The Maze in the Heart of the Castleby Dorothy Gilman
His name was Colin, and although he still couldn't believe it, his parents were gone, both dead from the plague. Scared, confused, and angry, he sought out a monk who told him about a haunted castle on Rheembeck Mountain and the old, strange wizard who lived there. Perhaps there Colin would find a way to stop his
He Was Only Sixteen When Tragedy Struck....
His name was Colin, and although he still couldn't believe it, his parents were gone, both dead from the plague. Scared, confused, and angry, he sought out a monk who told him about a haunted castle on Rheembeck Mountain and the old, strange wizard who lived there. Perhaps there Colin would find a way to stop his pain....
But instead of answers, the wizard showed him a locked oak door. Beyond it lay an ancient stone maze that led to a mystical land, a place where bandits roamed freely, where people lived within dark caves, afraid of the light, where cruelty was the way of the world, and where beautiful girls were not always what they seemed.
The wizard opened the oak door and invited Colin to enter. If Colin came through this strange place alive, he might indeed be able to ease the pain in his heart. But once inside, there could be no going back....
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This book is amongst the best I have ever read. It has adventure, a little bit of romance, and fantasy. This book is good for people of all ages and interests. It has something for everyone. I recommend anyone who is having a hard time in his or her life to read this book. I definitely would enjoy reading this book again. It made me think of all the hard times I have had in my life, so far, and made me think that maybe there is a 'Galt' inside me. Maybe everyone has his or her own 'Galt.'---Colin goes to see the Grand Odlum after his parents died. He goes to see the Grand Odlum for answers to why this had happened. The Grand Odlum takes Colin to the maze and says that after his journey he will know the answer to everything. Throughout Colin's journey he meets many different people. He meets the Wos, Zan for the Talmars, Charmian from the Talmars, the Conjurer, the Despas, the Magistrate, Serena and Raoul from Galt, and Gayno a thief. Al of these people helped Colin somehow in his journey. The Wos were very depressed people and taught Colin not to feel sorry for himself, but to go on with life or journey. Zan came from the Talmars who were very rude and cruel people, however, Zan was not rude and cruel. Charmian was Zan's sister and she was also from the Talmars. The difference between Charmian and Zan was that Charmian had a cold-heart and was very deceiving. The Conjurer and the Magistrate helped Colin in almost the same way. Serena and Raoul were very adventurous and fearless teenagers. Serena was Raoul's sister. At the end Serena helps Colin end his journey. Gayno is a very cruel thief. He kidnaps Colin and tortures him for days until Serena saves him. Throughout Colin's journey he learns many lessons about life and himself. Many of these lessons he learns when he has been kidnapped. He learns that you can trap the body, but the soul and mind can never be trapped.
The book follows Colin and his journey to find the meaning for his parents death. Allog the way he finds the true meaning of being and a wonderful lady named Selena.
The Maze in the Heart of the Castle is the one of the best fictional/fantasy books I've read. I really think it should be incorporated into required reading materials for children at the middle school level. This a parable that contains so much wisdom and life lessons some difficult that we all endure in some way. There are universal truths that are exposed in this book and the emotions that Dorothy Gilman evokes with her aberrant writing style touch the the soul because we've all felt the wide range of feelings Colin encounters during his journey: fear, despair, curiosity, love, and hope. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to read about life's simple truths packaged in an amazing and brilliantly written story.
I read this book at least every year, if not more. Each time you read the story, different perspectives of your own life journey come to light and at first it was perhaps just a well spun story, but as you see the travels of Colin through new eyes, you understand yourself better each time. We all experience life in ups and downs-many times not able to control the what, but our power is in the what now and how we choose to react, process, and deal with each choice we make to forge our next step. If this book goes into reprint, I will buy copies to give and share for as long as I am able. I highly recommend all of the Mrs. Pollifax Series as great reads, as well!