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Chosen Sister Paperback – November 14, 2011
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The cover art suggests to me that the book is for the more mature young adult reader. However, I found this book to be more suited to readers ages nine to thirteen. The plot and characterization are not complex enough for older YA readers. For me, it was predictable since the "chosen one" is a common theme in fantasy, although, this story has a slightly different angle on that theme. Younger readers will find plenty of action and adventure to keep them entertained. Plus Reina is eleven years old, and readers closer to her age will relate to her best. Overall, it is a good read for the younger readers, and my rating is based on that age group.
Note: A Free Review copy was provided by the author.
Reina's younger brother is chosen as the Child Warrior. Reina journeys with her brother and an inexperienced wizard on a quest to retrieve the Sword of Chivalry and defeat the Red Wizard - inevitably hoping to free their country from the Red Wizard's vicious attacks. Reina discovers the young wizard guiding them is a bit unreliable with his magic and his understanding of the prophecy and finds she must rely on her own wit and courage to protect her brother and save the country.
Chosen Sister is an exceptionally written novel with vivid characters facing real doubts and personal struggles. It's filled with sparkling imagery that brings the story setting to life. DeBruyn offers one of the loveliest explanations of magic I've seen. The writing is brilliant, the characters are fun, and the plot is filled with unexpected twists. It's an action packed, character driven novel that will keep readers turning the page. I look forward to reading more from DeBruyn.
That's part of what makes this a wonder YA fantasy. Ardyth is an excellent writer that carries you along page after page until you reach the end of the book and are surprised at how fast you got there, and how easy it was to just keep reading. That's what makes a good book of any genre. Are you reluctant to put it down? There you go.
To let you in on a secret: My own book coming out in October has a character named Ardyth. That's how much this writer influenced me. I did ask her if it was okay to toy with her name. Fortunately, she said yes.