Wren to the Rescue

Wren to the Rescue

by Sherwood Smith

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BN ID: 2940011472060
Publisher: Book View Cafe
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Series: Wren Series , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 505,979
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Sherwood Smith began her publishing career in 1986, writing mostly for young adults and children. To date she’s published over thirty books. The latest was Treason’s Shore, last of the four-book Inda series, with Coronets and Steel scheduled for September 2010. She also writes for young adults, her most popular book being Crown Duel, from Firebirds—the e-book edition of its prequel, Stranger to Command, will be her first offering through Book View Cafe. She’s also written short fiction, and collaborated with several authors, including the Grand Master Andre Norton. One of her books was an Anne Lindbergh Honor Book; she’s twice been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and once a Nebula finalist. Some of her stories have been reprinted in “best of” anthologies, and her work has been translated into numerous languages. Sherwood Smith was a teacher for twenty years, working with children from second grade to high school. She specialized in literature, history, and drama. She still does writing workshops at schools, and freelances for Publishers Weekly.

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Wren To The Rescue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I found it as a kid in my local library, snd bought them since. In this one, the main characters are introduced and the world described. Wren is finding friends, and learning about loyalty no matter how hard life gets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am pre-ordering three copies of this book--one for me and one each for my two daughters (so when they grow up and leave home they don't take MY copy!!). This book is a delight for any child (and enjoyable to read to them), but you never outgrow it. I have read this book to my daughters repeatedly, but we always had to get it from the library (I actually have it on loan right now!). Please republish the rest of the trilogy and allow Sherwood to continue the story into a fourth book!
Elentarien on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A fairly simple read and a semi-classic fantasy. Prisoner taken, questors head off to the big-bad fortress to rescue said prisoner. But still, it was a fun, and fairly light read. The children were a bit younger than I expected, but they came across well enough to be able to handle the adventure, and when the main character gets shape-changed things take an interesting little twist. Good ending, and all comes right, as a proper story should. Nothing to heavy or dark in the story, so it was quite enjoyable for a light read. I did find the 'modern' speech of the children a little bit odd, given the 'medieval' type world they were in, but it did make it easier to follow rather than stiff speech that one might otherwise expect.
atimco on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Wren to the Rescue is the first in a young adult/children's fantasy series by Sherwood Smith (who, by the way, is a woman, not a man). I usually enjoy books of this genre, but this one was a bit of a chore to get through.Wren is an orphan living in the Three Groves foundling home with her friend Tess. It turns out that Tess is a princess in hiding because of a threat made by Andreus, the evil sorcerer-king whose country borders Meldrith. When the girls are summoned to the palace, it takes about a day before Tess is spirited away by a servant of Andreus. Wren is determined to rescue her friend, and along the way picks up two accomplices: Tyron, a gifted student of magic whose involvement in the rescue mission has endangered his standing with his master; and Connor, a wellborn magic student with no gift for magic whatsoever. Many clichéd happenings ensue before the happy ending. What struck me most about this book was how derivative it is of Tolkien. So much is borrowed from Middle-earth ¿ and not very well borrowed, either. I started writing down all the likenesses because there are so many:¿ The girls' heroine from legend, Eren Beyond-Stars, bears an alarming resemblance to Lúthien¿ Twice the party travels underneath mountains through dark, ruinous caves (can you say Moria?)¿ They eat sustaining "traveller's cakes" that smell suspiciously of lembas¿ They are able to travel on "chraucans," which bear an alarming resemblance to Tolkien's Eagles¿ They are chased by "warries," which bear an alarming resemblance to Tolkien's Wargs¿ They are spied upon by "gryphs," which bear an alarming resemblance to Tolkien's crebain¿ The characters indulge in lots of scrying, with effects very similar to both Ring and Palantirí useI understand that Tolkien is a cornerstone in the fantasy genre, but if you're going to copy him, don't do it so obviously. Have some creativity, at least!Besides all this, the characterization is very poor. Wren never comes across as a believable heroine. Somehow she was born with pre-highlighted hair; no doubt this hints at her incredible magic skills. She's a brat. And she's way too cutesy and perky, annoyingly so. She calls the bad guys "baddiepeepers," which is apparently the funniest thing Tyron has ever heard. Magic students must not get out much. Andreus is very one-dimensional. Evil and violent, muwhahahaha! He even spills his plans of conquest to Tess, his prisoner, like every stereotyped bad guy to ever terrorize a poor countryside. His henchmen are amazingly stupid (who would not notice a dog slipping into a cell right behind the nightly dinner delivery?). And there are so many holes in his guard spells and tracers, I was really starting to wonder about his supposed prowess as a magician. Mmhmm. The only halfway-interesting person in the story was Idres, the bitter magician who betrayed and escaped Andreus many years before. But even she fell a bit flat, with her constant "wintry smile" and