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Age Appropriate For: All Ages
Best for Ages: 10 and up (some mild violence)
Description: With King Harold away at war Lord Raburn has his eye on the throne. Those who dare to stand in his way fall beneath his power. All but one. A girl named Annabeth. Can a common, ordinary girl, with love for king, country, and her father, achieve the impossible? Trained by her father, a master swordsman, outlawed Annabeth has only her sword, her wits, and her disguises to keep Belterra from falling entirely into Lord Raburn's clutches. Can she rescue her captured father and Prince Alfred? Will one girl keep the kingdom from falling
This book was on my to-read list since it came out. I was so excited when it arrived from Amazon, but ended up having to set it on my shelf for a while. My youngest sister ended up reading it first and thinks it is the best story ever written. While I was sick, I finally got to read it, and I think my sister was very close to the truth.
It was so refreshing to read a story about a girl who makes the right choices. I get tired of characters that are always learning from making huge mistakes. Annabeth is such a refreshing character, because she chooses to stand up for what is right even when it is hard. She also manages to act very feminine, while wielding a sword.
The story itself is a mild fantasy that felt more like historical fiction (I would compare it to Duty by Rachel Rossano) and full of adventure. It was one of those delightful books full of action and adventure without a lot of gore. I wouldn’t mind handing this to a very young child because there is nothing in this book that is going to scare them.
I loved the relationship between Ransom and Annabeth. It truly feels like a brother-sister relationship with a hint of romance at the very end. It wasn’t overly mushy, nor was it devoid of feeling. It was perfect especially for younger readers, or those tired of typical romance stories.
My one and only complaint about this book is the formatting. Although it didn’t keep me from enjoying the story, there were large and small spaces between paragraphs for no apparent reason.
I highly recommend this book for adventure lovers, those looking for strong yet feminine heroines, and/or wholesome reading that is also a lot of fun.
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