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Columbine's Tale

(The Tales of Tarya #2)

4.87  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  11 reviews
For three hundred years the travelling actors of Litonya roamed the land entertaining crowds, but secretly leaving devastation in their wake. Is Mina the only person with the power to stop them?

In the ethereal otherworld of Tarya, Mina begins to master the rare, inexplicable powers attached to her gift for storytelling. She discovers she can touch dreams, influence the rea
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 15th 2018 by Odyssey Books
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Cel Jel
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Columbine's Tale continues the tale of a sisters search for her brother. Escaping a near death experience that is at the end of the first book of the trilogy, this story continues the tale of Mina. Mina is an unusual person in the land and has talents that will assist her and endanger her. Rachel has woven a story combining theatrical history based on Italy and travelling players of other lands, and ideas about life being more than what we physically are. This book has provoked me to think of th ...more
Monica Armstrong
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love this book! It follows right on the heels of Harlequin's riddle, Rachel Nightingale's first book. The first twist is on page 10, and it didn't stop. It is one of three books that I've had to put down for an hour to process what happened. It made me gasp and cry. It wrapped me in a blanket of suspense, with some happiness thrown in. Mina is an amazingly rich character to read, as are all the characters. Some surprised me with their spirit. The only down side is I need to wait fo ...more
Isobel Blackthorn
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As with all series, the reader should have read the first Harlequin's Riddle. In Columbine's Tale a short prologue provides a concise and engaging summary for the purposes of catch up, with many useful reminders of the story so far. Columbine's Tale opens with Mina on the run, determined to find her brother, Paolo, and this time, she believes she knows where he is. She's being pursued, too. Thinking she knows who by, she's in terror for her life as she tries to escape the clutches of the Gazini ...more
Backstory Journal
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
“…Swayed by her passion, the Creator granted her wish. The star was born in human form and lived a human life. All who knew her were dazzled by her passion. She gave generously, loved deeply and lived vigorously. But a star is not made to take human form, for it burns too bright, and though she was still young, her body failed. Despite his warnings, the Creator saw how she had touched and transformed many human lives. On her death he returned her to the heavens, made more dazzling because she ha ...more
Carolyn Denman
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loveozya, ya-fantasy
Long ago, when the stars still sang and Tarya was but a breath away, a talented writer named Rachel Nightingale shared a precious secret with the world. She had discovered a key to the addiction all creators have whenever they lose themselves in a pure moment of dance, or song, or story, or art. The key had been hidden by Harlequin, kept from us by his riddles and tricks, but now it was revealed by the eloquence of a trained Storyteller. She gifted the world with Columbine’s Tale.

Harlequin’s Rid
Judith Michael
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Storytelling is at the heart of this creative work. Columbine’s Tale is richly imagined and beautifully told, and like all good speculative fiction, presents us with the opportunity to examine our own world and our attitudes. It takes a hero to strip away socialised indifference and reveal the injustice of long-held beliefs. Of course, such revelations are not always welcome; change might disadvantage us, which is what young Mina discovers in this story.
I loved Harlequin’s Riddle and Nightingale
Clare Rhoden
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Without stories, nothing makes sense."
I think I'm in love with Luka - the Pierrot of the players - and I am very much looking forward to the third book in this fantastic (in all senses of the word) trilogy. It's about the players of Litonya - actors who travel the land and whose acting disrupts the magical connection between humans and their stories, or their souls if you like. Brave and unassuming Mina, searching for her lost brother and having gained knowledge of what has poisoned the acting
Carmel Bendon
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Nightingale’s Columbine’s Tale is the second in The Tales of Tarya series about the travelling players of Litonya. I have not yet read Harlequin’s Riddle – the first book in the series – but I found Columbine’s Tale complete in itself, and engrossing in the world it portrays. The central character, Mina, with her gift for storytelling, has uncovered a terrifying secret that propels her on a quest for understanding and healing as she continues on the search for her missing brother, Paolo. ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A troupe of actors to from town to town but they leave behind secret problems. She has power which she thinks is being used to do harm. Can she find out why? How is it being used? Can she stop it? Follow her journey to see if she can

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Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Columbine’s Tale starts with a prologue that myself as a reader truly appreciated. Within a matter of a few pages Rachel had beautifully recapped what had occurred during the first book whilst also updating the reader on where the story was now picking up from. I love when authors do this, often it can be months, sometimes years between sequels and being able to have a quick refresher before diving into the next book is a book lovers drea
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again, Nightingale effectively draws in the reader to a suspenseful tale of intrigue in the world of Travelling Players. Initially, I found the tale "all-action-little-atmosphere" as it raced through setting the story in place relative to 'Harlequin's Riddle'. However, the atmosphere ~ that magical sense that draws a reader into the heart and being of the story ~ developed most satisfactorily once the backstory was introduced.

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Rachel Nightingale is a writer, playwright, educator and actor. With a passion for story telling and the theatre, it was only natural that her first fantasy series would centre on both. She lives in regional Australia with her family, a very bossy cat and the cutest dog in the world.

Other books in the series

The Tales of Tarya (2 books)
  • Harlequin's Riddle