The Ransom of Dond Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013
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"Embraces the magic of myths, with animal transformations and transporting dreams. Movingly, it is above all about the power of a mother's love and how much anyone facing death would want to live" (Nicolette Jones Sunday Times)
"This new title, in its elegance, wisdom and lyricism, provides a poignant coda to Siobhan Dowd's earlier achievements" (Robert Dunbar The Irish Times)
"A beautiful, mystical fable for our time . . . The Ransom of Dond is a book to be read aloud or alone. It provides a marvellous opportunity for storytelling and discussion" (Clare Morpurgo The School Librarian)
"One of the most attractively produced works of junior fiction" (Robert Dunbar The Irish Times)
"A riveting story . . . Raises questions about religion and highlights the dangers of ignorance. But equally, it is a tale of love and family, and their ability to conquer all . . . As a physical thing, it is a beautiful book. From the dustcover to the endpapers, it is a joy to hold" (Children's Books Ireland - Inis magazine)
From the Back Cover
'The thirteenth child to a woman born. Any such child should be sacrificed to Dond at age thirteen and thirteen years of good fortune would follow. Otherwise Inniscaul would be no more...'
Darra, chosen and cursed by the dark god, Dond, lives in a tiny emerald island world, lashed by white-tipped waves. On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, only the truth and a mother's kiss can set her free.
The beautiful, compelling, final story from Siobhan Dowd, with stunning illustrations from Pam Smy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's very Irish and evocative in the telling, and is either a 30 minute read for an adult or a 2-3 session read with a child. The illustrations are lovely, distinctive and suited to the dark tale.
There are fantasy elements to the story - talking animals, curses, mysteries. There are family ties, sacrifice and escape - all in less than 90 pages of story.
I loved Bog Child and A Monster Calls and this tale reminds us that Siobhan Dowd had much more to give as a writer.
A lovely little story worth sharing.