Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: Taboo by Tara Maya

Taboo (The Unfinished Song #2) by Tara Maya
Synopsis (Goodreads):

Enemy tribesmen attacked the Initiates during the ritual Test to find magic users. Dindi’s dreams are in shambles. In despair, she decides to step into the forbidden faery ring, and dance herself to death with the fae. Then she discovers another choice that saves her life…but breaks the ultimate taboo.


After being unfairly exiled from his own people, Kavio may have found a new home, but only if he can protect it from another attack by the enemy. He gathers a small group to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory in search of the ultimate prize…peace.

But by the harsh laws of their land, one cannot both break taboos and keep the peace. They will have to choose, what, or whom, to betray.
My Thoughts: It's been a while since I read book 1 in the series and I have to say that it was very easy to fall back into this world. Dindi's dreams of dancing may have been stripped from her when she failed the Initiation but her need to dance can't be denied. She's a force of nature, that girl. I wish she wasn't keeping all the secrets she's keeping but I can also understand why she feels she can't share them.

Now, with all the backstabbing and triple crossing going on, I figure it's better if all authority figures aren't trusted. By anyone. Even the people who on the surface seem to be straightforward, end up ... hmm, I don't know how to put this without giving things away. How about - Some people say one thing and then abruptly change their tune when it seems like they can use a particular skill to their advantage. I guess when I look at it from that point of view, I can understand why Dindi keeps her secrets.

I *really* enjoy the world building. The people have deep traditions and taboos that they cling to. Those that are lucky enough to wield magic are very strictly bound to the old ways. Dindi, with her yearning to dance and her innate abilities, throws a wrench into so many of the old ways. That Kavio is willing to go out on a limb for her says a lot. Kavio sees things a bit differently, I think, because of his time as an exile.

All in all, it's a very exciting read that builds off of the events in the first book nicely. I don't think you'd want to jump in without having read book 1 but it's well worth it to start at the beginning.

Books in this series
1. Initiate
2. Taboo - Kindle
3. Sacrifice
4. Root
5. Wing

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Taboo was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I do love the blues in the cover! They are very pretty and flowing.

    1. The first few books have gorgeous covers. I do like pretty covers, you know.