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The King's Shadow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    Great Book!

    This awsome medievil tale 'King's Shadow' written by Elizabeth Alder takes place during the Anglo Saxon period. I really didn't understand the medievil terms. I guess the only reason why I didn't get any of the terms like squire, or welsh is only because there weren't any descriptive words that were written about any of these medievil terms. The author, Elizabeth Alder could solve this problem by putting descriptive words for all of the medievil slang words. The thing that kept me reading this tale was how Elizabeth Alder mixed the reality and fiction of the medievil times. Evyn who's the protagonist in this story has this dream of being a story teller and traveling the land to tell these stories. Eventually Evyn's storytelling dreams are cut short because his tongue is cut out by these two brothers that killed his father. Evyn is orphaned because there is no one to care for him. Elizabeth Alder feels Evyn needs a second chance but his father was killed he was put up for slavery. Evyn's new misteress, Lady Ealgyth provides him with the proper education. Evyn is later introduced to King Harold which was also the last king of the Anglo Saxon period. The bond between Evyn and King Harold is almost like father and son. In the end Evyn fins that all this time he was living his own story. Alder makes the protagonist Evyn interesting to me by starting the story with Evyn as a poor peasant with dreams and ending the story with Evyn almost being royalty. I highly recomend this book to all readers fom grades six to twelve because this is almost like a rags to riches story. This book also teaches you about second chances. This is a great novel by Elizabeth Alder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2003


    I really loved this book. It was captivating and exciting, the author makes you fall in love with Evan. You feel for him as he goes through triumphs and failures. Great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2000


    This is a great book. Once I started it, I could put it down until I finished it. I liked it because I could never tell what was going to happen next. I hope that Ms. Alder will write more books which are as good as this one is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    Hard to put down

    I read this book over two years ago, and I still like it. I've always liked historical fiction, but I never knew much about the Battle of Hastings. I liked reading about the time period, but I also enjoyed the characters personalities, especially the interaction between Evyn and Lewys. I liked Evyn a lot in how he keeps going even when everything falls to pieces around him time and time again. Stripped of everything he held dear, he survived and became a stronger person. At the time I first read this book, my favorite book was Johnny Tremain, and I noticed that the plots of the two books were really similar- if you liked the one, you'll probably like the other.

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