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Saturday, August 8, 2015

review: War of Rain by H.W. Vivian


“Rain didn't make things messy. People did that all on their own.” - Barbara Delinsky, The Secret Between Us

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War of Rain
fifteen-year old Miri is a Rain-gatherer. together with the people from her village of Boreala, she treks daily up a winding path to a mountain to gather Rain - a gift from Kalono, the God of Rain himself. one day, returning home with enough Rain for trading and personal use, Miri accidentally kills a citizen of Stratos. the tense standoff between her people and Stratos is shattered by her impulsive action. what peace Boreala enjoyed for generations is now broken. Stratos declares war and only Miri can prevent it from happening.
the novel is divided into three parts with an epilogue. the first one introduces the reader to a post-apocalyptic desert world baking under a coffee-colored sky, to the peace-loving citizens of Boreala, Atmos and Nimbos, to the bloodthirsty barbarians of Stratos and the mysterious Rain. the second part relates how Miri journeys to the mountain to seek Kalono's help and bring back an invention that can bring both peace and war to save her people. moreover, it provides much of the novel's historical background. the last section deals with Miri's return with the peace and war invention she found.
this book transcends the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy and adventure. occasionally, it sidesteps into the realm of the fantastic and somehow it works! 
H.W. Vivian's writing is extraordinary. she has an eye for detail and is able to involve her readers into the unique world she has vividly created. her characters are well defined. her descriptions are striking and quite graphic at times. her imagination is rich and powerful. all of these made an impression and i never had a dull moment reading Miri's story.
on a deeper level, Vivian explores and makes us see how the natural world maintains a constant and dynamic relationship with humanity. she also looks into how science and progress can both be a curse and a blessing, how faith in one's self and holding on to spiritual beliefs and convictions can make a difference and how mankind's penchant for greed and destruction could only yield dire consequences.
overall, i enjoyed the book especially the strange and inexplicable Rain. so far, i have never come across anything like it yet. i did find a few typos though that the author's editor may have overlooked but nothing too major to distract or confound me and disrupt the flow of the story.
War of Rain will not be my last Vivian book. i am interested and eager to check out her other works - Chasers, Days of Amber and Monarchs.

*War of Rain is available in print and digital formats at Amazon. for more information about H. W. Vivian/Alex Chu, please visit her Amazon page.

my personal rating is:
War of Rain contains material not suitable for younger readers 14 and under. 






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Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy for review via Tomoson. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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