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I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this - do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet? Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home - and her family - in pieces. And the goddess hasn't finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this - do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet? Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home - and her family - in pieces. And the goddess hasn't finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira has only the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety.


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I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this - do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet? Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home - and her family - in pieces. And the goddess hasn't finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this - do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet? Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home - and her family - in pieces. And the goddess hasn't finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira has only the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety.

47 review for Swallow's Dance

  1. 3 out of 5

    Blue

    Before I start talking about the book, I need to say that as an Australian, I wasn't aware of Wendy Orr who moved to Australia at the age of 21. When I received this parcel from Allen & Unwin and this book was inside, I was stoked. I have always been a massive supporter of Aussie authors and I cannot get enough of them, whether they are self published or not. Overall, I found that this book wasn't for me. There were a lot of elements that I liked about the book but unfortunately it wasn't eno Before I start talking about the book, I need to say that as an Australian, I wasn't aware of Wendy Orr who moved to Australia at the age of 21. When I received this parcel from Allen & Unwin and this book was inside, I was stoked. I have always been a massive supporter of Aussie authors and I cannot get enough of them, whether they are self published or not. Overall, I found that this book wasn't for me. There were a lot of elements that I liked about the book but unfortunately it wasn't enough to keep me enticed. Which is disappointing as I was looking at other works written by Wendy Orr but now I am not in a rush to go out and purchase her other books. Though one day I will, I hope to find her other books more enthralling. I loved that young girls and women are empowered in this book. Usually in historical works, woman are usually just the barer of children. They have no say, they have no power and usually kept in the background and quiet. In Swallow's Dance, woman have a powerful place on earth and it truly is inspiring to see. What I also loved is the effort Orr went through with the research/ idea of this book. At the start of the book you find a little author's note where Orr goes into details about a archaeological dig on the island of Santorini or as it was formally known as Thera, where a small village was discovered with their valuables still inside. When the volcano erupted those that were not injured had the chance to escape, the rest were buried for centuries. Basing a novel on what was found under the earth is truly fascinating and I found Orr's imagination with this story is fascinating. The plot of the story itself was ingenious and had so much promise to it. However, I believe that this story would have been better told from third person rather then first. I am not a massive fan of first person, for me it generally leaves the reader spending to much time in the characters mind rather than following the character through out the story. What was a massive disappointment in this book was our main character Leira spent most of time questioning herself, even in hectic situations where you would think instinct would take over. I mean who really stands still when a volcano is exploding and really start question their next moves. Me? I wouldn't think twice about grabbing my family and running like hell. Unfortunately another fact about this book that let me down was the fact I couldn't relate to any of the characters. There would have been no remorse or tears if the characters died or suffered. They didn't draw me in, even when their survival was at risk. Overall the plot and the history behind this book were amazing however, the characters and the writing style just didn't work for me. Though I will still keep an eye out for her other works.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr Grade: DNF Release Date: October 1, 2018 An eGalley was provided by Pajama Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Summary: Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home - and her family - in pieces. And the earth goddess hasn't finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire wo Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr Grade: DNF Release Date: October 1, 2018 An eGalley was provided by Pajama Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Summary: Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home - and her family - in pieces. And the earth goddess hasn't finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born are reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira must find the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety. My Thoughts: I went into this book wanting to like it, as the description was intriguing to me—Bronze Age setting, priestess-in-training protagonist, coming of age. I must not have done enough research on the book, however, because I was unaware that the book would switch around from prose to free verse. I personally have difficulty getting into books told in verse, but I pushed through it because I hoped that the prose would be interesting enough to keep me engaged. I ended up giving up at 50% of the way through—the main character and her family had interesting enough stories, but I never felt like I could connect with them enough to keep myself interested. I wanted to care, and I found that I couldn’t. Verdict: This book wasn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean that no one else will like it! Still give it a shot, especially if you enjoyed other books by this author and also like books in verse.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Brotherton

    Reading was not a waste of time but I didn't feel hooked from the beginning. It was more like something I had to finish because I started it. Even halfway through the book I was trying to identify the point of the story. The main character didn't seem to grow. She was strong and did what was needed to survive but I didn't see how that changed her internally. The writing style was good although the mix of novel writing with poetry formatting was slightly strange. The writing didn't seem to warran Reading was not a waste of time but I didn't feel hooked from the beginning. It was more like something I had to finish because I started it. Even halfway through the book I was trying to identify the point of the story. The main character didn't seem to grow. She was strong and did what was needed to survive but I didn't see how that changed her internally. The writing style was good although the mix of novel writing with poetry formatting was slightly strange. The writing didn't seem to warrant the change in formatting. It was too random and left me expecting more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    I thought it was going to be more interesting. , but no. I really don;t care for books in verse much either. I gave it a shot, but couldn't finish it. I am sure some YA is going to enjoy this story. But, as I am not in that category, it wasn't for me. Sorry. I received a Kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchange fair fair review.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Marian

    I loved this book! It stayed with me for a long time. There are many significant themes that shine throughout the story. Thank you to Wendy Orr and Pajama Press for the opportunity to read this captivating novel!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Critterbee❇

    *eARC Netgalley*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Laferriere

    Just reviewed for SLJ. Review to come after publication.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Breanna

    1.5 stars. The format/writing style is awful.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    Review to come on my blog later this month.

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