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- Publication Date: February 25, 2019
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07P9WJFWP
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The story is told from Liada's point of view as she makes sense of her surroundings. Yzebel, a kindly woman who runs one of the soldiers' eateries, takes Liada in. As Liada finds a home with Yzebel and her surly son Jabnet, you get a sense of Liada's sense of humor and responsibility. Liada's openness and industriousness wins her the friendship and respect of others in the community, including Bostar, the local baker, gentle Tendao, a priest's apprentice and Yzebel's son, the weavers, and Tin Tin Ban Sunia, a young slave girl who has stopped speaking. Liada and Yzebel rescue Tin Tin Ban Sunia from her cruel master, but make dangerous enemies.
Hannibal's Elephant Girl is an absorbing and heartwarming read. The characters are sympathetic and interesting. The plot is complex and has some unusual twists. I thoroughly enjoyed Hannibal's Elephant Girl and highly recommend it for young boys and girls alike.
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 16, 2009), 370 pages.
Review copy provided by the author.
I really enjoyed this book even though I am not as young of an adult as the suggested audience. The descriptions of the camp, the city of Carthage and even the clothes of the those at the camp were very detailed and beautifully written. The story also immediately grabbed my attention and there were some great "what is going to happen next" moments where I could not wait to discover the final outcome. The story is full of adventure, mysticism and the timeless theme of family and friends will stand by you through both triumphant and difficult times. The ending is left open and I cannot wait to see what other adventures Liada discovers.
She settles in with Yzebel, a widow who feeds the soldiers nightly, and her young son Jabnet. Liada quickly develops relationships with the other camp dwellers as well -some good and some bad. She also finds herself drawn to Obolus, and he to her. This novel tells of Liada's time in the camp, her relationships with people and animal, and her struggle to remember her past.
Liada and Obolus have a relationship that seems magical to some and almost evil to others. Her ability to control the large beast makes her several enemies. But, this relationship proves to be so strong that no one can deny it. Many of Liada's adventures actually stem from her attempts to sneak time with Obolus.
The characters in this novel are well-developed. Liada is a quick learner and often times remembers details that she has no recollection of every learning or knowing. People are drawn to her, and she develops relationships quickly. She comes across with a touch of class and an over sized heart. Yzebel, her camp mother, is well liked and is a resourceful woman. She struggles with her family's past and current situation, but remains open to those around her. Tin Tin Ban Sunia has little to no voice, but says more with her actions than many around her. She is highly intelligent and loving. I found myself longing to know her story.
This novel drew me in from the first sentence and didn't let me go. Each new day in the story brought a new adventure. As I went along for the ride my fingers were crossed that things would go well. I developed quite an affection for the female characters in Hannibal's Elephant Girl, and it was difficult to read of their struggles and to accept the actions of those who plotted against them.
Hannibal's Elephant Girl is an excellent historical fiction novel. It is classified as young adult, but I am in my 30's and enjoyed it immensely. In fact, as soon as I finished it I emailed the author to inquire about the release date of a sequel. Yep, this is the first in a series that I will definitely be following. Per Ms. Brindley there will be 5 to 6 books in the series and the next book should be complete in about 6 months. I hope it stays on schedule. Please check out her site for other work she has written. I hope to be reading Raji soon.