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The Owl Wrangler (The Seldith Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 9, 2013
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Young Hisbil is caught up in a tangle of emotions at this time in his young life. Family and friends are pushing him to make an important decision on whether or not he is going to follow in his father’s footsteps. He had planned to do this one day, but he never had expected that today would be “that” day. He was too young, too innocent, too scared, too insecure—well . . . just “too everything.” Granted, he was the only one who knew the spells that his father taught him, but he had no idea if he could remember everything. It was a very scary and lonely time for this young Seldith. If he declined, the village would end in ruins.
As many experiences in life happen (as we all know), one thing led to another and before Hisbil had any more time to think about his options he was off on the adventure of his life. There was no other choice but to keep moving forward—one step in front of the other. His sweetheart Kassie, and his little sister Anasta, both, were mixed up in this mess, and he knew that he had to not only protect them but find his father, too. The further along they travelled the more unusual the characters became, and each tagged along, until there became a small posse of unlikely friends.
For me (an old forgetful curmudgeon), with all the minute detail that a good trilogy will start with, the beginning was hard to snag a catch. It was slow going, and I had my doubts. After a while, though, I started to be sucked into the storyline without knowing it. Then, I realized that I was thinking of Hisbil during the day and all the trouble he was getting into. I was thinking of Kassie, his girlfriend, and was worrying about her mother. And, I was hoping that Hisbil’s father wasn’t dead, after all, as I turned page after page. So, my closing thoughts are . . . don’t give up, because this story is well worth the effort of learning about the first few chapters in this new world. It has all the intrigue and magic and fantasy and even a touch of romance that every really good story has, and you won’t be disappointed. By the end of the book, I am sure you will be in love with all the characters as I am.
My thanks to the author for this lovely copy of The Owl Wrangler, and to Review the Book for allowing me to do just that!
When faced with knowledge that he must take up his father's trade to save his people or be exiled, Hisbil decides to find his father. Kassie (a cute clairvoyant classmate), Anasta (his pesky little sister with healing powers), and Sem Weiger (a recent exile of Stone Valley) and a few other characters join Hisbil on his quest.
Some stories take a little while to develop but I was hooked immediately. I cared about Hisbil, wanted to spank Anasta, distrusted Weiger, and fell in love with Mink and Bubou. This book is a fun read for older children to adults. There are some political aspects that adults will understand but the search for truth is something that all ages can embrace.
There's a lesson here for sticking to a difficult task and learning to trust.
Hisbil and his crew have given me a new respect for Seldith's everywhere. I can't wait to see where the next adventure takes us.
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