|The Taniwhas Tears is David
Hairs second book, and a direct sequel to The Bone Tiki. The
book showcases Mr Hairs increasing confidence as a writer and storyteller, with the
book aimed squarely at the young adult market.
The Taniwhas Tears
continues the story of Mat Douglas and his adventures in the shadow world of Aotearoa
a world that reflects and echoes the cultural memories and beliefs of the every day
world and is set three months after the events recounted in The Bone
Tiki. Mat has started to learn how to control some of his abilities as an
adept of this shadow world, but is very much a novice and understands how dangerous the
shadow realm of Aotearoa is. But this well-founded caution is put to the test with a
chance encounter on the way to a family reunion and Mat ends up in the deep end with only
very dubious buoyancy aids to hand. Mat also has the complication of first love to chart
I found this a well paced story, with believable characters and plotting, and an ending
that met the demands of both the story and the characters as lived through the story.
David Hair has gained confidence as a writer and this is reflected in the pacing and
character development shown in The Taniwhas Tears. This is a
book that demands to be read. I am supported in my views by my god son, who rapidly seized
upon this book at his recent birthday and then disappeared to his room to ensure that the
ink didnt fade in the coming hours. The ensuing hours of silence was a testament to
the books reading appeal. A job very well done Mr Hair.