Published by Algonquin Young Readers on September 16th 2014
Genres: Magic, Witches, YA, Young Adult
Source: Amazon, Purchased
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“A lightning bolt erupted from the cloud and aimed directly at Ned’s heart. He couldn’t cry out. He couldn’t even move. He could just feel the magic sink into his skin and spread itself over every inch of him, bubbling and slithering and cutting deep, until he didn’t know where the magic stopped and he began.”
When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging, bewitched river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. Sure enough, Ned grows up weak and slow, and stays as much as possible within the safe boundaries of his family’s cottage and yard. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic that Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, it's Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community.
In the meantime, in another kingdom across the forest that borders Ned’s village lives Áine, the resourceful and pragmatic daughter of the Bandit King. She is haunted by her mother’s last words to her: “The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his.” But when Áine and Ned’s paths cross, can they trust each other long enough to make their way through the treacherous woods and stop the war about to boil over?
With a deft hand, acclaimed author Kelly Barnhill takes classic fairy tale elements--speaking stones, a friendly wolf, and a spoiled young king--and weaves them into a richly detailed narrative that explores good and evil, love and hate, magic, and the power of friendship.
I really tried, I did but this just wasn’t working for me. I don’t review DNF but since this is a part of my TBR list I thought I would add a few sentences as to what didn’t work for me.
- I was completely disconnected with the characters, I didn’t care much for Ned, Aine or Sister Witch. I just wasn’t feeling the connection between the characters either.
- It was so slow, at 44% I still have no idea what was happening and the build was taking to long.
- I wasn’t getting the story, I wanted to but I just wasn’t catching my interest. I was hoping something epic or even slightly exciting would happen but it didn’t.
- I stayed longer than I should have and I wish it was different but the world this was set in didn’t flow with me.
- I did however like the back story of how the magic disappeared. That was pretty much the only part that I thought was interesting.
Would I recommend this book, this will be the first time I say No but you know what, if you want to give it a shot I say go for it. This might be another case of it was me and not you.
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