by Carla, August 2, 2006 11:16 AM
John Dickinson writes sweeping sagas filled with lots of interesting characters and lots of action. That said, I liked The Widow and the King better than The Cup of the World. In the first book Phaedra made some bad decisions, and at the end her life was not as she envisioned it, but instead in ruin. The Widow and the King takes place many years later, and Phaedra's son, Ambrose, now twelve, is coming of age. He is forced to deal with some really hard concepts, like grief and forgiveness -- feelings that even adults have trouble with -- as he works to rebuild/regain what Phaedra lost, and, of course, stay alive in the process.