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Ingledove Paperback – November 2, 2006
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9–In this sequel to The Curse of the Raven Mocker (Farrar, 2003), Youmans returns to the secret land of Adantis, nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. When Ingledove and her brother, Lang, are ushered off to visit the grave of their mother, Lang finds himself obsessed with the music and beauty of a woman in white, Malia. Readers soon learn that she is actually an evil half-serpent, half-human who is out to kill him. It is up to Ingledove, along with the help of Jarrett, Master of Witchmasters, to destroy Malia and save Lang, all the while fulfilling her own destiny. Youmans weaves an average fantasy out of a mixture of Cherokee and Celtic myth. However, the abundance of historical background that is revealed through Jarrett's speeches leads to confusion. As a result, readers are unlikely to become attached to the characters. At the end, the conflict is resolved very neatly and somewhat prematurely. It almost feels as though Ingledove is only half of the story. If Raven Mocker is popular, then purchase this one; otherwise, it's strictly additional.–Carly B. Wiskoff, Great Neck Library, NY
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Gr. 5-8. Like Youmans' previous fantasy for young people, The Curse of the Raven Mocker (2003), this one follows a girl, Ingledove, into Adantis, a hidden land in the Blue Ridge Mountains that is inhabited by magical creatures as well as people who count the Cherokee, English, Scots, and Irish as their ancestors. After Ingledove's older brother, Lang, is bewitched by a shape-shifting serpent woman, the siblings set out for Adantis. There they find their mother's grave, the dammed lake that has drowned their birthplace, and the evil creature who enchants Lang and threatens his life. Beyond all the associations with death, in Adantis they also find beauty, friendship, and hope. Jarrett the witchmaster foresees their coming and joins Ingledove in the perilous journey she must take to save Lang. The appended Adantan glossary discusses the meaning of words, identifies people and creatures, and explains aspects of Adantan lore. Besides the richly imagined setting and history, this fantasy offers a sympathetic heroine involved in an exciting adventure. Carolyn Phelan
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I loved the sequel to The Curse of the Raven Mocker, Ingledove, because she had to go on a journey with her brother to heal her brothers wound by a snake bite from a snake that took the form of humans. My favorite character in this book was Ingledove and my second, I have to say, was the Witch Master. Ingledove was the main character and I just love main characters. Plus she was a girl like my age. And the Witch Master was just a really cool character and I like what he did in the story. I liked all the potions he had and that he could see into the future and past and where people were right now. My favorite part in this book was when Lang got healed. Something that surprised me in the book was when she had to take two journeys, one to find the Witch Master and one to heal Lang. This ending was way better. It was a happy ending and everyone was healed and lived happily ever after.
As with The Curse of the Raven Mocker, her first book about Adantis, Youman's writing is rich with description. Her books not only advance the plot, but they invite the poet in the reader to stop and dwell in the beauty of language.
As a middle school teacher, I'm particularly pleased to discover Marly Youman, for really fine writing is in short supply for this age reader. However, I'll not concede her writing solely to the young adult reader. This magical book will find its place on my bookshelf alongside The Curse of the Raven Mocker to be taken down and read again and again.