nrlymrtl, April 25, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
There were so many things to love about this book. First off, our young hero-in-the-making doesn’t suddenly come into magnificent powers. No, she has to work for it, and overcome several obstacles such as poisoning, the hatred and distrust of her father’s people for her dead mother and her people. Over time, she bonds with the lamed war horse, Talet, and he becomes such an integral part of the story with his own personality. Equine lovers will especially enjoy Talet being treated as a full character in this novel.
With time and training, Aerin becomes an accomplished horse woman, sword master, dragon slayer, and herbalist. Yet, this is not enough. Her quest to save her father’s kingdom takes her far, and she looses much. She’s not invulnerable and when she is hurt, she is truly hurt, requiring mending and time before she can go out adventuring again. This tale was not about one single quest, but rather about several challenges a young lady faces as she comes of age.
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missbraidenlynn, October 21, 2009 (view all comments by missbraidenlynn)
It was never in my favor to read this book.
I don't know if its the weird old creepy sounding lady who reads it on tape our teacher makes us listen to, or if its just so bad. But I don't like this book.
I love to read, but this just bores me.
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B00kluvR5678, April 22, 2007 (view all comments by B00kluvR5678)
this book was such a bore. i was forced to read by a cruel teacher who obviously wanted to punish me for something I've gotten away with. this book had a predictable plot, and was NOT empowering or exciting. I'm not that into the fantasy genre but i do enjoy some of those books no and then. However, this book was downright boring. it took me at least two months to read because i kept falling asleep. I'm not a slow reader, on the contrary, I zip through books rather quickly and i enjoy reading, but this book was a disappointment, at one point in my reading i actually felt embarrassed for Robin McKinley, because it was just so....bad. The Newberry Award judges must have been confused when they chose this book for an award.
I guess my basic recommendations is, DON'T READ IT.
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rschrims, January 28, 2007 (view all comments by rschrims)
As an eighth grade literature teacher, I was looking for something to interest my students in the fantasy genre.
This is the book that I chose, and I have not been disappointed. With so many underlying themes, the topics for discussion and possible activities were almost infinite. Students who did not normally enjoy reading were ensnared in this tale.
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