Return of the White Deer Kindle Edition
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What a terrific book! I intended to savor each page of Robert Sells' new book, Return of the White Deer, but instead got hooked and devoured it. Sells is a mastermind at weaving the intricate story of Pen's coming of age, slowly revealing information about each of the characters and building explosive tension all the way through the book. Return of the White Deer is beautifully crafted, starting with the opening scene of the spotting of the mysterious white deer all the way through to the final battle at the end.
I can't wait to read the next book by Robert Sells.
Pen is a twelve year old boy raised on a farm in the countryside of Mercia. He is drawn to two strange habits. Pen can communicate with all types of animals, both the horses, cattle and sheep on the farm and the wild creatures of the forest. He has even seen the White Deer, although he knows he must keep this a secret. He is also drawn to learn the skills of a soldier, how to use a sword, bow and knife. He is lucky enough to find a skilled teacher in the nearby village, although he hides his lessons from his farmer father.
When Cearl learns of Pen's existence, he is determined to eliminate him, as he suspects that Pen may be the next Chosen One. Pen is kidnapped and thrown into Cearl's dungeon after Cearl meets him and decides his suspicions are correct. When Pen is rescued by his father and his friends, it sets up a situation where a battle will determine the fate of Mercia and who will lead it going forward.
Robert Sells has written an engaging, rollicking tale of fantasy. The characters are interesting, and the action is brisk enough to move the plot along without dragging. This book is recommended for readers of fantasy.
Pen manages to remain comparatively normal regardless of the unusual circumstances he finds himself in. For the most part, he comes off as a caring, intelligent, and brave character. The other characters are fun to get to know, but Pen's character will be the one to draw the reader in. The reader will travel with Pen; the book is almost inspirational with the message that sometimes, with enough effort, good may overcome evil. It is exhilarating to believe that one may fight someone much stronger and more powerful and stand a fighting chance. The significance of the white deer is clear throughout the novel, though not overstated. The author writes with purpose, the book is well-written overall. There are several twists that will keep the reader entertained and turning the next page. This book is good for teen/middle grade readers.
*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
In today's world, we need to slip away to where the "White Deer" lives, to a place that affirms our inner abilities and helps us to remember that good can overcome evil, that treating each other with respect and tolerance yields amazing results and that love is always needed to keep us going.
I dare say, no one who reads this book will be disappointed.
The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It has already been published and you can pick up a copy now.
This is set in medieval times and the current king is evil and half insane. There's a legend that the white deer is the one to pick the king. This king not only did not get picked, he tried to kill the white deer. When he doesn't succeed, he offers riches to anyone who can.
Pen goes for a walk in the forbidden woods and sees the white deer. She appears to talk to him but he doesn't remember much about it and he can't say where he's been and what he's seen. He keeps it to himself.
When the local tax collectors try to eject his father from the table the group is occupying at the tavern, he refuses to move. He also disarms the man trying to kill him. A friend takes care of the other tax collector. They go to the King and lie to him about the event and tell him the boy has seen the white deer. It's only a rumor but the King is deadly and they want to stay alive. Soon, Pen has been kidnapped and taken to the castle dungeons.
His farmer father shaves his beard, changes his clothes, and emerges as the General from the previous wars. He's going after his son. He takes a small party to make the rescue, then more join him. He plans to fight the King and take the country back for the people. His son wants to join him but he's young.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Return of the white deer was picked by a member of our book club and it was enjoyed by all (even though fantasy/YA is not typically our genre). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan
This was a fun read. It held my interest and I enjoyed the main characters a great deal. The boy, Pen and his friend Liana…well written. Read morePublished 8 months ago by June M. Pace
This book was written so well. I contestant found myself returning to my iPad, to read more and find out where Mercia was headed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Natural_bri
This book is an exciting look at a particular point in history– the 900s AD– when a young man, Penda, becomes king and is the Chosen One, picked by a legendary white deer when he... Read morePublished 9 months ago by LAS Reviewer
I enjoyed this story a lot, even though I'm not a big YA fan. The characters were well written, especially Pen. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Emily
This is a wonderful book for all ages. Good read. Well written. I loved it. Titles are very deceiving. Good thing there are reviews. Can't wait for the next ones.Published on May 7, 2013 by jupton
This story had such surprising twists and turns! I was thoroughly entertained and could not put it down. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Sheila B.
A very good book, a real page turner. The author took me to a place of great intrigue, a little bit of fantasy and the combination of good times and hard times during the early... Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Kindle Customer
This book is written for all ages. I love that it features strong women and emphasizes very different groups of people working together for a common good. Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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