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The Black Beast (The Book of Isle #4)

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In Nancy Springer’s enthralling fourth volume of the Book of Isle, two young princes set out to destroy their own father and the pervasive evil that poisons the kingdom

An epic saga set in an ageless island stronghold of magic and mystery, Nancy Springer’s Book of Isle series is considered by many to be among the most accomplished offerings in all of fantasy literature, as
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 17th 1982 by Pocket (first published 1982)
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What a terrible book. But not in the sense that I wonder why I finished it, just that it did not end how I would have liked it to. Ending aside, I loved the style and the story, though both are too Tolkienesque to be very fresh or original. I hope that all will be resolved more happily in the next, and last, book in the series.
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This book is incredibly depressing. The characters are constantly miserable, unhappy with their situation, fate, and the choices they have made. Even strong friendships can be built on anger. I enjoyed the book because of its powerful emotional effect, but I suggest reading it quickly so that you don't stay sad for too long.
Read this way back in high school, and I gotta say that it's a beautiful little piece of mythic fantasy which I have a soft spot for... But I never felt as close to the characters as I did to Hal and Alan and other characters in the Isle books... Lovely language, though.
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