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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winning forest fantasy for readers of all ages., June 10, 2007
This review is from: Runt The Hunted (Hardcover)
The wondrous sequel to "Runt the Brave", Runt the Hunted continues the anthropomorphic adventures of a courageous young mouse in a world beset by dangers. The sly rat warrior Kreeg and his alliance of cutthroats is poised to destroy the underground mouse city of Tira-Nor, yet JaRed son of ReDemee, "Runt", cannot deliver warning of the danger because the mad king has thrust him into exile. Runt's former friends are under orders to kill him on sight - what can one mouse do to save the civilization he loves? Award-winning novelist Daniel Schwabauer, M.A., has penned another winning forest fantasy for readers of all ages. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Runt the Hunted, April 6, 2014
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Great storytelling -- far more thought-provoking than "just another talking-mouse story." Vivid description, plenty of action, and characters worth caring about, this is one to add to your personal library. Obviously, I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting fantasy story, December 10, 2011
This review is from: Runt The Hunted (Hardcover)
In Runt the Brave we are introduced to a small mouse named JaRed, known as Runt because of his size, son of ReDemec the Red, who lives with his family in the mouse city of Tira-Nor ruled by King SoSheth. The seer TaMir announces to Runt and his family that he has been chosen by ElShua the Creator to be the next King of Tira-Nor following SoSheth. After saving the city from a deadly snake, Runt is promoted to the King's Guard, but SoSheth learns, through the treachery of Runt's own brother HaRed, that JaRed is to be the next King and becomes jealous of him. At the end of the book, Runt kills GoRec, the huge general of the attacking rat army. Runt the Hunted picks up the story and points out that Runt's feat only makes SoSheth even more jealous because he now sees that ElShua (God) is with Runt and not with him so the King exiles Runt, intending to have him killed in an ambush when he gets away from the city.
Warned by Prince JoHanan, son of SoSheth, JaRed avoids the ambush but is captured by rats under General Kreeg, who is leading another rat army to attack Tira-Nor, and thrown into a dungeon with another captured mouse from Tira-Nor named DeStra WilloWind. They escape and are recaptured, but then Kreeg lets them go. When JaRed and DeStra cross the log bridge leading back to Tira-Nor, DeStra is to warn the city, but JaRed falls into the White River and is plunged downstream where he is rescued by a group of West Exiter King's Grenadiers led by Colonel Gibbs who had been sent by ElShua to "help the king of Tira-Nor." They want JaRed to lead them to Tira-Nor, but since he cannot go back, he tells them how to find it and goes to be with the Outlanders under the leadership of Bigums at RuHoff's cave, where he finds that a now repentant HaRed has gone in an effort to save him. With SoSheth and his new Cadridian Kingsguard after him and Kreeg and his rat army attacking the city, will Runt ever be able to fulfill TaMir's prophecy and become King of Tira-Nor?
Loosely based on the life of David as recorded in the Bible, the Runt books are quite exciting to read and at the same time use the fantasy story to illustrate some very important points. The only possible discordant note that I found was the seemingly extreme amount of self-doubt on the part of Runt. As things appear to keep going wrong, he constantly wonders if ElShua is real or if He is does He really care, and at a low point reaches the conclusion, "ElShua is a lie" (p. 220). Of course, he eventually learns better, and it does make for an interesting plot device that adds a lot of tension. I don't know if David ever got to the point where he thought that God was a lie, but from the Psalms we know that he certainly did experience a lot of discouragement and even despair, especially during the time when he was being chased by Saul. Also, there is a lot of destruction and death towards the end of Runt the Hunted, including the loss of Runt's sister KahEesha, her husband Captain Blang, and HaRed, but it all emphasizes one of the themes of the book, that "Death is not always terrible" and that for those who serve God something better awaits when they pass from this life. I think that it is a great book. According to the back, the author is "working on a third novel about the mice of Tira-Nor, The Curse of the Seer."
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Runt The Hunted by Daniel Schwabauer (Hardcover - April 22, 2007)
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