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An exhilerating fantasy story, that all ages will enjoy.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Ropemaker (Hardcover)Ok the title may not suggest anything particulary magical or exciting, but once you start reading it grips you. Some books try to be like this, merging characters and plot with unnerving skill, and fail. It follows the adventures of Tilja, Tahl and their grandmother and grandfather respectively. They have to save their homes from destruction (as per standard fantasy book) but it is shown as saving a way of life and relationships between people, not just the vague idea of "the world". It gets off to a slow start but after the first few chapters it is hard to put down, and by the middle it is impossible to. There are no elves, goblins or dwarves in this book but a lot of magic. Exciting magic at that, the book is full of it.
Some of the major themes of the book are growing up, being rejected and feeling the responsiblilities of power. And of course the baddies get the beating they deserve.
Similar in style to William Nicholson in "The Wind Singer", it is a childrens book yet I can see adults hiding this book in Nick Hornby covers, it is so good. A exhilerating fantasy story that people of all ages will enjoy, no matter what genre they like.