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Darkwoods Paperback – April 18, 2011
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- You see, all of the characters are animals or sea creatures! You will forget this early on as they take on such human characteristics. The magical creatures, Wraith Mice who can become invisible at will, Ranger Mice who patrol the northern section of earth, Squirrels who live in tribes, otters and sea creatures and the clever Oracle Foxes - most of whom live in castles (with a few pirates and apprentices thrown in.) Read the book you will love it! Hand it down to your kids, grandkids and great-grandkids - it is indeed a 'tale worth telling.'
- Barbara Kinney
Written by a seventeen year old, what a great accomplishment at such a young age. The use of the animals as the characters made visualizing each of them easy. Learning each of the tribes strengths and each person, or more to the point, characters special abilities made for an interesting adventure in itself. Learning their names and tribes and relations within the tribes was a bit laborious at first. Once the adventure started it was just as easy to forget who and what they were than it was to continue to struggle to remember it all. There was just so many characters, to many often unnecessary characters and sometimes to many details that seemed more of a tangent than important to the storyline. I had a difficult time getting into the story because of the amount of characters, but after I stopped trying to figure out how they all connected, it got a little better. The adventure and suspense of the story was interesting, the use of the animal tribes or clans made this one unique and the storytelling ability to put it all together was fairly well done.
The Darkwoods was an interesting, fun read in the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Within reading the first chapter, you will realize that the author has a creative and unique imagination. I was hooked into the book, I instantly forgot that the characters were animals. The main character Zuryzel is a strong-willed, and every reader, young and old, can relate to her. I recommend the book to everyone.
With the death of the fox Oracle Scythe, the other foxes that are under the influence of the Serpent Blight have decided it is time to take over the world of Darkwoods. The other animals are fighting against this. The castle of Pasadagavra seems to be their best hope. Full of characters such as Princess Zuryzel, who is a strong female character, who not only fights for her home and friends but who is also a much respected leader of the Wraith Mice. There are also many other strong female characters on both sides of this war.
There's a lot going on in this book. Its full of all kinds of characters and in the begining its a bit difficult keeping it all straight. And I came to the conclusion that all the animals are about the same size, not like in this world where mice and foxes aren't the same size. There is also much more than just the war going on. There are issues that relate to our own world that are dealt with such as stereotyping and discrimination. There are also a bit of romance woven throughout the book but its not portrayed in such a way that younger readers would be lost.
Throughout the book there is a religious theme woven into it like with Narnia. The Bear King and the Serpent are the opposing deities and told in such a way that younger readers can relate.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone that liked the Chronicles of Narnia or Redwall by Brian Jacques. Its full of well developed animal characters that make it a very fun read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book but the beginning is quite slow. About 1/2 way through it actually gets interesting. Still a great book through and through though. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by DramaGirl
This book is amazing! I loved it is worth your money cause it's really good! Buy it, you won't regret it.Published on June 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
First of all, I'm not a huge fan of animals in books, but as I received this book for free, I decided to give it a go, thinking perhaps I would be proved wrong. Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by NGlenn
Darkwoods is an excellent read!! It moves at a fast pace and pulls you in to a new world. I hope this author puts out book 2 soon!!Published on June 6, 2011 by Sandy Swarner
It's not just a book for teens, it captures the imagination for young adults and adults as well. I found myself having difficulty putting the book down, wanting to keep going to... Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by Greg D Musgrove
This book was a fabulous read. It was exciting from start to finish and hard to put down. Each character in the book had their own special skill which made it exciting to relate to... Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Camping4Life