The Given Book Summary and Study Guide

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ImaJinn, April 2003, 255 pp.
ISBN: 1893896889

When the people at her village including her father discovered she was a Trancer, a person with strong mental powers, they kicked Aria out of the town. To her family she was dead. She made her way to a tower where Trancers are trained to use their abilities for purposes of good and after Aria made love with a warrior, her Given, she would become an apprentice. Talon was to be her Given, to initiate her into the rules of womanhood but a coupling that was supposed to be based on passion only, turned into something so much more.
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Aria becomes pregnant with Talon's child but on the day she goes into labor, the Reapers attack, killing all but Aria who they thought they left dead. They take with them Aria's best friend Iliana and Aria's newborn. When Talon discovers what was done, he vows to destroy The Reaper leader who he believes killed his son. When he journeys to their hideout, Aria insists on going with him because she knows her son lives and wants to find him and keep Talon from doing something he will regret.

Sharron McClellan is a new name in paranormal fiction but with her talent she will quickly become a fan favorite. She creates an interesting world populated with characters that are colorful, complex and stubborn in their belief systems. The love story between the hero and the heroine doesn't overshadow the quest story line that is very romantic in its own right. This reviewer hopes that Iliana, who has sacrificed so much for Talon and Aria, is given her own story complete with a happily ever after ending.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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