Here is another book review from my new talented young book reviewer, Bethany;
‘The Little White Horse’ by Elizabeth Goudge
As Maria Merryweather explores her new home at Moonacre, she discovers the story of the long-lost Moon Princess as well as some darker secrets. This book is a timeless classic for children. The traditional story of good versus evil is threaded with romance, mystery and magic. The enchanting plot is first class and full of surprises. Maria is a strong fiery character that you can’t help but fall in love with as you follow her on her adventure.
This is the third book in the series and it thoroughly deserved its 5 stars, Joseph brought the tale to a wonderful climax. Magic, fantasy and creatures from another world. Our heroes must join once again in many battles before the ultimate challenge. Begin the series with The Book of Deacon and follow the adventures of some great characters and you too may become a fan. I believe this series is suitable for readers from teens to adult.
For me this book hovers between a 3 and 4* rating. It is the story of a young girl with magic in her blood, being orphaned and ending up living with a band of thieves in a large wood. The leader goes by many name “The Hand” and our young girl, Ilan, gets called “The Hound”. It echo’s Robin Hood and his band of merry men with the author’s twist. Ilan and the men hide from the Praetor’s men and rob the rich, the story ends when Ilan finds a magic bow and the reader is led to the second book in the series.
A young girl has secrets kept from her, but this only causes her to search harder for answers. A world of magic opens its doors and Leah goes on her own quest, learning more about herself on the way. Witches, monsters, dragons and unicorns all become part of her destiny. I had a few doubts about the book at the beginning, but it soon grew on me and I wanted to race through it to follow the adventure.
Windemere; every time I read this word I thought of the Lake District in the UK. (I Know the spelling differs!)The book evolves to be full of legends, magic, heros, demons and destiny. Images of Middle Earth came to mind and a Hobbit or two would have fitted easily in to this cleverly woven tale full of imaginative description. It easily stands alone as a well written novel of magical adventure. I really enjoyed reading this book.
For me the first part of the book was grey and sad with a world at war, I didn’t connect to the characters of the war and the book nearly lost me until the arrival of Wizards, then the story took off, the fantasy world created became colourful and bright, full of potential and expectation. I didn’t want to see the end when our heroine heads back to the other grey world, but I half expected it. Am tempted to read the rest of the trilogy.
After a slow start and the introduction of lots of characters I began to enjoy the book. Then at the half way point I started to really enjoy it and was disappointed when it ended. Would definitely consider reading the next in the series. Set in the time of the Medieval crusades, the book follows the tale of a group of soldiers returning to their homes in the Alpine mountains. Mystery, magic, fighting Lords and heroes helping the weak and the poor, all good story making material.