Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nightingale by David Farland

Grand Prize Winner of the Hollywood Book Festival, placed first in all genres, all categories.

Winner of the 2012 International Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel of the Year!

Finalist in the Global Ebook Awards.

The multi-award winning novel, Nightingale by best-selling author, David Farland is available in hardback, ebook, and now in a special iPad enhanced version. This young-adult fantasy novel has already been turning heads.

The enhanced version creates an amazing reading experience complete with illustrations from several talented artists and a sample of a soundtrack that coincides with the story. Published byEast India Press a publishing company that takes e-books in a whole new direction with enhanced multimedia--soundtracks, movie clips, author interviews and more. From the site: "East India embraces emerging technologies and new distribution methods, producing every novel in three forms: as an enhanced multimedia experience, as a standard e-book, and as a limited edition hardcover."
Farland has plans for three more books in the series: Dream Assassin, Draghoul, and Shadow Lord.

Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness. Others sing to summon it. . . .

Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was--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 secret may be the most dangerous of all.

In his remarkable young adult fantasy debut, David Farland shows why critics have called his work "compelling," "engrossing," "powerful," "profound," and "ultimately life-changing."

"Superb worldbuilding, strong characters, and Dave's characteristic excellent prose. --Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"A wonderful tale of a young man trying to find his humanity, even though he's not quite human. One of Farland's very best!"--#1 International Bestseller Kevin J. Anderson

I just have to say first that this whole multi media enhanced book idea is awesome.  I love it.  The animations, the links, the author tidbits, and the music along with the book just moves this into a whole new world.  Wowza.  I wish I could have read the whole book in this enhanced version but alas, I don't have an Ipad.  Yet.  

As for the actual book, I really enjoyed it.  It was fast paced and kept my attention throughout the book.  The characters are interesting and I could easily picture them in my mind.  I didn't really form a connection with the characters although Bron's story and history as a young child really tugged at my heartstrings.  The mother in me wanted to take Bron in myself and show him the love he was missing his whole life. 

The whole idea of creatures who can take memories and write new ones as part of their powers is freaky.  Seriously?  Can you imagine not ever knowing if what you are remembering is real or just put there by someone else?  The idea of people being able to mess with my brain and take away the memories that I love is just scary.

I love the setting in Southern Utah and then in Louisiana.  Farland does and excellent job of painting vivid pictures in my mind.  I could see everything so clearly.  I love that.

I'm really looking forward to following this book series.  Maybe by the next book I'll have an Ipad and I'll be able to get the fully enhanced version.

It was my pleasure to be a part of this blog tour put together by Rachelle Christensen.  You can find a list of all participating blogs HERE.

There is some mild swearing and some violence.

Link to listing and sample of the enhanced iPad version of Nightingale: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/nightingale/id560309064?mt=11

About the author:
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 http://www.davidfarland.com/.


Twitter handle @DavidFarland



  1. This is the first time I've heard of this book, but I'll have to check it out if it is as good as it seems, especially since it got an award.

  2. Thanks for sharing your review of the book... Sounds like it is a great read...

  3. Like Dovile, I haven't heard of this book before, but it seems like something I'd like to read.
    Thanks for the review!

  4. Thanks for the introduction and your thoughts! Seems very interesting!

  5. Oh this was a great review. This book sounds really engaging with the different forms of medium. I'm really curious about it now so thanks for taking the time to review it!


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