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World Whisperer

(World Whisperer #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Seven years ago, Isika’s mother walked out of the desert with three children in tow, leading the priest of the Worker village to marry her and take in her children. In all those years, fourteen-year-old Isika has never been able to fit in as a Worker or live up to her role as the priest's daughter, and worse, she has been helpless against the tragedies that have fallen on ...more
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published April 10th 2016 by Small Seed Press
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Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

Searching through my kindle for good books is like trying to find a good rock for my rock collection when I was a kid.

You have the one's that you know aren't going to be in your rock collection (particularly the ones without some glam on the outside, *cough*all these paranormal romance books*cough*), the ones that fool you into being in your rock collection (fools gold! Oh! The humanity! I thought you were going to be unique!), and the ones that catch your eye immediately (the shiny, gli
Bobby Casto
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great world, fun story

I loved the world; it had a dystopian feel but in a rural, fantasy setting.

Characters were well developed. Clean and interesting story line

Great book! I'll be checking out more from the author!
Stephanie Ferrel
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book. (And the entire series so far.) The plot moved at a good pace, but there wasn't a point where I felt like it was artificially advanced. The characters and their development were also fantastic, although I'll admit there were times I questioned how quickly the relationships developed. (The kids are pretty damn trusting given their history.)

When I got to the end, I was delighted to see there were more books in the series, and they were available on Kindle Unlimite
Carissa Norris
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, the strength in this book is in its characters. They are well formed and well rounded. The younger children in the story are less so, but I believe this is precisely because they are young children. Young children are notoriously similar, so they can be more difficult to make distinct. Even so, I was drawn in by all the characters and stayed for the characters. I absolutely love Isika and Ben and the cast of characters around them enhance their story. I felt Ford captured reality ...more
Gwen Schwartz
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book that draws you in

A book that draws you in and keeps you there, with the beautiful, almost lyrical writing style. Very descriptive world and settings. The characters were so fully developed, that I could (almost)tell who was speaking, without the author noting it! I was not amused to find out that this was a series and the story ended in the middle. I was also annoyed by the weird names that the author gave to the characters. I felt that it distracted from the storyline. I realize that it
Christina Morley
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
World Whisperer is the first book in the World Whisperer series by Rachel Devenish Ford. I quickly got whisked away in this new fantasy adventure series that reads like an allegory. It's a coming-of-age story and young adult appropriate, ages 12 and up.

Dark-skinned Isika and her siblings don't belong in the evil Worker Village, but they don't know how to escape the poison walls or where to go with the sea on one side and the desert on the other. Isika, the eldest child, is strong and brave. With
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the few fantasy books with children as the main characters that doesn't feel like a YA! On top of that, this book is a great read. The story line is quite simple, but really great. I loved the large birds, the character development and the feelings that characters had to overcome.

This book is a journey, where you don't know what's coming on your path, for both the characters in the book and the reader. For everyone that just wants a nice adventure that's not too complicated, this is a gr
Candice Woodland
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I always try to be constructive with reviews even if I dislike a book as I feel it’s important for an author who is brave enough to put their work ‘out there’ to be credited.
It seems I am in the minority with my opinion of this book but I found the prose very amateur and I struggled to visual the author’s world through a lack of description. Although I enjoyed the concept of the book, the execution was ineffective. The book lacked pace or any suspense. In the odd scene that I would have expecte
Kim  Gregory
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what I thought about this story when I started it. There was so much about the goddesses and worshipping them, and I kept wondering when the Christian theme would come in. I jumped to the ending and saw it would get there so I continued on. It wasn't long before I got to that part. I don't understand why the author used the feminine pronouns for the God in her story. If it's a Christian story then the masculine should have been used. I just got an icky feeling from that. But overal ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I came upon this book earlier, when I was younger - I'm sure it would be in my very favorites! Yet, it is not limited just to young people, adults can enjoy it as well, as I discovered. Most of all I like writing style, which is rich and lyrical. World and setting are original, not predictable at all, and characters are lovely - they bind you and don't let you leave till the very end. I shall read the sequels, that's for sure!

"Grow slowly, for this is the way of the great trees that d
Charlotte Leslie
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
World Whisperer

Isika and Ben had a rough life for as long as they could remember. As children, they walked thru the desert with their mom trying to find a place to live. Unfortunately she ends up in a bad place for her kids. Her youngest daughter is sacrificed to the Godesses and her mother loosened will to live so Isika takes over. When her stepfather goes to sacrifice her youngest brother, her stepmother helps her and her siblings leave trying to save the youngest brother. Their adventure star
Interesting, but...

