'A true dream is when the events I see in my sleep have, or will happen. It's a talent that runs in my family. I was thirteen when I had my first true dream'
Dana wishes she wasn't a princess. She's always being told how to behave, what to wear. The collier's cart seems the perfect escape. Only she didn't realize she'd become so dirty, or so lost. Fortunately this boy, Will, has a sense of direction. And next to the forbidding stranger, N'tombe, he seems reassuringly normal.
Welcome to the award-winning world of A Necklace of Souls: a story of love and loss, of shattered lives and desperate hopes. For bravery is not always measured by strength and magic can be real, if only one has the courage to dream.
Shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, A Necklace of Souls was awarded the Tessa Duder Award for Young Adult Fiction, Best First Book at the New Zealand Post Children and Young Adult Book Awards and is a Storylines Notable Book.
The SoulNecklace Stories, Volume One. 387 pages.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 and 1/2 Stars! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review when I signed up to host the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading this book but as I continued turning the pages I fond myself being drawn into the adventure of a lifetime. Dana is a young princess who has dreams so vivid that they confuse her young mind and leave her with many questions; questions that will in time be answered. Will is a young boy who loses his parents. After losing his parents a letter arrives from his aunt containing two intricately carved beads. Little does he know just how much his life is about to change. This book is well written with a strong story line and well developed characters. You will find yourself quickly immersed in the story and holding your breathe as you watch Dana and Will grow to be strong young adults with an unknown and adventurous path. I am looking forward to this continuing story.
*Disclaimer* I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review. This is a story about a princess and a pauper but not like you have read before. The princess, for starters, is not bothered about dresses and even the threat of cosmetics is enough to make her leave her bed and head for the forest. The pauper is a young boy who manages to live through hardship and tragedy before finding his way to work in the castle where the princess resides. This is a wonderfully paced and interesting Young Adult Fantasy book that drew me in from the start. Dana was a wonderful princess who somehow managed to 'fit'. She doesn't behave like a 20-year-old, she acts like a child (which she is when we join her). Will is also brilliant and he broke my heart on more than one occasion. The ties that bind these two are slow-burning and enduring, which is my kind of romance! There are a lot of characters in this that you will like or loathe but none of them are bland. There is space and time travel mentioned in this book but it still all fits together. The only one that jolted slightly was when N'tombe mentions where she comes from and how she got to the Kingdom of the Rose. Overall, a thrilling story with lots of dimensions to keep you reading. Thoroughly enjoyed it and have put A Skillful Warrior onto my TBR list. Recommended for all YA/Fantasy fans.