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Book Review: Trinity Sight, by Jennifer Givhan

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Title:  Trinity Sight
Author:    Jennifer Givhan
Genre:  Fantasy, dystopian
Rating:  4.5 out of 5

Pregnant with twins, anthropologist Calliope Santiago is driving when an earthquake happens, driving her car off the road. When she wakes up, she’s surrounded by abandoned cars, but no people. At home, she finds her family gone, but her six-year-old neighbor, Eunjoo, is there. With the city in flames, Calliope and Eunjoo set out for Calliope’s aunt’s home, where she knows she’ll find her family.

Instead of her family, Calliope finds Zuni myth and legend come to life. As she struggles to overcome her disbelief—she’s a scientist, so this can’t be really happening—she knows she must get to safety before she delivers her babies, but is safety anywhere to be found in this strange new/old land?

Trinity Sight is an odd book. Odd, but…compelling. I enjoyed seeing such a different and vibrant dystopian tale. I’m not sure I’ve read much connected with Zuni legend, so I found it fascinating. Calliope wasn’t the most likable character:  she’s stubborn to a fault but gives up on her husband pretty quickly, but I still enjoyed her story and the setting was captivating.

Jennifer Givhan is an author and a poet. Trinity Sight is her new novel.

(Galley courtesy of Blackstone Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Tamer of Horses, by Amalia Carosella

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Amalia Carosella is a former Biology major who fell in love with Classical Studies. Her newest novel is Tamer of Horses.

Hippodamia was abandoned as a baby, and would have died, were it not for Centaurus, the king of the centaurs who adopted her. Raised among the centaurs, Hippodamia thinks of them as her people, and is glad to do the one thing Centaurus asks of her:  marry future king of the Lapiths, Pirithous, son of Zeus, and produce an heir to cement their peace treaty.

But not everyone wants peace. Some of the centaurs feel that the price is too high. The King of the Myrmidons wants Pirithous’s land and his wealth of horses, and is willing to go far to get them. Meanwhile, strong-willed Hippodamia and prideful Pirithous must come to terms with each other if their marriage is to succeed, and if unexpected love is to grow.

But neither of them expected their wedding day to be the start of a war.

Tamer of Horses appealed to me because I’ve always loved reading the old myths and legends, but the more well-known ones have been “done” to death. Tamer of Horses takes an obscure bit of lore and turns it into a vibrant, breathing story, with characters that dance across the page. I was more than a little disappointed when the story ended and I had to leave the magical setting behind.

(Galley provided by Thorskona Books.)