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About the Author
- Publication date : November 3, 2011
- File size : 347 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 214 pages
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0063820RY
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,533,766 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love the character Bran most of all. He is a hero but not an invincible one. He is an unassuming, humble, kind and honest person which I found very appealing. Bran has grown up in a scary and unfair, cruel world and must find and use the courage within himself and in the humble people he encounters - especially his wolfhound Archu who pints the way, to overcome injustice and bring freedom to the isle. A wonderful story told with beautiful description.
The historic detail of the novel is convincing and transporting, both in the portrayal of daily life and the relationships of different ethnicities and social classes. Regarding the everyday details, Bran comes from a realistically middling-poor family, is not familiar with glass, and does not know what snakes are, either. (Because snakes are not indigenous to Ireland . . . I learned that myself just a few years ago.)
Regarding the classes of Fourth Century Ireland and Britain, Romans have subjugated southern Britain, of course; but even among the Irish, neighboring groups do not get along and strangers often try to exploit each other. Irish villagers living just a few days' journey inland are not familiar with coast residents, and vice versa. Furthermore, due to the "globalization" sparked by the Roman Empire, other foreigners who are not from the British Isles nor Rome either are preyed upon by the raiders.
The plot moves along well; Bran is very aware that he is coming of age, and he asserts himself. The engaging characters include a strong young Irish woman, a well-drawn raider, a displaced young Roman, and others.
My only quibble is the recommended age range for readers; the back cover says 14+, but I think it's fine for 12 and up.
This book is described as one of a series about the small Irish island; the other volume that has been published to date is far removed in time from this one, and Hounds stands on its own.