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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Book Reciw: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Summary: Sixteen when a baby is brought to her to raise, Sybel has grown up on Eld Mountain. Her only playmates are the creatures of a fantastic menagerie called there by wizardry. Sybel has cared nothing for humans, until the baby awakens emotions previously unknown to her. And when Coren--the man who brought this child--returns, Sybel's world is again turned upside down.

Thoughts: Reminiscent of Ursula Le'Guin's Earthsea novels, this book was a deep and enchanting read. I admit, I picked it up expecting a cheesy romance but was interested despite myself. I mean, she raises a baby as the plot, there had to be at least some cute scenes right? Right. There were plenty. I was actually pleasantly surprised because, honestly, I hadn't expected the child to have much of a part in the story. And the romance? Not an issue, I actually came to semi-enjoy it by the end! The flow and narrative are great and it feels like another fantastic tale with its myths wound round the very core of the story. I really liked this book! 

Content: There was only one thing in this book noteworthy of content...but it's bad and a major plot point, also a SPOILER so beware. Around halfway through the book, Sybel is kidnapped and nearly raped. The memory of what almost (started to, actually) happen to her drives her to seek revenge so the scene isn't quickly forgotten but neither is it remembered in too great detail after it's happened. While there wasn't an overt amount of dwelling on it during the scene, I'd say it was a little too clear for younger or immature readers. Aside from that, she does (again SPOILER) get married and there are a few, less detailed, interactions between her and her husband. Over all a good read and the content isn't something to really worry about for a mature reader.

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