||Feb 27, 2007
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Tinna's Promise ~ A Fantasy
A tale of determination, personal change, love and courage. This is an adult fantasy; with adult subject matter.
Tinna's Promise ~ A Fantasy
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Tinna is a solitary creature. She’s fleeing a past of adversity, her land and people, where she never truly fit in, and she is searching for something. She’s not sure what it is, quite yet.
She enters the northern lands, where she stumbles onto the chance to belong to something; to a good, humble people—-and perhaps even to a decent, intelligent, although slightly eccentric man.
At this place called Thamatoch, Tinna experiences hope and even inclusion when she’s only ever known the opposite. She finds the potential of love in this man called Taneth, and also in a small, frightened, abused little boy named Hanru.
Tinna makes a promise to this boy. His puppy is tragically killed; and the fragile child can all but bear the loss. Tinna decides she will get him a new one. Simple enough. It is a promise that helps her commit to the idea that she can finally stop running at last.
However, in the act of trying to fulfill this seemingly simple promise she becomes inadvertently embroiled in events that force her to keep running, only this time, towards something instead of away.
Dragons are decimating human society; one city after another falls under columns of flame. Tinna, by some unfortunate accident, is not only told what the secret is that is making the dragons destroy the human world, but it becomes entirely her responsibility to stop it.
It falls upon Tinna alone to take on an overwhelming array of challenges—-leaving her the impossible task of halting events that could force the three races of her world into war.
All the while, Tinna holds in her heart the promise she made to a little boy; her newfound love for an awkward, gauche man; and a driven desire to return to the place that she has come to realize during all these trials, has become her home.
“You make a promise; you give your word - You break that promise, you owe all who heard...”
A great fantasy that will comletely capture your imagination, May 31, 2007
By Reader Views "www.readerviews.com" (Austin, Texas)
Reviewed by Cherie Fisher of Reader Views (5/07)
My attention was captured from the beginning to the end of this book! The author, Miranda Mayer, knows how to spin a great tale. "Tinna's Promise" is based on a girl's promise to a little boy that she is determined to keep even though the world is falling apart around her.
The main character, Aitinna, is beautiful, powerful and smart. Her life has not been an easy one as she was never completely accepted by her own people because she is half-gypsy. When she was among them, she became a warrior - an assassin for them. She wants a different life now than the old one she was living.
As Tinna, stops in a small village of the Horse God people, she has no idea that her life will forever change. The village Wiseman, Taneth, immediately captures her attention and she finds herself drawn to him as she gets to know him. She even begins to consider giving up her nomadic existence for a life with him among these good people. When something happens to an abused little boy in the village, Tinna makes him a promise that she intends to keep.
When Tinna, accompanied by Rhoa, a girl from the village, leaves the village to keep her promise, her world is turned upside down by war. The war includes dragons, dragon people, Nimrath's (tree people) and so many more things. When the individuals who are destroying the world come to her and tell her what is really happening and ask for her help, she knows that she cannot turn them down. But before she does that she makes them promise not to hurt the Horse People. She is also determined to survive this to fulfill a promise to a little boy and get back to the man she loves.
I completely enjoyed reading "Tinna's Promise." The characters were full of flaws and real. The landscape was full of very interesting creatures and I found myself really wanting Tinna to make it back to Taneth and the Horse People. There are a few sexual episodes in the book so the book would be good for older teens and adults.
Review: Tinna's Promise by Miranda Mayer
Reviewed by Annie of Euro Reviews; 4.5 stars (6/07)
It is a world of sovereignties and nobles; townspeople and farmers. It is also a world of dragons, of Keepers who maintain libraries and the best of civilisation, chameleonic tree-dwellers known as the Nimrath, and the children of Arak, who gather in forested communities to raise horses and worship Arak, the Horse God. It is a rather structured society: all the best schools in each sovereignty are directly under the control of the High Throne.
One student, Taneth, is expelled, due to his own actions, three months before graduation. A man who loves learning and the acquisition of knowledge, Taneth could no longer stomach the rigid strictures of the school he had attended since age six. Cast out by the headmaster and his father, Taneth eventually becomes the Wiseman of an Arakian village in the forest some distance from the city.
It is to the village that a young Thran woman appears. Tinna is actually of mixed heritage, Thran and Gypsy, and so shunned by the Thranians. Formerly a trained assassin, she is now simply travelling in search of a better society and a compelling reason to settle. Taneth is quite taken with her, and she with him; but she volunteers to go into the city to find a new puppy for a young abused boy whose own puppy had been killed. In the process, she comes face to face with a representative of the Nimrath, parleys with dragons, and discovers untold layers of secrets behind the world she always had been taught.
Tinna's Promise is a compelling story-a very richly detailed fantasy, that like the secrets Tinna and her companions discover, is a multilayered tapestry, with intrigue hidden under each warp and woof. Debut author Miranda Mayer executes a monumental world-building undertaking, with success, keeping the threads of her tapestry straight, and the plot lines understandable. Watching the moral and emotional evolution of her rather self-centered protagonist into a person whose soul and spirit begin to rule over her instinctive reactions is a joy. Aficionados of high fantasy are sure to enjoy and reread Tinna's Promise.
Odyssey Reviews-5 Medallions
Tinna’s Promise is a story of change and determination; and keeping a promise above all. The story revolves around Tinna, an assassin from a matriarchal society; ostracized for her heritage, she wanders northwards to find somewhere to belong. She finds Taneth, an awkward, somewhat nerdy, even a bit arrogant man, who is Wiseman for a village of horse-worshippers. Tinna is immediately drawn in to their simple way of life, and drawn to the clumsy Taneth. Part of this world is a boy named Hanru whose own life is rife with troubles and abuse. Both Tinna and Taneth take the boy under their wings, and Tinna makes the boy a promise.
Unfortunately, Tinna is derailed on her attempt to fulfill this promise, and somehow brought into the middle of a seemingly unexplained battle between dragons and the human races. Tinna is now faced with finding her way home from a great distance, contending with this violent war with dragonkind, keeping her promise to Hanru. She also has to begin coming to terms with her own feelings about Taneth, and possibly a new life amongst the Horse-Worshippers. But none of that will matter unless she and her companion Rhoa survive the ordeal.
First-time author Miranda Mayer takes an ambitious leap into creating an original fantasy world. Her characters have realistic flaws, and the story has a gritty, human quality to it that makes it one of the more exceptional fantasy books I’ve read this year. The author makes the bold step of starting the book off with characters that might not be as likable as one would expect; she writes selfishness, arrogance and pride into them. She touches on subject matter not many fantasy authors care to, and keeps the interactions among the most realistic I’ve read in a long time. I particularly enjoyed the quiet conversations between Tinna and Taneth as they get to know one another in the beginning of the book.
As you read along, the characters grow on you; you watch their characters change and develop. It is a very well written story, which perhaps could have been padded a little more with descriptions. I was left wanting for descriptions of the forests of giant trees where the Nimrath live, and perhaps a closer study of Tinna’s homeland and heritage. Despite these missing elements, they did not take away from the story. I especially enjoyed the way she painted the Araki graveyards. Beautiful.
I highly recommend this book to all fantasy readers. Especially the lady readers. The book does have some minor sexual content, so I recommend it for more mature readers. Odyssey Reviews gives five medallions for this book.
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