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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Review: Starthorn Tree by Kate Forsyth

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4 1/2 Stars.

This book is full of wonderful and surprising characters, intriguingly named fantasy creatures, and Kate Forsyth's familiar themes of finding friends in least-expected places and revealing undiscovered strengths and talents through dangers and challenges faced. 

The story races along with suspense, action, emotion, danger and cliff-hanging excitement. 

The baddies are satisfyingly bad, a prince needs rescuing by a princess, in a more modern twist on the fable and sacrifices must be made to gain the reward. 

I love the names of the creatures - hobhenky, boo-bogey, wildkin, grogoyle, as well as more familiar creatures, such as wood-sprites and river-roans. 

Also posted  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/331857879 

****WARNING a bit of a SPOILER****

I've taken off half a star for the fate of one of the characters, which I thought was unnecessarily harsh for a children's book.

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