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Monday, December 3, 2012

Review: Peaceweaver by Rebecca Barnhouse

Peaceweaver by Rebecca Barnhouse. A Companion to The Coming of the Dragon.

Peaceweaver by Rebecca Barnhouse

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2012
List Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9780375867668

Review: Castles, kings, and townspeople, have you ever dreamed about them when you were little or even now? Peaceweaver by Rebecca Barnhouse is a very exhilarating read. Hild, the main character, is the king's Òsister daughterÓ living a good life. Her daily life is easy. She has been held in high respect until one unconscious decision changes everything. Read how this unintentional decision alters her life forever.

Hild is a good, normal child who has a special chance for great honor. She gets to present the raiding party with curved drinking horn filled with mead a type of liquor. But she doesn't follow the correct steps in presenting it and embarrasses herself. Later she practices sword fighting with her cousin, the prince. During the practice, she has a reaction based on her instincts that changes her life. This causes an unintentional visit to her uncle, the king. He has her kept away in her house until he can decide what to do with her. Once he decides what to do. He summoned her to the hall. Hild is confused when she gets there because everyone is all cheery, even her uncle. What will happen to Hild?

Peaceweaver is one of my all time favorite books! The beginning may be a bit slow for the first section, but it pulls you in pretty quickly. I've easily read it for two to three hours straight. Peaceweaver is captivating if you like adventure. Personally, I think Peaceweaver deserves five stars. I recommend this book as a self-read for kids aging from 10 to 15. If someone a bit younger is interested in this book, they may need some assistance from their parents with the vocabulary. Parents should be warned that there is some violence that is a little graphic. Peaceweaver has so much feeling that if Hild was sad, I was sad. If she felt awkward, then I felt awkward. This book is a must read! I would recommend giving it a chance.

Review written by Karissa (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Peaceweaver for this review.

Have you read Peaceweaver? How would you rate it?

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