The Sapphire Legend (The Sapphire Legend #1) by E.L. Tenenbaum #bookreviews

In her tribe, select families are blessed with a gift that is passed through the generations from father to son. But 26248087something went wrong when Sapere was born, because she has her family’s gift and she shouldn’t.

When Sapere’s village is attacked the night of her wedding, the survivors flee to the Wild in hopes of finding refuge in a dangerous place filled with deadly predators. Now, Sapere feels like an outsider on the precipice of two worlds, unable to fit into the old way, unaccepted by the new, and terrified of being shunned by both.

Through the survivors’ fight for survival, Sapere learns that she can be a victim of circumstance or master of fate. Can she rise above the nature of her birth and mold her own future? Can she be herself and earn the villagers’ respect in their new world? Or will she forever be shackled by the anomaly that makes her different? –

In a society where women aren’t given a voice, their dreams limited to hoping for an amicable arranged marriage, maintaining a household and bearing and raising children, Sapere finds herself in uncharted territory when she discovers she’s inherited her family’s gift.  The gifts in this novel remind me somewhat of the different tribes in Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky, as certain senses (hearing, sight, etc.) are enhanced.

Initially, Sapere hides her abilities, but when the situation calls for it, she isn’t afraid to use her talents and take charge and I admired that about her.  She possesses traits a reader looks for in a MC – loyalty, intelligence, bravery, and empathy, but isn’t without her flaws.  Sapere becomes less jaded by the end of this book as the realities of her world are made more obvious.  The addition of some well-rounded supporting characters add to the depth of this story.

Although I enjoyed this story, once the tribe makes their camp, I felt as if the plot was in limbo – not much seemed to happen after that.  That being said, toward the end of this book several events occur that are a good lead-in to the next novel in this series, but the pacing in the middle is a little passive.

With several unanswered questions and the situation the tribe is in, I’m interested to see where this story goes in the next book.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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