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Seanchai, an elf is living in a world in which human rule, dwarves hide in the mountains and elves are slaves. Seanchai is trying to recreate a great alliance between men, elves and dwarves in the land of Odessiya. The emperor does not want Seanchai to recreate the alliance and sends out men to attack Seanchai and his companions. Seanchai takes safe harbor with a woman named Mhari who teaches him the ways of Wycaan's. Mhari is the last of the Wycaan's. They are great masters of magic and great storytellers. His friends are captured at the walls of Galbrieth. Seanchai and Mhari go and save them and take down the garrison. In this book, Seanchai successfully recreates part of the alliance. In the next book, he will hopefully bring the dwarves to join the alliance.
At the Walls of Galbrieth teaches you about the good and bad things in life. I think Seanchai is an interesting character, because he always has to choose between his friends and his destiny but no matter what anyone tells him he always chooses his friends. I like this book because each and every one of its characters have their own secrets. I like this book because it fills you with curiosity and you never know what will happen next. This medieval fantasy story is filled with action, suspense, and adventure, it is entertaining and interesting, and it teaches about friendship, and loyalty. I couldn't put it down.
As soon as a reader becomes comfortable with Seanchai’s desperate flight however, Mr. Shalev quickly pulls the rug out from under them, as the young elf’s escape turns into something much more important. Indeed, it is soon revealed that the need for Seanchai to avoid the Empire’s soldiers is more complicated than just a parent’s desire to protect their child and is, in fact, tied up in a truth Seanchai himself did not know of. A fact about himself that his parent’s never expressed to him; something that they made sure to carefully hide from him until the time was ripe for its revelation. And that - as much as a desire to protect him from slavery - was the true reason Seanchai was sent running from the village just ahead of the soldier’s torches and his fellow villagers screams of pain.
And when Seanchai finally stumbles into fellow elves who can guide him to his “uncle”, he is aghast to find that not only are these elves rebels but that they are eager to aid him, even more determined to lay down their lives to make sure he reaches uncle. For these elvish freedom fighters believe in Seanchai, have been taught that he alone has some hidden ability that can aid them in their fight for liberation. Some power hidden deep within him which might be enough to finally destroy the Empire - if he can only be protected long enough to reach a mysterious teacher. A long and arduous journey to be sure; one that will be wrought with danger but one which Seanchai must complete - whether he wishes to or not!
With At the Walls of Galbrieth, Mr. Shalev delivers a well-paced novel that is penned in a straight-forward style that any young reader can understand and enjoy, and while it is clearly YA fare, it is devoid of the normal unexplainable whining, annoying teen angst, or ridiculous juvenile flip flopping in character decisions. Indeed, these youths are portrayed in a very realistic way and interwoven into their fantastic adventures are very adult themes of racism and slavery, friendship and love, loyalty and honor, and power and dominance. Now, that does not mean that Mr. Shalev does not deliver up doses of fantastical magic, rousing sword fights, and shadowy history, because he does so and in just the right dosage to keep a reader enthralled by Seanchai’s tale. However, intermingled into all that action, suspense, and adventure, one will also find many life lessons about good and bad in life, and that is what makes At the Walls of Galbrieth a hidden YA gem.
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