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5.0 out of 5 stars All the best aspects of writing with a good plot and well-crafted characters, January 20, 2011
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This review is from: Runt the Brave (Hardcover)
I've read a lot of books about talking animals, and Runt the Brave is up there with the best of them.

Runt the Brave tells the story of a mouse, JaRed also known as Runt. He's small, as his name implies, and isn't the most popular mouse in the kingdom of Tira-Nor. Nevertheless, he is anointed to be the next king by the seer. From there, things start to get hectic. Rats attack, and everything goes down hill. The story follows closely to that of King David in the Bible. Over all, the basic plot is simple; almost cliché. But it's what Schwabauer does with the story and characters that make this book so good.

I'll begin by answering whether or not the books serves its purpose. And that answer is yes. It serves its purpose very well. It is extremely entertain, and I'd go as far as to say it's gripping. It's a fresh, exciting read, and very original.

The writing is quick, and the author doesn't fall into the usual pits that most other authors fall into. In fact, he not only doesn't fail, he succeeds on every level. He utilizes all of the best writing techniques to his advantage. I wasn't disappointed in the least. I was happy to have found such a solid read.

The characters are true to themselves to the end, are dynamic, and interesting. Schwabauer mad them seem important and relevant, and I cared what happened to them. The decisions they made changed the course of the plot, which may seem contradictory in the sense that it follows the story of David in the Bible, but that's the brilliance of the novel. He doesn't only stick to a story that already has been laid out; he uses it to his advantage by making the characters move all the pieces into place. He makes the story his own. Not only that, there is nothing allegorical about this book at all. No heavy religious overtones with over-blown themes. The book make hints and gestures without getting in your face.

The dialogue is smart and singular to each character, and there is a good balance between passages of prose and dialogue.

There is enough action to keep the pace up, good battle scenes, and well-crafted subplots. This is a much darker book than Redwall, for example. Schwabauer isn't afraid to harm his characters. The bad guys are bad, and it's very apparent, which makes the book all the more believable, despite the fact that mice are the main characters.

There isn't much more to say. Frankly, Runt the Brave is a solid read, written almost flawlessly, with good characters, good dialogue, and a fresh, new story. I couldn't be more please. I highly recommend this book to anyone one enjoys a good fantasy, or just a good read altogether.
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