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Reviewed by Ronél Steyn for Readers' Favorite
In Where the Rain Cannot Reach, author Adesina Brown creates a new world rich in magic and diversity. She creates a new perspective on love, family, relationships, and how we look at ourselves. It is in this world that we meet Tair. Abandoned at the age of three, she was raised by non-humans in Mirte, Nossoa. She is the only human in the colony of elves. All she knows about her own kind is what her caregivers have told her. It is with this meager amount of knowledge that she is told what is expected of her. Raised in a world where she already felt isolated, Tair tries to hold on to the little she has found that makes her feel like she belongs.
Adesina Brown certainly has a unique way of looking at the world. This is very evident in the entirely new way that characters are not referred to as “he” or “she” but as “they.” It enforces the fact that individuals are multi-faceted and part of a whole. Where the Rain Cannot Reach was not as easy to read as I thought it would be, which is precisely what a good book should do. I have found myself thinking in depth about certain scenes, analyzing them. I came away feeling a little more in tune with myself. I can undoubtedly compare this book with a good meditation session. It rips open the prejudices we hide behind, exposing the bruises of lies we have been told. Then it is allowed to heal, making us a new whole. Amazing concept and I love the ending!