally I thought it was a little excessive and a bit of a nuisance to have to keep turning to the back to discover the meaning of unfamiliar words, some of which the meaning could not be determined from context.
However, I did enjoy the plot and anticipate enjoying the following books in the Tales of Faeraven series. I also enjoy
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very different read than what I normally read but I'm glad to have the opportunity to stretch my reading elsewhere. Christian fantasy just landed on my favorite genere list.
I thought the author has done a fabulous job with this book.
I finished it one day because it was so very good!
I loved all the action and adventure that took place throughout the story.
Definitely a lot of surprises along the way!
Lots of great secondary characters that I enjoyed getting to know too.
Shae and Kai of course
Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
DawnSinger is the first book in the Tales of Faeraven series. I must admit this is typically not the type of book I would pick up. I mean don't get me wrong I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan so fantasy /adventure books are not something I scoff at but I did the unthinkable and judged a book by its cover and went into it not really excited about it but I seriously couldn't put it down!! It was a very good book!

The world that Janalyn Voigt has made up is epic! The setting, the description makes yo
Jill Williamson
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a royal summons arrives from the High Queen, Shae travels to Faeraven to find the queen on her deathbed. But something else is not right. Dark visions haunt her, so she stays near to Kai, a guardian of Faeraven. A urgent journey to release the DawnKing sends Shae and Kai far from home where they battle many beasts. But sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

Here is the first in a new fantasy series for adults. But older teens will enjoy it too. In DawnSinger, Janalyn Voigt has penne
JoJo Sutis
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Fans of Christian Fantasy Fiction will NOT want to miss DAWNSINGER!!!
Janalyn Voigt has reminded me of all the things I love about this genre…the beauty, the adventure, the epic-ness.
I really cannot believe I did not discover this author/series sooner!
I highly praise Janalyn’s addictive writing style- she really sucks you into her fictional world….I didn’t want to leave!
The main characters Kai & Shae are not only likable and relatable, but believable ( I really need my characters to come to life
Larry B Gray
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating story and adventure. DawnSinger by Janalyn Voigt kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it. Its fast paced action and evolving storyline made it hard to put the book down. The storyline was easy to follow and the characters were well developed and believable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next installment.

I highly recommend “DawnSinger” by Janalyn Voigt as a must read for all age groups. If you enjoy fantasy adventure you will love this b
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading DawnSinger by Janalyn Voigt. I was taken back to a time of the Renaissance and saw myself in the main character, Shea. We all fight the demons in the shadows that exist in our own imaginations and I was blessed with Shea’s struggles and triumphs. I read the book on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down. I wanted to ride Wingabeasts with Kai and Shea forever. But alas the story came to an end…or did it. I cannot wait to read the sequel! Thanks Janalyn for an amazing story.
Nay Denise
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received a copy for review from the author.

This was a beautifully written Christian fantasy. I enjoyed the bits of scripture thrown into the story, it really made them come alive in a more action-packed way. The writing was interesting and the characters kept me hooked. I also enjoyed the world and different places in the world.

Shae is a beautiful girl that has a deep connection with Lof Yeul. She has visions from him. She hears from him. She feels a great burden for her people. I loved Shae as
Nay Denise
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received a copy for review from the author.

This was a beautifully written Christian fantasy. I enjoyed the bits of scripture thrown into the story, it really made them come alive in a more action-packed way. The writing was interesting and the characters kept me hooked. I also enjoyed the world and different places in the world.

Shae is a beautiful girl that has a deep connection with Lof Yeul. She has visions from him. She hears from him. She feels a great burden for her people. I loved Shae as
Suzie Waltner
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Even after giving myself a couple days to process, I’m on the fence with this book.

Jannalyn Voight vividly paints a picture of her fantasy world with descriptive words and phrases. It’s not challenging to imagine this land filled with wondrous beauty and creatures as well as barren and desolate places. Shae, kai, and a handful of others undertake an epic quest to save their beloved people and king. I enjoyed both of these elements of the story.

I’m not sure whether it was a positive or negative t
Jessica Belmont
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Epic Christian Fantasy? Yes, please. DawnSinger is an inventive novel with beautifully descriptive prose and dialogue. I absolutely love the imagery and symbolism woven through the book.

The world-building in this Renaissance-esque fantasy is beautiful. World-building in fantasy is especially important, and Janalyn Voigt has nailed it here. Every location was vividly described in such a way that I was able to escape into the words of this novel and pretend I wasn’t in the real world for a while.

Angela Walker
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love reading new books. I really love when books are recommended to me. I signed up to be a Blind Book Tour host and got matched with a book! I was really looking forward to this one.

When the book came in the mail I noticed it was SIGNED by the author. I skipped the synopsis and noticed a list of names that made zero since to me. Honestly, after I have read the book they still don't for the most part. There is also a MAP. I love maps. The font is super tiny so I didn't reference it too much bu

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I really don’t know why, but throughout the book I couldn’t stop comparing the flow of the book with that of a river- a river that flows calmly at its own pace. The book was a pleasant read. Although being a part of a series, it gave a sense of completion at the end. The fantasy world was so ethereal, so beautiful, so mesmerizing. Inspite of few points which created obstacles in making me get connected with the book, I was totally in awe with the world-buil
May 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love a good fantasy, and in DawnSinger, Janalyn Voigt's writing is clean and realistic. Sometimes fantasy can be hard to get into if the writer just sounds fake, but not this one- her storyworld is vast and complex, kind of like Tolkien's.

