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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    I liked it alot. In fact, couldn't put it down and read it all i

    I liked it alot. In fact, couldn't put it down and read it all in one day. Love books like that. One thing. I felt like I had just connected with the characters and loved them but at the end.... it just... ended. I was positive there had to be a second book. C'mon! Please write a second book. It has so much promise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    The True Hero of the Valley by; Jess R.

    In Heroes of the Valley, Jonathan Stroud explores the controversy of medieval democracy through the eyes of an ambitious but conflicted boy, Halli. In this action-packed fantasy, the houses of the Valley base their lives on the stories of heroes who had established their house . Over a vast amount of time, the stories become contorted in order to suit each house, forming arrogance in the house's leaders. This arrogance leads to the many family feuds that continue to afflict the houses until violence occurs, ending the peace that the civilization had worked so hard to establish. The writer reflects on how violence is inevitable, even if humans believe we can completely tame our primal instincts of selfish ambition.
    Throughout the beginning of early childhood, Halli builds his character off the arrogance of preceding heroes who have been long dead. His aspirations are reflected by the ordeals he deliberately causes as a child in attempt to escape the mediocrity of farm life. He decides to become a man of action rather than one of reason. Although few share this same ambition, the houses of the valley that had once resided peacefully together began to feel the tension of power. The only thing that links the rival houses together was the paralyzing fear of the trows, monstrous creatures that lurk beyond the cairn border, confining them to the safety of the Valley. Soon, hostility arises and tempers flare . This sparks into violence, and an old feud between two conflicting house members leads to the death of Brodir, the beloved uncle of Halli. In order to avenge his uncle, he leaves on a quest to avenge his death, igniting the hatred of rival house. He soon learns that no action is without consequences.
    Though Heroes of the Valley is a wonderful piece of literature, there are few that would not enjoy it. With an ending that has more of a deeper emotional meaning, few would find it adequate for a novel primarily based on action. Many could, at times, consider it boring. Although it has many great action scenes, it is also thick with emotional character development. Overall, the reading experience of the book is enriching and extremely enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    Good Book

    Good read with great twist at the end.

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