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An Extremely Engaging Read
I first read The Speaker almost a decade ago when I first discovered author Sandra Leigh. I loved it then, and I still love it now. It is a simple, easy read, yet deep in meaning and rich in storyline. I do not know what kind of research or prior knowledge Leigh has of First Nation tribes, but she comes across as very knowledgeable and respectful, and I loved the window into that culture while enjoying a very engrossing magical love story. The characters are likeable and easy to relate to. The plot is a well-worn tale of love and sacrifice, but it has enough interesting and unseen twists to keep you engaged throughout.
While the manuscript does seem a bit unpolished (I found a few typos, and I'm not sure I liked using ** to indicate the animal speech), it didn't take away from the reading, understanding, or enjoying of the story. I also found the main characters to be very black and white. The good guys were all good, the bad guys all bad. This made the story seem somewhat simplistic, but not bad. Overall I think Leigh has areas in which she could become a more skilled writer, but she has a strong base already and knows how to weave a good tale. I've already read more of her work (I highly recommend "Love in Ruins") and hope she keeps writing.
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