I managed to read 10 books this month (yey for that) but this one is by far the best.
Kei's Gift by Ann Somerville
This one is the first book from the Darshian Tales series and, I should say, the best. Though there are 4 books in this series I only read the first 3. I don't care much about the characters in the 4th.
I've become interested in books about characters with special abilities and this one seemed a good start. There are lots of reasons why I love this book and why I recommend it.
First one is the world and setting Ann Somerville created. She managed to make it so believable and so real. The countries described are so different, their societies complete opposites. It kind of makes you think about the European and Asian societies a few hundred years ago. The people's mentalities, their behavior, the politics, the medicine and all the elements that create a nation's culture are so well outlined and described.
Then there are the characters. There's a lot of character development, Kei and Arman have to pass obstacles and lots of problems to become the persons they are at the end of the book.
The story goes smoothly and it's truly epic. Ann Somerville is an amazing writer. I should check some of her other books as well.
What is your January favorite?