Title: Lark Rising
Author: Sandra Waugh
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Guardians of Tarnec, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A lush, gorgeous fantasy with fantastic world-building, swoon-worthy romance, magic and danger around every corner, Lark Rising completely enchanted me--highly recommended!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
In the gorgeous land of Tarnec, evil is commonplace. But when Lark Carew receives a sign from nature to go and find the Riders to protect her village, she begins to realize that though she longs for the simple life of a Healer, fate has other things in store for her: She is the Guardian of Life, the only person in the whole of Tarnec able to retrieve it from the evil Breeders. Forced to undertake a dangerous quest, she finds that love may not be too far away, and that she must find strength in herself if she is to save those she loves..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the world-building of this novel--it was absolutely fantastic, rich, and real--it was well-thought out and it made the story even better
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck--I really couldn't put it down when I started reading it
-Lark, the young woman who is at first timid, quiet, and overall almost plain, but her character development was worth it--she was a great hero and I really enjoyed her
-Gharain, the boy that Lark falls for, and sees as a threat, almost--the chemistry between him and Lark was electric
-The magical elements that made the novel even more punchy--it was a great magical adventure I really enjoyed
-I especially liked the way the good and evil balance worked in Waugh's unique world
-The ending--it was perfect
What could've been better:
-There was absolutely nothing I didn't love about this gorgeous fantasy tale! Wonderful, I can't wait for more from this promising author!
Overall, Lark Rising was just perfect--a story that I will treasure forever, and a world I love to live in! Next on deck: Secret of Omordion by Nande Orcel!