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Posted May 20, 2011
As the subtitle implies, this novel is very much like a fairy tale. The Land of Shey, where much of it takes place, is beautiful and populated by a variety of interesting people and magical creatures. As with the best stories of any stripe, "Rose of Par Kluhnd" is a grand adventure. Rose experiences many things, from the sorrows of death to the thrill of first love. She deals with allies, enemies, and turncoats. However, the story goes much deeper than the adventure.
As with many fairy tales, there are life lessons for the reader to learn. For me the main lesson to take away from "Rose of Par Kluhnd" is the nature of responsibility. Rose was leery of accepting her coach's request to be captain of her soccer team; mainly because she wasn't sure she wanted the responsibility and was mature enough to recognize the commitment this role implied. However, once she reached the Land of Shey, Rose learned that responsibility is sometimes foisted on you whether you feel prepared or not. If you're the only who can do the job, you may not have a choice. This lesson is one anyone could benefit from and is especially apropos for the primary target audience.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**