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The Sword of Demelza is firmly rooted in the realm of Heroic Fantasy, for the characters strive against forces greater than themselves; they are not anti-heroes, but are unselfish, caring, ordinary “people” who rise to the occasion, who are brave in the face of fear and danger, and are willing to make the sacrifices to save friends, family and their lands. Heroic characters such as the siblings, Erik and Emma, the two young marsupials (called kowaris) that set out to pick berries one fine day, and Devon, a sad, red fox that takes to the road of vengeance against evil Australian water dragons. There is Hector, a gang-gang cockatoo, who saves Erik and Emma from a large Brown Snake while they are out picking berries; and then there are the puggles (baby echidnas), Ackley and Amber, whose mother was bitten by that very same Brown Snake. They join with, and are looked after by Erik and Emma when Aldon, Keeper of the Forest, sends them out into the forest on a quest to find the items needed to make a potion to save her.
This novel is sublime, and Rogers captures and harnesses the balance of description, dialogue and action. She knows how to keep a plot moving from the first page to the very last in this epic Australian adventure that will surely be considered a classic. It has already scored numerous awards and chalked up many great reviews. Much has already been written about the plot and characters of The Sword of Demelza. There are detailed descriptions of what this book is about and who the characters are in the many reviews below. That being said, all I can add is that you really need to read this heroic fantasy adventure in order to truly comprehend the depth of setting, story and character that the author so well brings to life. Words best brought to my mind in regards to this story are: engaging, surprising, epic, adventuresome and enthralling. I would suggest that you do yourself a favor and find yourself lost inside of a great adventure!
This book teaches about so many Australian animals that I'd never heard of before. A great education while being entertained.
Erika M Szabo author of The Ancestor's Secrets series
Protected By The Falcon: The Ancestor's Secrets Book 1
Founder of the Read for Animals project
Read for Animals #1: Anthology by authors, poets and animal lovers to help animals
No worries, as they say. The action started in the first chapter and didn't let up until the very end. Even then, there is enough of a hint that some of the villains survived that they could show up in a sequel. Good stuff.
Lots and lots of animals fill the pages. All kinds of fun characters with unique personalities carry the story along. I have several favorites, but perhaps Hector, the leader of the gang-gang cockatoos amused me the most. The sugar gliders were so cute, though... It's a hard call.
It's a much longer book than what I would have had available to me when I was in middle school (I'm thinking things like Charlotte's Web), but I think nowadays that wall has been effectively destroyed. There's enough action and enough fun throughout the book to keep kids going. It teaches some good lessens along the way too, like working together to achieve a goal, and loyalty to friends and family.
If I could make one change it would be to add one or two female characters who fight alongside all the males in the story. Emmy and Slade are just too young to wade into battle, but it would have been nice if there was a female critter who was more than motherly or kindly supportive.
Overall, I think this is a book that parents, schools and libraries should consider acquiring. It makes learning about endangered animals painless and provides tons of adventure.
Lee Dunning, Author of: Exile's Redemption: Book One of the Chronicles of Shadow (Volume 1)
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