Title: Lark Rising
Author: Sandra Waugh
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: Sept. 2014
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Sandra Waugh is making her debut into the world of Young Adult Fantasy with a strong kick. Lark Rising will take her to soaring heights!!!
Lark is not your average heroine. She is shy, timid, and not looking for an adventure. In fact her idea of a perfect day includes tending to the weeds in her garden. But Lark has a gift. A gift that has left her bound for things greater than she could ever have imagined. And despite her lack of an adventure bone, Lark has been called. So when trouble is sensed in her village and she receives a sign, she is tasked with enlisting the help of legendary group of fighters called the Riders to protect the village. But what should have been a simple task turns into a crazy adventure. because she learns the actually reason that she was called: she is the Guardian of Life, one of four guardians who are to retrieve their stolen amulets after awakening their powers or the world will fall into chaos. But it’s not a true adventure without a trusty steed, an emotional, over-bearing protector, and a grouchy woodland creature. Lark doesn’t know it yet but she is bound for greatness, but only I’d she can stay alive that long. With the help from the guy of her dreams, temperamental gnome, and her own intuition Lark will answer her call as a guardian, or die trying.
Lark’s changes from the beginning to the end of the novel are not as obvious in most book. She did not all of a sudden become this loud, strong, unbeatable guardian. She was still the quiet, humble, reserved Lark she was at the beginning of the novel, she just had more confidence in herself. And for that Sandra Waugh deserves a big pat on the back, because unlike most heroes in stories you find today, she keeps Lark more real simply because she keeps Lark a hero in her own terms. You have to be paying attention to notice how Lark grows. She goes from a girl who wouldn’t take a chance to girl literally taking leaps of faith off mountains and hoping for the best. Most importantly for Lark, she learns to trust in herself, her visions, and–as sappy as it sounds–the power of love.
Even though I love Lark and she is great, I can say my absolute favorite characters are the three shining men in Lark’s life: Rune, Gharain, and Twig. Rune is her loyal steed, her faithful companion, and he’s just so cute. He protects Lark more than once and is fully dedicated like an oversized dog. He brings out the delightful humor in the novel with his great timing and personality–even though he is a horse. Twig was one of the best things that happened. He appeared out of thin air practically and from that moment just causes chaos (unintentionally) in his attempts to guide Lark towards the right path. He’s sharp, self indignant, and absolutely very lovable. He comes of as grouchy but he is really a sweet and caring gnome. And finally there’s Gharain. He is the man of her dreams, (literally), the guy destined to kill her, and the guy she can’t help but love (even though she doesn’t want to). Gharain’s hot and cold attitude also drives Lark crazy. Their witty banter, and awkward encounters bring a lot of comic relief. And who doesn’t enjoy a little sexual tension?
Lark Rising has a special characteristic you just can’t forget. The beautiful development of the world, draws you in and holds your attention. A thing I notice with Rising Lark is you just can’t power through it. It forces you to stop and enjoy the moment, and compared to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it was a nice change of pace.
Lark Rising was full of adventure, wit, and a soft-spoken young girl with a strong will ready to do what is necessary. The thoughtful descriptions of this enigmatic and lush world make everything so vivid! One sees the brilliance in the colors of the town, the grass, the sky, the mountains, the castle; And they taste the crisps fresh air of the atmosphere. Every moment was splendid. Lark Rising is a rising star in its own way.