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Posted May 3, 2012
A Tale of Courage Gentle spirited Rowan is thought of as weak b
A Tale of CourageWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Gentle spirited Rowan is thought of as weak by the strong and hardy folk in his village, Rin. He doesn’t measure up to the other villagers; in him they see no value and he has learned to see no value in himself. Only the peaceful creatures he tends named the bukshah love and appreciate him. When an expedition to the top of the mountain is formed to save the bukshah Rowan is forced to go. Haunted by fear and scorned and pitied by the other members of the expedition Rowan is driven by the faith the bukshah have in him to meet the dragon who lives at the top of mountain.
Throughout this book Rowan struggles to exhaustion to combat his fears and do things others find so easy. Who among us hasn’t felt that way? We spend a lifetime trying to be good enough only to be bashed down. Most people can identify with Rowan and even at times his companions in this book.
One of the lessons Rowan learns is to see more clearly. He learns to see himself and his companions in a truer light; they are not as invincible as he thought and he is braver than he knew. As the only one to complete the quest he also learns what true bravery is; it is overcoming your fear and doing something even though it frightens you. It is a lesson many people in the real world have yet to master.
This is a book I have come back to many times and each time I read it I am immediately transported to the valley of Rin. It is written for a younger age group than I tend to read, but the rich texture and characters appeals to many ages. The writing is graceful and Rodda is able to keep the momentum up throughout the story. With universal themes of learning to value yourself and bravery in the face of fear I give this book four stars.
Definitely give this book a chance!
Posted January 6, 2008
This amazing adventure caught my eye from the...
This amazing adventure cuaght my eye from the incredible dragon on the front. It was an adventure 'the town of Rin would never forget,' as the book calls it. This adventure was an awesome tale. the feirce look of the dragon with it's kind heart burried underneath it's scales. No one would have known unless they saw it themselves. Most wouldn't have made it though. It was a dangerous way up to the high mountain. In this tale the young boy, Rowan, agrees with his freinds that they have to go up the mountain of Rin to save their town. It was an incredible book, I loved it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2003
A very good read and captivating story.
My 8 year old son and I selected this book at the local public library for reading while searching for some of the Deltora Quest books and we both enjoyed it. It was a "short" enough and fast moving tale that held his interest very much. As an older reader, I was taken in by the story and the characters. I found it and the other three Rowan books much more enjoyable over Ms. Rodda's Deltora Quest series myself as it didn't seem "formulaic" at all. Rowan is an unlikely and unassuming hero who is the center of these stories. He is not strong or willful, yet his heart and hidden courage see him through. I reccommend this good book for the young reader, and for those who want a wonderful tale that can be read over a long afternoon or couple of days. I will definitely re-read these myself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2010
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