Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review ~ "Nightingale" by David Farland

Nightingale by David Farland
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: YA Sci Fi / Paranormal

Book Description:  Bron Jones was abandoned as a newborn. Thrown into foster care, he is rejected by one family after another, until he meets Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognizes him for what he really is -- what her people call a "nightingale."

But Bron isn't ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know.

Bron's secrets may be the most dangerous of all.

My thoughts:  This book is excellently written.  David Farland's words flow well and I can picture the events in my head.  I love it that happens.  It makes for an enjoyable reading experience.

An example of the graphic art from the book.
The book has an unique aspect.  He uses graphic novel art.  When I first saw the art come up on my kindle screen, I thought that my kindle had timed out and had moved to a screen saver.  It took me a few minutes to figure out it was actually part of the book.  I wish I could studied the pictures better. They didn't translate  well to a digital screen.  I would be interested in looking at a printed copy sometime to see the full effect.  (Christmas is around the corner and I am tempted to buy my kids a copy so I can take a peek.)

The main character is a sixteen year old boy.  Bron has been in foster care since he was an infant.  He is a budding artist, and as such, finds his way to a charter school for the artistically minded student.  His new foster mother works at the school and from the moment she lays eyes on him realizes that he is different.  He is a "nightingale".

She is not human, and neither is Bron.  Her kind often abandon babies to have them fit in with the human population.  There is more to Bron than just that of a nightingale.  Having him live with his new foster mother puts her and him in great danger.

This book has action.  I know that it will appeal to my boys.  It has a great story line that will appeal to my daughter.

About David Farland: David Farland has written and edited fifty published books. These include novels for adults, young adults, anthologies, middle-grade readers, and picture books. He often teaches writing workshops, and has trained a number of people who went on to become international bestselling authors—people like Brandon Sanderson in fantasy, Brandon Mull in middle-grade fiction, and Stephenie Meyer in young adult fiction.

As part of his dedication to helping other writers, David writes the David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants, an email bulletin for writers or those who would be writers. Many authors rave about how it has helped them. Out of devotion, he provides the Daily Kick free. You can register to receive it at

David has seminars about writing/books.  You can find out more by clicking on this link. 

Author Links:  Twitter / Website / Goodreads

Purchase Links:   Amazon Nightingale /  Barnes and Noble

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