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Serpent's Egg: The First Book of The Serpent's Egg Trilogy Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 10 - 14|
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- Book 1 of 3 in The Serpent's Egg Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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Ms. McCurdy has the potential to write such books. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying this story. While one would never mistake Ms McCurdy at this stage of her career for a JK Rowling, a Darren Shan or a Brian Jacques, as a new author she keeps up with the middle of the pack when it comes to international writers of children's fantasy.
With this in mind, I will start with the negative and then note the positive. As the previous reviewer notes, this story contains nothing new or original in terms of children's fantasy. The ideas are for the most part rehashed from elsewhere. The one unique thing about the story is that it begins in Ottawa, and this works to get the story off the ground.
Nevertheless, once the adventure story gets going, the repeated references to Ottawa grow stale. Whereas an American or a British author would say the heroine missed her "friends from back home," McCurdy feels compelled to say "from Ottawa". This seems rather forced to give the book some Canadian content. McCurdy should just drop the references and let the story take its course. Like McCurdy, I'm a fiction writer from Ottawa with a law degree, so I can identify with the heroine and her friends when she "misses Ottawa". But what about potential readers from Calgary, London, Washington, or Tucson Arizona? On another side note, I found the monsters can be somewhat cartoonish in terms of their names.
In terms of the positive, McCurdy is a competent story-teller.Read more ›