“Taking Wing” by Clemency Crow


“Taking Wing” is of the “Alice in Wonderland” sub-genre that takes a modern child/teenager out of her everyday life and drops her into a fantasy world where she is transformed into someone who can make a difference in a big way. In this story, the modern world plays very little part, and we get into the real action immediately. The small amount of backstory that is required is slipped in unobtrusively, and we can concentrate on what is happening here and now.

There is plenty of action in the rest of the story, and plenty of conflict at several different levels. Suspense is well handled, and Freya, the main character, attracts our sympathy immediately.

Unfortunately, this writer commits all the standard errors that every beginning author makes: sentence structure problems, repeated words, point-of-view switches. Sometimes she forgets where the character is, and he ‘falls to the floor” in an outside setting. The “head-hopping” is the most annoying, moving our point of view to whatever character the author chooses at any given moment. Rather disorienting. I don’t want to go on about this, but there is an obvious need for decent editing.

It is unfortunate, because this is a good story, with a believable and sympathetic main character, a tense plotline, and a great deal of excellent world building. In fact, the writing gets better as the novel progresses. I have hope for the rest of the series.

Recommended for YA readers who aren’t fussy about polished prose.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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