Friday, October 26, 2012

Nightingale by David Farland, Book Review

I'm happy to be the next stop on David Farland's blog tour today for this incredible book.

The multi-award winning novel, Nightingale by best-selling author, David Farland is available in hardback, ebook, and now in a special iPad enhanced version. This young-adult fantasy novel has already been turning heads.
Grand Prize Winner of the Hollywood Book Festival, placed first in all genres, all categories.

Winner of the 2012 International Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel of the Year!

Finalist in the Global Ebook Awards

I read this book on my iPad--a first for me--and I have to say that the experience was like nothing I had imagined. The samples from the soundtrack blended seamlessly with the storyline. I'm not one who listens to music while I read, I like it quiet, so I was a bit skeptical. But the music was amazing and left me wanting the full soundtrack so that I could play it while I continued to read.
On the iPad enhanced version, there are also several author interviews with Dave. He is a master storyteller, teacher, and sharer of little-known facts. I enjoyed every one of his interviews and look forward to listening to them again. The artwork included was also fantastic, keep reading to see a sample.

Here's a description of the book: 

Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness.  Others sing to summon it. . . .

Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was--what her people call a "nightingale."

But Bron isn't ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know.  Bron's secret may be the most dangerous of all.

In his remarkable young adult fantasy debut, David Farland shows why critics have called his work "compelling," "engrossing," "powerful," "profound," and "ultimately life-changing."

"Superb worldbuilding, strong characters, and Dave's characteristic excellent prose.  --Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

*So aside from the enhanced effects, why did I like the book? I'm always intrigued when an author can set a story in our world, but introduce a new species. So in Nightingale, we have this inter-weaving of humans and Bron, who is the Nightingale, a baby abandoned by its species and he has wicked awesome powers.  
Farland has a gift when it comes to creating characters. Each one walks off the page. We know the main characters, but we can feel the secondary characters standing next to them. The plot line is engrossing and I was rooting for several of the characters, worrying over what might happen to them.

"A wonderful tale of a young man trying to find his humanity, even though he's not quite human.  One of Farland's very best!"--#1 International Bestseller Kevin J. Anderson

About the author: 

David Farland has written and edited fifty published books. These include novels for adults, young adults, anthologies, middle-grade readers, and picture books. He often teaches writing workshops, and has trained a number of people who went on to become international bestselling authors—people like Brandon Sanderson in fantasy, Brandon Mull in middle-grade fiction, and Stephenie Meyer in young adult fiction.

As part of his dedication to helping other writers, David writes the David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants, an email bulletin for writers or those who would be writers. Many authors rave about how it has helped them. Out of devotion, he provides the Daily Kick free. You can register to receive it at
Farland has plans for three more books in the series: Dream Assassin, Draghoul, and Shadow Lord.

You can learn more about Dave and his books/writing seminars here:

Twitter handle @DavidFarland

David Farland Amazon Page

 Blog Tour Schedule for Nightingale by David Farland 2012

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