The world Rachel created was heartbreaking and beautiful. I really enjoyed reading this at first, the concept was interesting and the characters were lovely, but the Christian tones were just way too obvious and way too heavy handed for me. I won't be reading the rest of the series, but I highly recommend it if you are Christian though. I was also disappointed to see the author is white with dreds. She may not know this is cultural appropriation, but it's a turn off for me all
Annie Laurie
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A rich, spellbinding book

A beautiful, soul-warming story of the complexities of love and fear, the challenges and rewards of being of two cultures, and the power of healing and love. The characters are captivating and drew me in, turning digital page after digital page long into the night. It has been a long time since a book has kept my attention so wrapt that I longed to be reading it even when I should be sleeping!
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
So glad I read this book. It was free on iBooks. It’s not my usual type, though it had elements of my favorite styles. Such a nice change in pace though. An excellent quick read. I found myself intrigued by the new world and rooting for Isika and her siblings from the start. A teensy bit predictable, but that just means it didn’t let me down. I am looking forward to read more of everyone’s journey and like that there is more than one character’s journey to enjoy. Especially the youngest ones.
C.A. Knutsen
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
World Whisperer Was Wonderful

An excellent fantasy with well-developed world and magic powers that can be used to combat the actions of evil and heal the damage that has been done. I especially like the gifts and powers that the author chose to give the characters. It made them peaceful warriors and healers.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A children's quest to recover a young brother who was sent as a sacrifice to the goddesses.

Isika and Ben have had a hard life and are finally taking a stand. In seeking their brother, they arrive in a new land which brings both amazement and challenges as they journey, led to their destination by two expert locals.

It's not the physical journey that stands out but the emotional one as the children learn there is more to the world, and their place in it, than they could have imagined.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was deeper than I expected. But it was GOOD.
Rae created an incredible and tangible world with characters who walked through the words on the pages.
World Whisperer spoke volumes clearly and loudly.
A recommended book and an author to follow and keep an eye on!
Amy Jones
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Absolutely wonderful fantasy. I haven't read anything from this author that hasn't completely tugged on my heart. This is a book that children and adults alone will love. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Donna Seberry
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story about a young family struggling to find their way in a world that sees them as different and therefore wrong. And finding a world where the truth will mean freedom but is not without it's own dangers
Nina Houghton
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I am entranced by this story. So beautifully and vividly told. I can't stop reading. Hours go by and it seems like only moments. And now I am completely immersed in the second book. But I have to get up early for work tomorrow!!!
Dawn Williams
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting tale

A different kind of story wrapping the tales of foreign deities and the love of the true God. The poison has swept across the lands separating people, lands and even the seas are affected in this tale. A must read.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it

It started a bit rough, but improved as the story continued. There are still times in which the narrative repeats ideas it doesn't need to. The worldbuilding sometimes felt weak, or rushed, but the ideas and places presented are interesting.
Debbie Tremel
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable Story

A tale of growth, courage and discovery as Isika and her family break free from a debilitating and heartless life. Good characters and an interesting plot. I look forward to the next in the series.
Rose Anderson
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. The characters are very well developed, the author shows a lot about human character. The whimsy with which the story is written makes me excited to continue the series. Also always thankful for books with a girl of color as the main character.
Ashley Watt
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I couldn't put this book down!! The story is captivating, the character development starts immediately and continues throughout the book all the while you feel enthralled.

I cannot wait to read the next one!!!
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't too sure I would like this story, but the blurb sounded interesting and I thought I'd give it a try. I'm very glad I did. Apart from a few mishaps in editing, I have no complaints. It was a good story, well told and interesting from start to finish. I look forward to reading the sequels.
Tc Moore
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Literally could NOT put this book down!!!!!!!

I loved everything!!!!! Every character, every detail, every word! I went out and bought the other 4 books before i even finished this one! Cant wait to see what happens next
Bonnie Mitchell
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully different

I really liked the whole idea of this book. It took me places I didn't see coming, which is rare. When I was finished I was dumbfounded. Where had the time gone. It had been two days, it felt like I had just started it. Time flies when you're having fun...
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
YA isn't a genre I generally read. This book is well written, but I felt like it was really slow. I did like the fantasy world & characters, but for me everything seemed really drawn out. ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I didn't know what to expect. I like the world building and the writing. Looking forward to the next installment in this series.
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Rachel Devenish Ford is the wife of one Superstar Husband and the mother of five incredible children. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, she spent six years working with street youth in California before moving to India to help start a meditation center in the Christian tradition. She can be found eating street food or smelling flowers in many cities in Asia. She currently lives in Northern ...more

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