Friday, November 23, 2012

Book Review: To Birmingham Castle: A Tale of Friendship and Adventure

Age Group: 13+ for reading level

Description: The time is the Middle Ages, a time of clashing arms, valiant knights, and intriguing castles. Join Robert Fitz Hasseltine, a young nobleman of unchallenged character and the heir to his uncle's vast earldom. Valiant, yet merciful, Robert's steadfast determination to aid the weak brings him face to face with several individuals who urgently need his protective care --individuals who must throw themselves upon his compassion and rely on his strength to overcome their pasts and lead successful lives.
Yet the days are volatile, and danger lurks on the horizon. There are dangerous enemies who hate Robert's steadfast character and ever-present mercy -- enemies who would do anything to vanquish his compassion and shower their malice upon his cause. A thrilling adventure commences, coupling victory, peril, friendship, and rivalry. During his eventful journey from squire to knight to earl, Robert's courage is strongly tested and his strength challenged. Will he be able to overcome the enemies that beset him and proclaim himself the undisputed lord of his shire? And, above all, will he abide true to his resolve and prove to be a kind, considerate master?

Books set in the Middle Ages are some of my favorite. Ever since I was eleven I have had a great interest in this time period. When Alicia offered me a copy of her book, I was very excited about getting to read a book set in the Middle Ages by a homeschooler.

This book is a little harder to read for a very impressive reason-- Alicia not only writes about the Middle Ages, she wrote it in an older English style. However, those who read the KJV, or a lot of G.A. Henty will have no trouble at all.

The story itself was wonderful and exactly the kind I like, adventurous with good Christian morals without being too preachy. Even though it was a long book, I never found myself bored. Alicia kept the story moving and didn’t let it drag, like so many long books do.

One of my favorite things about this book is how true to medieval life it was. Alicia is not like so many authors that ascribe modern thinking and ideas to all of her characters. I especially loved the way that she had Robert (the main character) be kind and caring for those of lower station, yet still manage to somehow give the feeling that Robert knows they are a station lower them him.

The friendship between Strephon and Robert was by far my favorite part. The close friendship of these two was wonderful as well as believable. I would think that boys and parents of sons will find their friendship and loyalty a refreshing change from the normal male fictional friendships.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction, adventure, stories with wonderful principles, and stories of strong friendships.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the review, Sarah! Thank you also for all you do with Home-School Authors