Firstborn: A Novel By Lorie Ann Grover
I want to start off by saying I did enjoy this book but I had some issues with it.
“Firstborn” is what I would call a Christian Fantasy book. The tag line for the book is “Where does a firstborn girl fit in a world dominated by men?”. Tiadone is the first born girl to her parents. Firstborn girls must be killed or be declare male. In order for her dad to save her life he chooses to declare her male. She is the only one of her/his kind. Tiadone is of age to go and work the patrol for the Madronians, a people who have basically enslaved the R’Tan people. Madronians have forced them to believe in their Four-Winged Condor in stead of the Creator Spirit.Also, Each R’Tan person is given an egg for a rapion bird at birth. They are to watch over the egg and then they hatch around the time they are to leave home to work patrol. Tiadone’s rapion is different like her and they are quickly shunned by others. That is for the exception of her best friend, Ratho.
The book is extremely adventurous and dragged me into the story line very quickly. I couldn’t wait to see what was happening and I also wanted Tiadone to accept her womanhood and be accepted. There parts that made me cry, others that made me burn with anger. It was written that good, it got me emotionally invested.
I did however have some issues with the book. There are some places where Tiadone realizes her womanhood and describes some things in a bit too much detail. As well as her falling in love with her friend, Ratho, and describing the attraction to him in a bit of an uncomfortable way. I was reading this book as a Christian story but I would be uncomfortable sharing this in my church circle. It’s a great book to read, I just had to push the Christian aspects out of my head.
One other problem that I had a “problem” with or maybe I should make me sad, is the fact that Tiadone’s father is basically denying the Creator Spirit by declaring his daughter male. I believe that one should never deny God, even through death of a loved one. It’s hard to hold by but it’s what I’ve read in the Bible. But it’s part of this story, of their story and reading it made me sad for them. I hope I never have to make decisions like they had to.
If you enjoy reading fantasy books I would recommend this book to you. I would say it’s not for anyone under the age of 18. If you also have issues reading a small bit of graphic sexuality take, I wouldn’t recommend this to you.
The book did leave me hanging a bit. I wanted to know more about where Tiadone goes, what happens to Ratho, what do her father and his new wife do…? So many questions with no answers. I hope that Lorie Ann Grover will write another book, answering these questions. I’m waiting in anticipation to find out the answers to my questions.