I can't wait for a sequel to this book! Nov 30, Sandy is currently reading it Shelves: I don't think I'm going to ever win a Goodreads First Reads book again until I review this, so here goes Jan 08, Susan rated it it was amazing. I liked how it taught the Plan of Salvation in another way. I thought it surpassed books liked Twilight and Harry Potter.
Many positive thoughts to contemplate. You will always have strength given to you when you need it most. They who seek shall also find. Look to through me and to me and all will be clear. So you must not believe you deserve it. You must be very lonely to be so bossy and mean. List of characters message 1: An elderly woman who people whisper comes from the Night People who live in the pastures of prepahr in Mount Rillmorrey. People call her grandmother. She is known for her gift to heal and give comfort and has skin the color of freshly-turned soil. Father of Selador, Rithel and the children of Light.
Known as Father King of Light. Rules with Thelras, Mother Queen of Light. He is called upon to perform many tasks. A wicked and evil man who began to rule in Cloven Grave—uninvited. He makes everyone bring everything they make or grow to him once a shoomin for the Rendering. Then he gives it back to them in much smaller portions and keeps the rest for himself.
He has guards to protect him. Small, spritely creatures that cultivate jewels in the moss that grows in the woods. Legend has it that they can grow and shrink in size, and they have been given the responsibility to protect and guard the souls of the hoomin. They are only visible to those who are ready to see them. She is one of the sweetest mothers to have ever lived. A greasy, pumpkin-faced captain.
He wants to prove to Harrold King that he can follow the rules to perfection. But he tries so hard that he breaks rules to do it. He is the brother of Selador. He carries her on his back since she is frail and falls a lot. He is the brother of Rithel in the realm of Airen Or. Son of Cael, father king of Light, and Thelras, mother queen of Light. The main character in Secret Speakers. Mother of Selador, Rithel and the children of Light. Known as Mother Queen of Light.
Rules with Cael, Father King of Light. A strange fellow with a long, black and tangled beard who roams the fields and woods of Cloven Grave in his bare feet. He wears tattered clothing and eats only honey milk and the bugs and grubs he finds beneath rocks and rotting logs. He is known for speaking in riddles or making no sense at all. She takes care of all the little children in the village of Cloven Grave.
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She refuses—or is unable—to speak to grownups. She is known and loved for all the moss blossom trinkets that she carries in the very large pockets of her apron. She claims that many of them come from the Impissh Nissen, the creatures that plant and grow jewels in the moss that grows in the woods. He has a younger twin brother, Axum.
It is full of old and gnarled apple trees. We call ourselves people, or humans. They call themselves hoomins. They come at each other on long, fast boats powered by 12 men behind them who row in rhythm.
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Just moments before the boats pass each other, the rowers lift their oars straight up. The two opponents, standing on the prow of their boats, try to jab the other one overboard with their lance. The jousters are attached by a rope around their ankle. A sauvetage boat goes to the immediate rescue of the loser who dangles upside down in the water.
The rope is attached to a crane and they are lifted out of the water by the use of a pulley. Planted and gathered by the Impissh Nissen. The hoomin of Cloven Grave whisper among themselves that they have skin the color of the night. Their eyes shine like stars and they wear their shining black and curly hair cut close to their heads.
It was built long ago as a temple to house the once wise kings and queens of Cloven Grave. There is a beautiful tree with pure white fruit that grows in the middle of it. Harrold King keeps the rest for himself. Its salty taste makes its way to Lakinren Bae through an underground tunnel. They are at the mouth of the pass that leads into the Quorum Range. Jul 08, CScott Morris rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I could not finish this book. I bought a copy when I ran into the author at a local Costco, promoting and selling her book. As I am an aspiring author with a novel and an agent, shopping for publishers , I could not resist an opportunity to help another struggling author.
Talking to her, I found out she self-pubbed her novel. I did not have enough time to chat and find out why she chose the self-pub route, but I am beginning to suspect it is because nobody wanted it. I only managed to read the pro I could not finish this book. I only managed to read the prologue never, ever write a 20 page prologue explaining every excruciating detail of your world , and two chapters, and what little of the story I could discern was trite and shallow, and the prose was, well, difficult.
Let me give you an example: And those who are alone will be alone no more. The silent voices of those who are crying out might, just possibly, be heard. Despite twenty pages of boring back-story a literary no-no , I had no idea what was going on for some time. I think maybe the author was simply trying to hook the reader by leaving some things tantalizingly unsaid, but all she did was leave me confused.
