- Tapa blanda: 250 páginas
- Editor: Tangled Sky Press (2 de abril de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0615976166
- ISBN-13: 978-0615976167
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Children Without Faces: A Novel of the Roughlands (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 2 abr 2014
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One more death shouldn’t matter. In the Roughlands, you can die a thousand different ways. In the town of Cold Harbor, between the cursed forest, the dark cliffs, and the wild and bitter sea: double that amount. But twelve-year-old Toby refuses to accept this when his own little brother mysteriously vanishes from the cellar of their home. Even when the search takes Toby to the Thicket, a tangle of slums that Cold Harbor prefers to forget...and to rumors of demonic magic. Dark in tone and vivid in storytelling, Children Without Faces holds readers long into the night. Erik Marshall weaves fantasy and suspense in Wards of the Thicket, a coming-of-age series that will grip your heart...and keep the pages turning.
Biografía del autor
Erik Marshall abides in the glorious Pacific Northwest, otherwise known as Mirkwood-Without-The-Giant-Spiders. Although the spiders often grow too numerous for his comfort. He is defended from all eight-legged threats by his brave and overly tolerant wife, and is mocked by his obligatory writer’s cat. When not writing, Erik comforts the elderly, guides the youth through vast wildernesses, and smuggles more books into his library of increasingly alarming size. He also writes fiction under the name Erik Kort.
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I enjoyed how the lore was naturally included throughout the plot, so I was not forced to learn a new culture/religion as a text, but rather learned it through action and character's thoughts.
Recommend to all readers interested in Young Adult Fiction that is suspenseful and dark.
I liked Toby, a spunky idiot who forges ahead despite having no real idea what's going on. His sense of responsibility thrusts him into a leadership role, and he shines in it. The story spans about a week (I wasn't keeping track) of time, and during it, his eyes are opened to the rotten underbelly of his small town. In proper hero fashion, he only finds it because he's busy trying to rescue his brother.
Cold Harbor is a really awful place. The rain is acid, the forest around it is full of monsters, the ocean crashes against its seaside cliffs, outsiders are unwelcome, and boys reach adulthood at the tender age of fourteen. I feel the same way about it that I do about upper Minnesota: why would anybody live there? What madness possessed the people who originally settled there? (I'm sure upper Minnesota is delightful in the summer. Can't say the same for Cold Harbor.)
Dani reminds me of some people I know. In some ways, I wish she'd been the main character instead, because I felt a greater connection to her and her struggles. This may simply be an issue of gender on my part. The author did a fine job with her.
Overall, I'm hesitant to recommend this too broadly because of the dark elements. Though there's little in the way of gore and no sensualized or highly descriptive violence or grossness, the events themselves may be quite disturbing to gentler readers, especially since it happens to kids. Further, it's about kids, and the author does a good job of capturing the mentality of a child. If you can get past these things, it's quite good.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.