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Gr 5-9- As this absorbing fantasy begins, 16-year-old Southlander Ellin is trapped in the Northlands with her healer father, who was summoned to help the dying ruler. She begins to discover her own powers and cures King Allard herself, but they are forced to remain until he is completely recovered. Although Southlanders are scorned in this inhospitable climate, Ellin befriends Allard's sons. After the king awakens and imprisons her and her father for practicing "Southling witchcraft," the princes help them escape. Back home, Guardians (government agents) try to capture Ellin because she is "tainted"-possessed of forbidden telepathic powers. They kill her father and she flees into the forest. She is rescued by a small band of resistance fighters who plan to use their mind-controlling powers to compel the Northlanders to wage war against the Guardians and allow the rebel group to take control of the country. Ellin must use her skills to mentally defeat these self-proclaimed "True Southlanders" and save her Northlander friends from mental annihilation. The author's careful attention to everyday details builds a richly believable fantasy world with a medieval flair. A strong heroine, Ellin matures as the narrative progresses. There is plenty of action, danger, and page-turning suspense, and issues of prejudice and persecution are well handled. Science-fiction fans will appreciate the threat of mind control as a weapon. A satisfying ending with a hint of future romance will have readers eagerly awaiting the sequel.-Quinby Frank, Green Acres School, Rockville, MDCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted November 6, 2008
The Southling Ellin has been summoned with her father to the Northland kingdom. In a land where they are despised for their red hair and feared for their magic, their hand in the healing of the Northland king is a secret. However, the healing powers that have been banned by law may be the only thing that can save the ailing king. <BR/><BR/>On a crucial night, Ellin must fight against the prejudice that threatens to keep her from fulfilling the oaths that her father, as a healer, took, and that she will take on the day she is of age. Her determination manages to pull the monarch through the worst, but, while she learns that the potential for peace among individual Northlands and Southlings exists, she and her father are forbidden to return to their homeland until the king regains consciousness. <BR/><BR/>The friendships that she forges will bring her through a time when all she once understood about her life is destroyed, and she must find a way to come to terms with the power she's inherited and the truth she has grown to understand before a war sweeps away everything she has left. <BR/><BR/>I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and recommend it to all who have found themselves on both sides of a drawn line. The characters are easy to identify with, and the plot rich and relevant. I will be keeping an eager eye out for Book Two.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2007
We read Northlander for a Teen Book Club that we belong to and all of us really loved it. It was very different from any other fantasy we've read - which made it all the more exciting. 'Actually a couple of us read it in one night!' Our Club highly recommends this book and... We can't wait until Book Two is out!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2007
Northlander is a book I couldn't put down. I was pulled into the harsh land that Meg Burden has created and lived with Ellin, the heroine, through the dangers that surround her on all sides, including her own homeland. I heartily recommend it for anyone who likes good fantasy with smart, independent heroines.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.