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The Sable Moon (The Book of Isle #3)

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A headstrong young prince, enslaved far from home, must rescue his imperiled kingdom and those he loves from an ancient dark sorcery in Nancy Springer’s magnificent third entry in the Book of Isle

The life of young Prince Trevyn of Isle changes forever on the day a mysterious boy named Gwern is welcomed without question into the family’s castle. Stubborn and resentful of t
Paperback, 264 pages
Published November 1st 1981 by Pocket Books (first published 1981)
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Nov 08, 2010 X rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with the previous books in the series, Isle is not the most original fantasy world, but the story is still delightfully captivating. I usually do not like sequels that have the previous main character's kid as the protagonist, but in this case it did not seem like Hal and Alan were only peripheral characters even though they were no longer the "main" characters, and Trevyn became quite a likable hero by the end of the story. There were a few things I was not entirely clear about, but perhaps ...more
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All right, now about the book itself. This, the third volume of Nancy Springer's Isle series, follows the next generation after The Silver Sun - Trevyn, the headstrong son of Alan and Lysse, part elf, someday king, and all-round pain in the neck. Trevyn's pride is a driving force of the first section of the novel, causing him to reject his blood-brother and walk away from his true love. My favorite part of the book is his arrival in Welas, where his pride both defeats
Dec 28, 2008 Cera rated it liked it
Yikes, I've gotten so behind on these! Only sketchy thoughts are left, sadly.

I liked the way that Springer plays with some Tolkien tropes (the 'call' to sail across the sea) both by reproducing them and inverting them, providing nice parallel experiences for different characters. I also appreciated her attempts to write a female character who was somewhat competent without being unearthly. The world is still very gendered, but Meg was a nice change of pace from the oh-so-perfect romantic interes
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Not as good as the first two, but enjoyable.
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Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery -- although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE
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The Book of Isle (5 books)
  • The White Hart (The Book of Isle, #1)
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