Published by eReads.com on October 18th 2010
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From Jean M. Auel's THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR to Linda Lay Shuler's SHE WHO REMEMBERS, novels set among pre-historic cultures have shown a very strong appeal to readers of all types from fans of genre fantasy to historical to romance. E-Reads is pleased to offer a three-volume series--An Epic of Ancient Tahiti. In the first volume, DAUGHTER OF THE REEF, Tepua, the daughter of a chief sails from her coral atoll home toward her planned, and ritually mandated, marriage. But she never reaches her destination because a violent storm damages her vessel and leaves her stranded on the shores of Tahiti, a land previously unknown to her. She is made unwelcome because of her foreignness and is victimized because of her weakness and innocence, but her spirit is strong and her will to survive and thrive is boundless. The world of Tahiti is very different from the one she has known, beautiful, savage and mystical by turns. But she is determined to build herself a new life and, in the process, she will change the destiny of all for generations to come. Look for the second and third volumes in the series, SISTER OF THE REEF and CHILD OF THE DAWN.
Daughter of the Reef shares the tale of Tepua, a chieftain’s daughter, who’s on her way to a different island to get married to a man she doesn’t know, and ends up almost drowned. The book starts off nicely, with some background setting the scene and the characters, but ends up being too slow paced for me.
I didn’t like the pacing very much the first half of the book, but enjoyed the story line enough to keep on going for the first half of the book, but by the halfway mark, I just wanted the novel to be over.
There was a little too much romance and not enough historical detail for me, and the pacing was just so slow, and I didn’t feel the characters were drawn enough to really get to know them or care about their lives. I really wanted to like this book, as I really enjoy other, similar novels and I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel set in Tahiti before, but I wanted to learn about the culture and the people, and that was sadly lacking.