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Igraine The Brave Hardcover – September 24, 2007
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Soon to be twelve years old, Igraine eagerly awaits her birthday present. Even though she insists on being a knight, she doesn't hesitate to accept gifts made from magic. Her mother, father, and brother worked on her gift with the help of some special magical books.
During the process, Igraine's parents were accidentally turned into pigs. This wouldn't be so bad except that (1) they could not use magic in pig form, (2) they needed giant's hair in order to be turned back, and (3) their old castle suddenly fell under siege by a man named Osmond who took over the castle next-door. Osmond's desire was to capture their magical books and become the most powerful wizard in the world.
Igraine goes on a quest to find giant hairs while her brother stays back at the castle to fend off the intruders (with the aid of the magic books and the castle's defenses). On her journey, Igraine comes in contact with the Sorrowful Knight of the Mount of Tears, and the two travel back to hopefully save the day.
To be honest, after I started to read Igraine The Brave, I ended up putting it down and letting it sit on the pile for awhile. Why? Because the beginning forced a lot of explanatory narrative onto the reader, which in my opinion, is completely unnecessary. But once I got past that part, it didn't take long for me to appreciate the story (I recommend starting with Chapter 1 and then going back to the preface once you have finished the book). Wonderfully designed characters (especially the cat, Sisyphus), a neatly designed fantasy world, fun personalities, great situations of tension, and the story is creatively magical. It is also easy to read and the writing style is of good quality.Read more ›
Igraine is the daughter of the great magicians Melisande and Sir Lamorak the Wily of Pimpernael Castle and sister to Albert, magician in training. Igraine is the only member of her family who is not interested in magic. Her interest lies in becoming an accomplished and famous knight. Alas, an impossible fete for a girl living in her time.
Life isn't terribly exciting at Pimpernael castle. There have been no attacks since Igraine was born. But life at the castle is about to change. Osmund, nephew of the Baroness of Darkrock, has plans to attack the castle and steal the famous Singing Books of Magic.
Just before Igraine's twelfth birthday, there is a slight problem with a spell-and her parents turn into pigs. As pigs they are unable to make magic. But parents-turned-pigs don't dampen Igraine's birthday celebration. She is delighted with her gift of a silver suit of armor, complete with helmet.
But life turns serious in short order. Osmund is on the march and all are in peril. With the help of a Giant, a Sorrowful Knight, Sisyphus the cat (who is able to speak after a sprinkling of red magic powder) and brother Albert, Igraine will attempt to defeat Osmund.
Igraine the Brave is the retelling of a Night's Tale with a twist. It's a delightful story filled with whimsy, magic and fantasy. The good are really good and the bad are evil. Courage and determination are celebrated and hope is never far away.Read more ›
My favorite part of the book was probably the end. This book does not start very exciting, but as any person that reads all the time will know, it gives you a very good feeling. This book is suspenseful, entertaining and, in the end, surprising. Although anyone can read this book, I don't really recommend it for boys, and I think girls ages 9 through 12 should read this book. I think this is a book that will stand out in your memory, so, Read It!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 8 year old daughter loved this book. Good for anyone who likes knights and magic. Highly recommend this story.Published 27 days ago by S. Morgan
this was awesome I recommend it to anyone who sees this. It is so awesome and an ingenious book. BUY IT!Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Smith
this is a great adventure tale especially for girls. It is not often that a girl saves the day. This is great fun for everonePublished 7 months ago by Anita B. Adair
This book is so awesome that I buy up copies to keep for birthday presents for my kids' friends. Such a shame it's out of print! Hard to believe they let that happen.Published 7 months ago by mother of twins, Atlanta
I can't believe no one has reviewed this yet! My girls love this book. The lead character is feisty and brave, and the characters are all intriguing for young readers. Read morePublished 8 months ago by elanorh
This is my 6 year old daughter's favorite book, hands down. The main character is a spunky girl who wants to be a knight, and comes from a family of magicians. Read morePublished 11 months ago by NotMyRealName
I read this in the fourth grade, now as a soon to be college student, I still find this book very enjoyable. I think about it from time to time.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer