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Although the entire novel is well written, McKinley's characterization of Rosie's animal friends is exceptionally fine. Observations such as "...foxes generally wanted to talk about butterflies and grasses and weather for a long time while they sized you up," will spark reader's imaginations. It won't be hard to persuade readers of any age to become lost in this marvelous tale; the difficult part will be convincing them to come back from McKinley's country, where "the magic... was so thick and tenacious that it settled over the land like chalk dust...." Highly recommended. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine, the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End, two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, English writer Peter Dickinson.
Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated many audiobooks, earning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and numerous Earphones Awards. She is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0023EFB4Q
- Publisher : Firebird (May 13, 2002)
- Publication date : May 13, 2002
- Language : English
- File size : 547 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 436 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #203,249 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Around 50%, the story flips getting everyone together to try to beat the bad fairy. This also works well and has lots of interesting twists and turns. We see many of the characters from section one come back as characters here.
The last quarter is the big showdown. I think the story telling in this section is weaker. Lots of strange magical things happen, and the action takes place in mystic landscapes. I guess I found it all a bit vague and the action did not quite connect for me. (I had the same difficulty with the final actions sequence in Sunshine, which is also a great book). I do not know how to do it better--or I would be a great author. Maybe I would like the final conflict to be a bit grittier?
I very much enjoys Mckinley's writing style, the way she develops friendships and builds community in her stories. Her emotional scenes usually make me cry. She is very creative and throws in a dozen different and strange ideas that leave me puzzled but intrigued. For example, Fish are very magical. It is illegal to eat fish because they act as hallucinogens. Magicians (organized magi users) debate the existence of fish. I do not find her actions scenes here as compelling as the other sections, but it a great book overall and I highly recommend it.
In this imaginative retelling, Robin McKinley gives an alternative story. When the evil fairy, Pernicia, casts her spell, a fairy named Katriona is there. She won the lottery in her distant, small village to come to the name day of the new infant. She takes the baby in that moment of the curse and returns with it to her village. The trip takes weeks and the two are helped along their journey by the wild animals they encounter; the female badgers and rabbits and foxes providing the milk a baby must have.
The baby, Briar-Rose, is raised by Kat and her mother. They give a story about it being the baby of a distant cousin who needs a home. Rosie grows up in the village with no idea about the royal blood she carries in her veins. Instead, she becomes a horse vet as she has the ability to talk with all the animals she encounters. It's a good life, surrounded by love and joy but has the ruse worked? Will Rosie escape the curse laid on the babe twenty-one years ago?
This is a joyful book, full of spells and coincidences that turn out to push the story along. Rosie is no wilting sheltered princess. Instead she is a woman who knows her own mind and knows how to fight when it is needed. Robin McKinley has written several fairy tale retelling novels. She has won the Newberry Award for young adult fiction along with other awards. This book is recommended for fantasy readers.
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The first half is more enjoyable than the second; I feel it drags on and loses it's way a bit.
The main character at the start of the book becomes much less of a focal point by the end if the book, which is a shame after you've invested so much time in her!
The resolution of the book is very convoluted, as if the author wasn't really sure how to finish the story.
I think overall, if you are already a fan of fairy takes, I would say give it ago. It is very enjoyable in places, but it can be a bit if a slog to get through!