4 out of 5 Stars
*I was provided a copy of The Sapphire Legend by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
Sapere knows she’s different from everyone else in her tribe when she realizes she’s inherited her father’s gifts—gifts only a son is supposed to inherit. When her tribe is attacked on her wedding day, her gifts are put to the test as she tries to save as many people as she can. But leading them into the Wild is a dangerous choice. She’ll need to use her talents to find safety while protecting her secret so she’s not ostracized from those who are left.
When Sapere and her people find another group of survivors, they band together to rebuild their lives while trying to decide how to shape their future. Everyone else has a set place in the new order—everyone except Sapere. She’s caught between being a young woman who was recently widowed and being the last member of her family who can sit on the tribe’s council. Yet as a woman, she’s not readily accepted into the council either. And the revelation of her gifts will either solidify her spot as a council member or push her away for good.
The Sapphire Legend is a young adult fantasy about a young woman who has to determine who she really is outside of her tribe’s expectations of her. As the story begins, Sapere is already struggling with learning to use and hide her gifts, including the physical manifestation of those gifts, for fear of being an outcast among her people. She’s also about to embark on a new life as a married woman, following the tradition of her tribe. But when tragedy strikes, she’s thrust in the middle of even more changes in her life.
The story was well written and kept my attention throughout. I enjoyed watching Sapere struggle to find herself while trying to stay within the accepted guidelines of life in the tribe. Her character showed good growth in herself as well as in her friendships. For a while, she didn’t recognize any of the things she’d done as being especially helpful to the tribe or any one person in particular, giving her a quiet strength, but eventually she began to recognize her own strengths and started to take her place as a leader among the people. I also enjoyed the personalities of several of the secondary characters.
Through all this character growth, at times it didn’t seem like the story was going anywhere. The tribe was stuck in a holding pattern, not making any decisions on their fate until near the end of the story. While the story will continue in the next book, I would have liked to see a little more happening in this book.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more by this new author.