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Original Odd Ecological Adventure - A Bit Slow,
This review is from: Quest for the Faradawn (Paperback)
This book took me about 26 years to read! I bought it when it was new, and back then my reading speed was not what it is now. The book is 310 pages long in my edition, with fairly small print - which would not be so much if it were more engaging.
Back when it was new, I got fed up with the silly premise - a world of vegetarian animals where the only cold blooded killers are the vicious humans (usually, but not consistently, called Urkuu). The hero is an Urkuu child brought up by badgers and living in a bush in a woodland.
The premise is not really so terrible. I see it now. Child brought up by animals - that is an old story retold. The only killers are humans? well thats a bit silly, but you can run with it - it is fiction after all. But what lets this book down is that it is really rather slow. The boy, Nab, must go on a quest to collect the three Faradawn that must be brought together to save the animals from destruction. During the quest the world very suddenly and for no apparent reason falls apart, in a manner that would be more believable if it did not suddenly happen towards the end of the book.
I guess as a boy I just got bored of this book. I found it in the attic the other day and read it again from start to finish, but my life would have been no worse off had it remained in the attic.
So this is a reasonably good quest story with elves and badgers and foxes, dogs, owls, chickens - and nukes. Put it all together and its original enough to consider, but I cannot bring myself to recommend it.