Too poetic, boring, trite and vague. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Dec 07, Lady rated it liked it Shelves: This book suffered from my expectations. I thought the Secret Speakers were going to be a nearly vanished people, part genetic memory, part telepath who carried the secrets of their people; the kind of secrets that alter kingdoms, the kind that rulers want to keep because they are the base of their power.
I thought Fair would be a girl close to court but hidden below stairs that you can't keep secrets from and you can't lie to who changes the course of her kingdom by the power of speaking the tr This book suffered from my expectations.
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I thought Fair would be a girl close to court but hidden below stairs that you can't keep secrets from and you can't lie to who changes the course of her kingdom by the power of speaking the truth to those who don't want to hear it and those who need to. So kind of right away I was disappointed that the Secret Speakers were simply the narrator and little balls of light at that.
And then I didn't latch onto this world with pudgy little people who were all very childlike. Both the narration and the characters were childlike so I didn't really relate to them. Which is odd be aide the author had some great lines and really interesting things to say. So it's not a bad book, I just couldn't get into it.
And it's pages.
If it were I'd zip right through it and wouldn't mind if I never entirely connected to it. But I don't have time for a page book that I'm not really into. Videos About This Book. About KareyLyn Parker K. Books have been meaningful to me my entire life. Back in high school, there were books that came at just the right time to help me understand how I fit in the world in a way that made more sense.
Because of them I knew I wasn't the only one who felt different, or lived with difficult things, or was faced with hard choices. I've spent twelve long years pulling the story of Secret Speakers out of th Books have been meaningful to me my entire life. I've spent twelve long years pulling the story of Secret Speakers out of the air, almost as if it was floating around me, ready to be captured and put on paper.
Now it's ready for you to hold in your hands. For me, my greatest hope is that it will be, for some of you, the book that comes along at the perfect time to guide you on your own journey through this bewildering thing called life. Also, the made-up jargon hoomin for the humanoid inhabitants of the land, etc. Another reason I don't read much fantasy is because of the tone, which was completely different in this book. Written for children, Secret Speakers had a very positive tone. Even when someone suffered a great deal or died, it was used as a teachable moment for building strength and character, as well as reiterating how important it is not to give up.
I think that lesson is important to all of us, no matter how much we've heard it. I was also a bit uncertain of this book because of what I considered a bit lengthy for most children. I assumed a normal child would lose interest or not be able to follow something that would seem like such an epic undertaking. Then as I got into it, I realized there isn't much boredom to be had with the book. There is always action or a lesson being taught. Even though this book is part of a series, I think the younger set will pursue it because it isn't daunting, the language is clear, and it really isn't above their heads.
In the case of readers who only want to read this installation, it is also helpful that the end is tied up quite neatly, so they are not left hanging as is the case with some of the Lord of the Rings books. That said, there were some other things about the book, mostly minor, that I worried about, but these fears were allayed as the pages passed.
However, there were a few problems, mostly mechanical, that I felt should have been handled a bit differently. The author had two characters whose dialogue was handled phonetically, Tooli and Hale. This was good to set them apart and also to show that differences such as being deaf or having a lisp are socially acceptable, but halfway through, the phonetics was dropped, which seemed a bit lazy to me.
Also, in the little bits before and after Tooli's Joust and dangle, his Secret Speaker inexplicably changes names. Sometimes perspective would change and the Secret Speaker being used would not. Then there are the numerous instances of the quotation marks beginning or ending in such a way as not to encapsulate the dialogue properly.
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This made me a bit sad for the author, since several people had edited her work and hadn't caught it. I believe these things can be changed before a future edition, and the book will be much improved. Overall, then, this was a very good book that pleasantly surprised me, and with a bit more careful editing, I believe it has the potential to go far. This book holds beautiful symbolism and deep imaginative descriptions. It captures your attention immediately and keeps you reading well into the night. Secret Speakers is not a book you will soon forget, and you'll be left with your mind wrapped around it for days.
It is a place to go when you need to get away, and an adventure to take when you want a little fun. You'll be telling your friends and family before you're even through. This magnificent fiction is written so well you feel as if you were in it, and you want to be. Don't hesitate one second, indulge yourself in this wonderful world of fantasy and adventure. You won't be disappointed. See all 19 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on March 21, Published on June 22, Published on June 1, Published on May 2, Published on April 24, Published on April 12, Published on April 8, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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