|Plot Summary of The Given|
ImaJinn, April 2003, 255 pp.
When the people at her village including her father discovered she was a Trancer, a person with strong mental powers, they kicked Aria out of the town. To her family she was dead. She made her way to a tower where Trancers are trained to use their abilities for purposes of good and after Aria made love with a warrior, her Given, she would become an apprentice. Talon was to be her Given, to initiate her into the rules of womanhood but a coupling that was supposed to be based on passion only, turned into something so much more.
Aria becomes pregnant with Talon's child but on the day she goes into labor, the Reapers attack, killing all but Aria who they thought they left dead. They take with them Aria's best friend Iliana and Aria's newborn. When Talon discovers what was done, he vows to destroy The Reaper leader who he believes killed his son. When he journeys to their hideout, Aria insists on going with him because she knows her son lives and wants to find him and keep Talon from doing something he will regret.
Sharron McClellan is a new name in paranormal fiction but with her talent she will quickly become a fan favorite. She creates an interesting world populated with characters that are colorful, complex and stubborn in their belief systems. The love story between the hero and the heroine doesn't overshadow the quest story line that is very romantic in its own right. This reviewer hopes that Iliana, who has sacrificed so much for Talon and Aria, is given her own story complete with a happily ever after ending.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Given|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
- two lovers coping with tough mission
Mental/magical powers focus
- magical powers (general)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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