Day: January 1, 2016

Review of ‘Through the Narrows’

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British army lieutenant Hugh Pyke and Susquehannock warrior Wolf Tongue are brought together in another hazardous mission when they’re called upon to protect the settlement of Millers Town from Indian raiders. Upon arriving in Millers Town they discover that not only does it contain no militia, or even men with military experience, but that the town harbors secrets that endanger both men’s lives.

Pyke nonetheless sets about building some kind of defense with what the town has to offer, while at the same time having to watch his back against those in town who would gladly kill to protect their secrets. On the eve of the attack Wolf Tongue has to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the Indian chief leading the attackers.

Through the Narrows, book two in the Tomahawk and Saber series by Nathaniel Green and Evan Ronan is rich in historical details about pre-independence America and contains characters that are larger than life. For a peek at what life must have been like for our forefathers, this is historical fiction at its best.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. I give it five stars and look forward to more of the same in future stories.

Review of ‘Sir Princess Petra’s Mission’

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Having obtained her knighthood at the age of nine, despite her father’s strenuous objections, Sir Princess Petra of the Kingdom of Pan Pieyu is still not out of the woods. The king is still busy writing silly rules designed to transform Petra into a girly-princess, a transformation she’s willing to do anything to avoid.

When he writes yet another inane rule, sending Petra on a mission to capture the first ever car-panther, a quest she must undertake alone, she has to use all her wits to get around the impossible task. She uses her knowledge of his byzantine rules to point out that, as a knight, she can choose her own steed—and, for this, she selects her dragon friend, Snarl. She is also accompanied by Bograt, the bog witch, who is also a knight—the only other knight in the hapless kingdom, thanks to Petra’s ingenuity—and, the three find themselves bogged down in a boggy land of puny knights and elves who turn out to be anything but enemies.

I received a free copy of Sir Princess Petra’s Mission by Diane Mae Robinson in exchange for my unbiased review. I found this an enchanting little book that is perfect reading for the young end of the young adult demographic. It’s filled with wry humor and titillating prose, sort of Dr. Seuss without the rhyme. In addition, it has lessons for young people, especially young girls, about the power of persistence, self-confidence, and loyalty that will seep into young readers’ minds without seeming like lessons.

If you want to get your young ones off to a good start with their reading—learning while they’re being entertained—I can’t think of a better book to start with. I give it a resounding four stars.