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Janna Mysteries, Book 6: Thyme for Trust (The Janna Mysteries) Paperback – 18 Jul 2011
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About the Author
The Janna Mysteries is the latest series from the award-winning Australian author, Felicity Pulman. Felicity’s fascination with history, legends, fantasy and crime is reflected in all her writing. Many of her short stories (for adults) have won awards and/or been published. Her novels for children and Y/A include Ghost Boy, the Shalott trilogy, Surfing the Future and Turning the Page. Find out more about Felicity on her website: www.felicitypulman.com.au
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I also enjoyed the reappearance of several characters. The appearances of Aldith, Agnes and Dame Alice managed to tie in all of the previous books and I was delighted with their various character growths that they had gone through, since Janna's departure in their lives. However it is the chapter twelve that manages to connect to the beginning of the very first book, Rosemary for Remembrance, which allows the reader to feel true closure at the ending of the series. A very enjoyable book.
While she fights her own war at home, Janna is also fighting to bring her mother's murderer to justice, prove the innocence of her beloved, convince her father not to marry her off to an old but "suitable" suitor, protect her friends and help Matilda escape to safety. It's a suspenseful, action-filled page-turner that also retains depth and emotion - all the characters are complex and well written, and even those ranged against Janna have their own motivations for their actions, eliciting at least a little sympathy from the heroine, and the reader.
Alongside Janna's personal story is woven the dramatic real-life history of twelfth century English royalty and the bitter battles for the throne, which creates a rich tapestry of medieval life and adds colour, tension and realism. Yet it is Janna and her challenging, eventful and life-changing journey that most captivates. The author has created a wonderful character, brave, independent and strong in an age that expected little from girls, feisty and far from perfect, but enchanting all the same.
I loved that her quest to avenge her mother's death was finally so close to completion, and also that she realised in that moment the toll it had taken on her and those around her, what it had cost her in terms of friendships, and the consequences of her actions on people she loved yet still wounded. I loved that she encountered some of her old friends and could see how much she had helped them, as well as accepting that they had changed and made her a better person too. I loved that she really did grow up over the course of the series, and was able to see the mistakes she had made, and to recognise that she still had much to learn. And I loved that the ending was realistic rather than happy-ever-after, and that although she found great joy, it came with sacrifice, loss and bitter grief as well.
In all, I loved that this final book so satisfyingly brought all six together, and while I am sad to farewell Janna and her world, I am so glad for the richness of her story and the magical journey it takes readers on. Thank you Felicity Pulman for a wonderful series.