At first glance, ‘The Whisperers of Evernow’ is essentially a teen / YA Fantasy Romance novel, and this is how it is marketed.
However, there is much here to please readers who are looking for pure Fantasy; an interesting basic premise that all bibliophiles will understand (the power of words), strong characters (both male and female), and a heroic aspect that will delight more hardcore Fantasy fans.
Though slightly overwritten in places, there are some lovely lines and some beautiful phrasing in ‘Whisperers’, and some of the encounters are genuinely touching. The place naming / cultural convention in the realm – that of using musical terms – is a strong idea, and I am sure this will be expanded upon in the next novel; indeed, I would be interested in reading of the differences between the five realms that exist in Evernow.
One downside is that the world is obviously mapped out in Catherine’s head (there is a handy map at the start of the book, for those readers who enjoy that sort of thing – such as myself) but this is not explored very deeply, not even the realm in which this story takes place, and I would have wished for a bit more ‘colour’ or description of the Kingdom of Forte Cadence, to help me enter that realm and picture it closer to what I imagine Catherine’s own vision is. I hope that more detail will be forthcoming as the series develops.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and wouldn’t mind reading the next in the series – I would especially recommend it to the teen / YA readers it is aimed at.
And I wouldn’t turn my nose up at reading some of Catherine’s other work, either.
When the King owns your words, who will own your heart?
Manipulated by a vicious King, Jeremiah is stripped of his identity and forced into a life of silent submission as a Whisperer. Allowed only to speak at the command of the King, one thousand Whisperers must line up in rows and chant their sadistic ruler’s darkest desires. As each evil wish comes true, the King’s power over his impoverished kingdom grows.
When Jeremiah’s fears for the family he left behind are confirmed, he turns in desperation to the most unlikely person for help—the King’s eldest daughter. But is Princess Rose as kind as she is beautiful, or will she lure him into a trap?
To save those dearest to him, Jeremiah has no choice but to put his trust in Rose, whose own life is threatened as her father prepares to clear the path to the throne for his newborn son. Together they embark on a bold plan to overthrow the King and set the Whisperers free.
As love blossoms in this most unlikely place, Jeremiah and Rose must discover how to use the power of the spoken word to conquer more than just the kingdom. They will need to conquer their hearts.
The first book in the spellbinding The Kingdoms of Evernow series, this is a must-read by award-winning author, Heidi Catherine.
I do not get paid for blog tours and this is my honest review.