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Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher & Pages: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition, 2012, 432 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Highlight: Exceptional use of simple language and has a great flow of events.
Highlight: The author doesn’t shy away from hard situations, and upsetting events.
Highlight: The character attitudes and their development throughout the story is consistent, and changes logically from past incidents.
*Please note that this review is in the old format.*
Guest Reviewed by Grant Neame
TITLE: The Sword of Shannara
AUTHOR: Terry Brooks
PUBLISHER: Del Rey
SYNOPSIS: Long ago, the wars of ancient Evil had ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races – gnomes, trolls, dwarfs and elves. But in peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knew little of such troubles.
Then came the giant, forbidding Allanon, possessed of strange Druidic powers, to reveal that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destroy the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rested the hope of all races.
Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save the Vale, Shea flees, drawing the Skull Bearer after him.
Thus begins the seemingly hopeless quest of a simple man against the greatest power of Evil the world has ever known.