Zehiya by Mayra Sonam Paldon (Book Review #429)

Zehiya is a fictional story placed in Central Asia on the Silk Road along the Taklamakan Desert in the 10th Century. This historical fiction focuses on Zehiya and how much she wishes to have an eagle of her own. She is from a tribe that are falconers and sword makers. Her family line has all had an eagle before, but due to some unforeseen events she loses that chance and has to leave her home and travel on the Silk Road. As she finds new friends and encounters some wonderful adventures, Zehiya is also guided by her Spirit Eagle learning new things as she goes along.

The concept of Zehiya reminded me of the Disney cartoon “BRAVE.” Her distinctive red hair, riding a horse and spiritual eagle, very much resembled the loving character I once enjoyed viewing. I found Zehiya’s character to be very fitting to the story. The literature was reliable, and the author managed to draw a convincing storyline for the journey Zehiya had to take in order to accomplish her goal.

Finding peace and wisdom is not as easy as you may think and as Zehiya pursues to find her teacher, her dreams are what guide her. I enjoyed this aspect of the story and believed the author has potential in creating good books.

Another note must be said that although the work was fiction, I enjoyed the historical accuracy and precision that was kept.

I recommend this novel to young adult readers and people that enjoy spiritual stories.

Written by Jeyran Main

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