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It’s a heroic fantasy that incorporates magic as a motivating force, especially good versus evil powers who help the characters to reach their potential. The occasional moral points are never intrusive but emerge organically from the plotline. The constructed culture does leave some gaps. For example, the animals are literate, but we never see their schools. Technologically they are pretty much agrarian, but they manufacture cloth; Byrnie’s sash is made of (difficult to make) velvet, but utilizing what fiber? And they have leather goods (made from the hides of what animals?) And even though some of the denizens of that world are known carnivores (foxes, quolls, and goannas), they all seem to eat more or less the same vegetarian diet, except for villains like the thylacine. (Of course, one might also complain about where Toad in Wind in the Willows got a toad-sized motor-car!)
I found the choice of a fox for the hero a little odd since foxes are an introduced species in Australia and are responsible along with feral cats and cane toads for killing off many native animals. I was certainly happy there were no cane toads in the book, but I missed dingoes, platypuses, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, and kookaburras. Also, while magnetic termite mounds make an appearance, I was disappointed that the termites themselves didn’t have a role to play! Those who are familiar with my own books will know why!
This book has delightful illustrations – my favorites are Stokley the Warrior Echidna, Durward the Goanna, and who could not love Byrnie and Lazlo the taciturn Wombat on the cover? Those drawings are priceless!
I found some small punctuation and editing errors (I’m compulsive about that sort of thing), but not enough to prevent enjoyment of the book. The book would have also benefited from a List of Characters, since characters who appear early in the book may have been forgotten by the time they show up again. It was an easy read and thoroughly enjoyable, and I would recommend it for children of all ages. I plan to read the sequel, hoping to find the answers to certain things that were not fully explained in The Sword of Demelza.
The story line moves fluidly and I kept looking forward to the next chapters every time I had to put the book down.
It's highly recommended and you will be pleased with it. Looking forward to the next book by this author.
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