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 m ...more
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 ...more
I found it hard to invest in many of the characters. It is hard to care about his family, when we barely see them, Sam is ridiculous, and even Jim's relationship with Charlie leaves much to be desired. It is hard to invest in a bo ...more
Have you ever judged a book by its cover? Well, don’t. It’s not healthy.
When I received in the mail a paperback copy of indie-published Song of the Sending by Corrine O’ Flynn, I just walked around for a while just looking at the front cover. It’s beautiful; I’ve always loved blue-dominant art.
Interestingly enough, I eventually decided to sit down and read it. Surely, I thought, if the author had put so much time into such a pretty, eye-catching cover, she would have put e ...more
The action begins on page one and carries through to the very end. This book had me reading at night in bed with my flashlight like I was 15 again. Ms O'Flynn has created a world of magic where even the characters are awed by all they encounter. Jim's relationships with his animals ...more
Corinne O'Flynn expertly weaves fantasy elements into a tale about a t ...more
Through the use of familiars, we are able to watch our hero Jim grow into adulthood before our eyes, and see how he grows into his role as a key figure to the future.
I don't want to give away any parts of the novel, ju ...more
I like how the "bad guys" aren't flat, but have their own issues and hopes and dreams (okay, so some of them are despicable, but not blandly so). Also, I like how the plot was not predictable, with some interesting twists and turns. I liked the sense that there was a whole lot more going on that first appears.
Enough of the plot was rounded up to be satis ...more
This is a very well written book and is a very interesting book once you get into it. It is a fantasy story and is very unbelievable but interesting plot. I could tell you a lot about the story but don't want to spoil it for you. The end of the story was quite a surprise for me. Don't get discouraged at the first chapter but continue reading and you will find it very interesting while unbelievable.
The Expatriates is the first book in the Song of the Sending young adult fantasy series by Corinne O’Flynn. Seventeen-year-old Jim knows he was not originally from this modern world: he can tap into animals’ minds and has friends with other abilities. Brought up to believe that his original world had been destroyed, he is shocked when he receives a message saying he is needed back home. Jim’s life is completel ...more
What a fun adventure!
The first paragraph of this book had me hooked. Playing on my love for tigers, stories featuring the gift of telepathy with animals, and energy manipulation, Song of the Sending was tailor made for this reader.
The character development was done well, showing several characters going through many different trials and challenges. The main character, Jim, was definitely the main focus though, and his story was great to follo ...more
Jim Wales lives with a traveling carnival and can talk to animals. One day he finds out his family has been hiding him since he was little. Jim
learns he is a scholar, and he can manipulate energy using magic. The bad thing, someone is hunting these scholars, and Jim in number one on the list.
Jim hears from his father which he thought had died twelve years ago. Soon their carnival is attacked, and Jim's mother is kidnapped. Jim goes on ...more
This book is a perfect read while listening to the Skyrim soundtrack. I'm going to be honest. You're reading experience will be GREATLY increased if you listen to the Skyrim OST while reading this book.
The writing proves to be very readable and everything flows pretty well. The world-building is very solid. In fact I really like this world and I haven't fallen in love with a world for a pretty long time. If anything th ...more
Overall I thought the book had merit. It was a little slow in the beginning but really started to pick up when they finally crossed to the other world. There's a lot of promise to this book and I think it could become the first in a thoroughly enjoyable series; however, some of the plot was a little obvious(such as when he first meets his dad I just knew there was something off about the scene) so hopefully in future installments this ...more
Maybe because this isn't the genre I usually read, the different language slowed me down a bit but I really liked all the characters. Well, maybe I didn't LIKE all the characters but I felt they were well written. I also enjoyed some of the creative items like the map and the coin.
The one thing that bothered me was the "voice" of Bak, the Tiger. I wanted h ...more
Corinne O’Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and mystery books. She's the author of The Expatriates fantasy-adventure series, Witches of Tower Hill paranormal suspense series featuring the award-winning Ghosts of Witches Past, the Aumahnee Prophecy urban fantasy series, which she co-writes with Lisa Manifold, and the Half Moon Girls murder-mystery series. She is also a publisher wi...more