The reason I only gave it two stars:

The characters are interesting (Kai!) and I was rooting for them and their journey. However, I thought I would get more connected to them as time went on, but I just didn't (don't know why, might have just been my own fau

**2.5 stars / 5.0 stars**

DawnSinger is definitely not a bad book, in case that's how you interpret a 2.5 star rating, yet this book just didn't resonate with me personally. I read it in one day, so this book was by no means a chore to get through, but nothing really made it stand out. After all, there's nothing I love more than a fun fantasy adventure, but even though DawnSinger started with a lot of promise, I felt that it never really took off.

Essentially, all the exposition in the first part
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At the request of Lof Raelein, High Queen Maeven, Shae, Princess of Whellein, flies off on Kai’s wingabeast to be at the Queen’s side as she lay ailing close to death. Amidst rumors of danger about the Welkes, giant creatures of prey, Kai and Shae risk their lives to be at Lof Raelein’s side. Kai is a Guardian of Rivenn and Maeven’s personal guard. He is also the known brother of Shae.

Secrets are unveiled, and Shae must make a dangerous trip to Lohen Keil to release the DawnSinger by singing Kun
Tracy Krauss
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dawnsinger is one of those books that draws you in and won’t let go. It is definitely allegorical but not to the extent that it becomes cliché. Shae, the heroine, is whisked away to the Faeraven by her brother Kai, in service to the dying queen. An epic adventure ensues – too much to go into detail here, but suffice to say that it embodies the quintessential struggle between good and evil. I will be reading the sequel Wayfarer as soon as I can get my hands on it. After about page two, I literall ...more
Christine Lindsay
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dawn Singer by Janalyn Voight is such a delight to read. As an old fan of the Dragons of Pern series and of course, The Lord of the Rings, etc, it was great to find a new author who can wing me away on a fantasy novel. I’ve been looking a long time for a novelist who can take me to a world of wing-a-beasts, sword-play, evil in the dark shadows, and glorious light in the frail but stalwart heroes, as well as a sweet and breath-taking love.

There’s plenty of action and danger in this story of Sha
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm trying to get through books I've had on my Kindle or in my computer for years, and this was one on my list.
This book was a pleasant surprise. So much epic fantasy is not strong on the world-building, for various reasons. In a lot of it, the 'Medieval' setting resembles either Colonial America or Ancient Israel, or a combination of the two.

This one was quite different, the Medieval setting is quite authentic (no potatoes, I mean literally), and the story a world building was very strong. On
Yakira Goldsberry
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
DawnSinger is an epic tale that unfurls in a world that is different, yet so familiar. A high fantasy world with flying horses, spirits, and mind magic, Janalyn Voight was able to create a world that is fresh and new in the fantasy genre.
It took me a bit to get through DawnSinger, but it made the tale no less interesting, and the end was riveting. The last few chapters had me turning pages faster than I could think. Which in my perspective, is great storytelling. The overall plot was interesting
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Janalyn Voight took me on a wonderful adventure to a beautiful, exciting fantasy world. The reader is treated to a realm of emotions in this fairy world. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel to this book in a way I have not in quite a while.

Voight has a fresh voice that takes the reader to a world of Renaissance times where fairies are near and there are conflicts between ruling families.

I would recommend that anyone who enjoy fantastical tales that take you to other worlds and time.

I was given thi
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and and trust...all wrapped up to make this quest one of discovery. What a phenomenal story. Well written like the best in fantasy - certainly a match for Tolkien and the best of this genre.

Ms. Voigt has woven a tale that carries you along on the wind of the journey. You'll smile and laugh and cry and gasp at times as she guides you on this quest along with Shae and Kai.

Excellent story!
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've read this book and let me tell you, this is some amazing writing! I'm not much on fantasy and can't even imagine creating whole new worlds but this book grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go. I read it in one day - forgetting all other things I had to do....the setting, descriptions and poetic prose kept me turning pages and I can hardly wait for the second book in the trilogy!

Disclosure: I hosted a spot on the blog tour for this book and received a copy for review.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Joan Arning
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Fantasy is not my thing! However, I won DawnSinger in a giveaway so thought I'd give it another try. DawnSinger is very well written and I'm sure will appeal to anyone who enjoys fantasy. I believe it was somewhat an allegory. I would recommend the book to people who enjoy the fantasy genre.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shae is a young princess of Whellein. At the beginning of the story, we are riding with Shae up in the sky on a Wingabeast. Little does she know what’s really going on underneath her. At home, her mother is dying and there are secrets about to be revealed…

Kai is a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. He is the brother of Shae. Through certain circumstances, they must find Lohen Keil to release DawnSinger before the enemy destroys their land. Together with a group of men, they embark on a journey t
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Janalyn Voigt's literary education began in childhood when her father read chapters from classic children's books to her as bedtime stories. She grew older, and the bedtime stories stopped, but Janalyn continued to fall asleep to the stories she made up in her head at night. This, combined with her avid consumption of books, gave Janalyn an intuitive grasp of storytelling. Adventure, romance, hist ...more

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