Book Tuesday: Lark Rising

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Title: Lark Rising (Guardians of Tarnec #1)
Author: Sandra Waugh
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Pages: 384
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Lark has foreseen two things—she will fall for a young man with sage green eyes,and he will kill her.

Sixteen-year-old Lark Carew is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. But when her Sight warns her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, Lark is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. Little does she suspect that one of the Riders, Gharain, is the very man who has haunted her visions. Or that the people of Tarnec have called her there for another reason: Lark is the Guardian of Life, the first of four Guardians who must awaken their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark, and Light—keep the world in Balance. To take back the Life amulet, Lark will have to discover her true inner strength and give in to a love that she swears will be her downfall.

This was one of those books that had all the makings to be a great new YA fantasy novel, but ended up falling short of expectations.

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Lark is a seer. She has the power to foresee people’s futures and look at their pasts.  She is chosen to go on a journey to find the Riders to save her village from a Troth attack.  Along the way she discovers her destiny is far more important than she ever imagined.

I love fantasy novels (If you haven’t realized that already).  I think what I love most about them is they really delve into the characters and their struggles without the distractions of modern conveniences.  I mean, think about it.  Take away cell phones, computers, e-mail, cars, electricity, etc. and what would you do? You’re forced to focus on the people and world surrounding you.  It strips you down to the nitty-gritty of who you are and how you would react to certain circumstances (look at Survivor!).

However, what I can’t stand is when fantasy novels et into what I call “Fantasy Language”–Nay, good sir; Forsooth, etc.

Ugh.

It takes me out of being able to relate to a character and that’s not a good thing.  Unfortunately for Lark Rising, this book was filled with it.  Now, some people love that and if you do, then this is the book for you.  Personally, it annoys the bejeezes out of me.

Lark as a character tends to be a bit annoying.  Her lack of confidence and her blind faith in her visions tend to become tedious.  Her relationship with Gharain seemed forced.  I don’t know if it was because of Lark’s stubbornness or the fact that Gharain tends to be a bit of a jerk for most of the novel–completely understandable when you discover his history, but most of the time I was not invested in their relationship.

The villain and her minions seemed cliché.  Nothing new. I would have loved to hear more about why she was doing this and where she came from.

This is the first installment in a quartet.  Ms. Waugh certainly sets us up for the next one, but I’ll probably skip it. Was this the worst book I’ve ever read? No, but if I were you, I’d skip it for some more gripping fantasy novels out there.

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