Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun

Title: Aria of the Sea
Author: Dia Calhoun
Genre: YA / Fantasy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Published: 2003
Pages: 272

Rating - 6 out of 10

 Young Cerinthe is training as a folk healer in her island town in the fantasy kingdom of Windward when her mother tragically dies of illness. Blaming herself for being unable to save her, Cerinthe auditions for entrance into a prestigious school of dance. Despite her lowly social status, the school is impressed with her talent, and she is accepted. Her new life at the School of Royal Dancers is not without troubles of its own, however, and Cerinthe soon finds herself thrown into the same terrible situation that she had fled her island from when another student falls ill.

This is great children's or YA fantasy. It is beautifully written in a poetic, very delicate style. The dance in the book is, essentially, ballet, with little new elements added. The imaginary kingdom of Windward serves as a setting, but the book is more driven by characters than the author's need to set up an alternate little world.
Great writing that young girls will enjoy.