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From the Hardcover edition.
Posted April 5, 2012
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I was a bit apprehensive when I first started reading this book because it started out very quickly and I was hoping that the book wasn't a sequel to another book that I had not read (which I found out later it is). Peaceweaver is just fine as a standalone novel, but it was so good, I just bought Coming of the Dragon, which is Rune's story, to read later.
In case you didn't know what a Peaceweaver is, it the term for a girl of noble birth who is given to the king of an enemy kingdom to be his queen, as part of a peace deal. It is her job to try to weave peace between the two formerly warring kingdoms.
Hild is the sister-daughter of the King, but when she saves the heir to the throne, by killing a visiting ambassador, the bard in the king's court convinces the king that she is evil, and possessed by an evil spirit. This is not true, their goddess, Freyja, was actually working through her, giving her premonitions, so she could save the heir, her cousin. She is what her people call Far-minded, meaning she is a seer. Because of this gift, she is feared by many of the guards, even the guard she had hoped to marry. The king, also fearing her, on the advice of his bard, quarantines her in her home, essentially making her a prisoner, until the king and his bard come up with a plan that will change Hild's and everyone around else around hers life forever, being sent into exile as a Peaceweaver.
Hild and her guards, who are escorting her to the kingdom of Geat, have many adventures before finally meeting the famed Beowulf, who is to be her husband.
Hild shows strength, intelligence, respect, courage, honor, and sadness throughout her journey. She is a great role model for girls. She is neither weak, nor dumb. She shows kindness to those around her, even when they are not showing her kindness in return. I would highly recommend this book for students 5th grade- adult, depending on reading level. There is no sex, or even the alluding to sex. There is no swearing. There is violence, since this is an adventure novel, but it is nothing gory or inappropriate.
Teachers and parents should feel comfortable with recommending this book for their children to read. It would probably appeal more to girls, since this book covers Hild's story, but there is enough action that boys may enjoy it too. I can't wait for the next in what I hope is a series.
I received this book as an ARC, but I do not get paid to review books. I review books so that parents and teachers will have a better understanding of what their kids are reading.
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Posted August 12, 2012
There's a lot about this story that is great. First, Hild is a remarkable character, wholly relatable and likable in spite of (maybe because of) her flaws. Second, surrounding characters are intriguing without being distracting from Hild's story at hand. Third, the adventures, they are adventuresome! That said, there are some flaws to the tale that left me pulling back and unable to appreciate it as a whole as much as I really would have liked to. One such drawback is the pacing. The first three-quarters of the book or more trot along at a decent pace, leaving enough time and space for developing Hild and giving the town and its folks the fully crafted backstory it and they deserve. Which is why it creates such a whiplash effect when you get to the last scenes. And then it's over, with no time to reflect about this climax that just occurred. That's just untidy plotting and it left me craving answers and more time to sort out the tale.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 30, 2012
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