leave-me-alone-I-am-bitter attitude. Predictably enough, she does join in the quest before the end, saving the children from some very stupid mistakes just in time. I didn't much care for the writing style either; it was awkward in its attempts to be memorable. Take this example from page 126:"Tears blurred her vision from the icy strength of the wind."So the icy strength of the wind was blurred in her vision so she couldn't see it? Is her vision blurred by the wind or by her tears? Wouldn't this be so much better as, "Tears from the icy strength of the wind blurred her vision"? Even that has plenty of room for improvement. Some of the other descriptions were similarly clunky. And why does Smith try to make up words to make her fantasy world seem like it has more of a distinct culture? Combining two words into one ("slimeslug") does not constitute creative slang. The dialogue was okay most of the time, but there were some howlers. Consider this event that happened in Moria*cough* I mean under the mou
SockMonkeyGirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book starts one of my favorite YA fantasy series. Wren is an excellent heroine. I like that she is not the most beautiful or the smartest, but she is clever and brave and full of surprises. I read this when I was a kid at my library and was so excited to find there were sequels. This started my love affair with Sherwood Smith. A fun and satisfying read.
LiadanESM More than 1 year ago
I know a lot of reviews focus on story and how much they love this book, so I'll try to fill in the holes. First, it's terrible this book is out of print. I heard the lousy covers deterred readers, PLEASE ignore the cover of this book. It's terrible, but the story inside is under-rated in its excellence. Now to fill in holes. First, the main characters are Wren, a 12 yr old girl with magical potential, Tyron an extremely gifted Mage apprentice-age 13? I think and Connor, a 14 yr. old prince swordsman and communer with animals and nature. Now, despite the ages, you may think this is a teen book. It's NOT. The storyline they journey through focuses on a very adult world of war, evil sorcerers, bandits and deathly peril. No kids stuff here. There are funny moments, Wren is as amusing as she is brave and daring, but the humor is a facet, not the theme. What kills me is these books deserve so many more adult readers, at least the first book. Wren's dearest freind, Princess Teressa, is kidnapped by a wicked Mage, King Andreus who is one of the most interesting and complicated villains I've read yet. It's such a pity you don't see more of him in this book - and in the whole series. If I had one complaint about this series, that would be it. Anyways, Wren, Prince Connor and Mage Tyron need to travel on a dangerous and surprise-filled journey to Andreus' realm to save Teressa before Andreus can break the Princess and brainwash her into his evil apprentice. As the story progresses, the plot only becomes more complicated, which I love. You find out nearly all of the characters have secret pasts that all twist and turn into each other's lives. Andreus has a former apprentice who fell in love with the king and in the end helps the teens. Two ancient mages are secretly working the strings in the backround and the story has lots of plot twists and unexpected happenings that are interesting without being unbeilievable. The ending is great and closes well for #2. But, really, this book is worth the attention of adult readers. The second and third books aren't as good, in my opinion, but you can read the fourth book, "Wren Journeymage" on the website of the author Sherwood Smith. Unfortunatley, Smith is having a hard time finding a publisher for book 4, which is a shame, because the series seems to "grow up," a great deal by #4. So, if you like 1-3, please advocate on her Site for the publication of #4. She needs to find a different publisher or something. In #1, we see a tiny mention of Andreus' mentor, which is expanded upon in #4. I hope if 4 comes out, we'll see this "Sorcerer King" in #5. So, please, read, enjoy and check our her Website to read #4. Happy reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The beginning of a rich plot with hidden secrets, Sherwood Smith's Wren to the Rescue reminds us what we would do for a friend when they're in need. It also emits a powerful need to know ourselves, find our weaknesses and strengths, and begin anew with that knowledge. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a bit of light fantasy reading, and I assure you that it will get you thinking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book because I loved Sheerwood Smith's other book but this book kind of dissapointed me. I thought that it could have been better. But it is exciting and adventureous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will admit i picked this book up because of its cover. For many years i have been a fan of fanasty, and am glad that i picked this book. This was a humorful story with unique characters. Each character had his or her own personality. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this book it was very well written. thought i would have liked this book more if smith had gone more in depth with the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, Wren is now one of my favorite characters and I dont have many of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I enjojed 'Crown Duel' and 'Court Duel' and hoped this would be as good. Even better, it surpassed them! Wren is funny, loyal, and persistant. I can't wait to read the next two!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very delightful fantasy story! It can be a tad slow in some parts, but it has a diverting storyline and wonderful characters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wren to the rescue is one of my all time favorite books. Its so great, and when I read it, I really never did put it down. Its SO amazing, and full of adventure and fantasy. Please try it, I know its out of print, but try to find a copy, because its a really good book.