This is a gripping tale of others from a different planet, searching for the world where Christ lived. The characters and plot line are fascinating, eThis is a gripping tale of others from a different planet, searching for the world where Christ lived. The characters and plot line are fascinating, exciting, and make for a really great read. When I got my book in the mail, I couldn't put it down. I have a newborn, a demanding toddler, and older children I homeschool- sleep is already hard to come by. But this book was too good to put down. I had to buy the kindle version as well to read on my phone so I could keeping reading at night without waking my newborn. Homeschool what?... I'll call it a reading day!...more
Wow! I was expecting a really cute, fun fantasy (which I love- who doesn't!) but got SO much more!! There is so much depth and feeling to this story.Wow! I was expecting a really cute, fun fantasy (which I love- who doesn't!) but got SO much more!! There is so much depth and feeling to this story. Sheila Nielson is a beautiful writer in every arena: pros, ideals, characters, and morals. I absolutely LOVED that Adrianne was a true hero: she did what was right, no matter how hard. And when the choice seemed to be between right and right, she impressed even further. I was surprised to find myself tearing up quite a few times- there are some wonderful lessons of character-building to be had by every reader.
Like "Peppermints in the Parlor" helped to influence me as a young child to think differently about old people (to not let awkwardness or intimidation keep me idle, but to take steps to get to know them, learn from them, and love them), so can "The Forbidden Sea" influence us to think differently regarding appearance (there are so many varieties of beauty- not just one cookie-cutter mold), style (it isn't everything and second, it can still be fun!), a desperate person (we can try to look past frightful or odd actions to see the desperation behind it and learn to give what is needed), and selflessness (that characteristic that requires courage and ultimately defines a hero).
I could not put this book down. It was extremely fun and thought-provoking. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book, Ms. Nielson! I can't wait to see what comes next!...more
Very fun! I really enjoyed this book. However, I went into reading this book, thinking that it was the last one, so I was pretty shocked by the endingVery fun! I really enjoyed this book. However, I went into reading this book, thinking that it was the last one, so I was pretty shocked by the ending, and pleased to now know that there is one more book to come....more
I REALLY liked this book. While it is historical fiction, it really is based off of a lot of fascinating medieval history taken from the Anglo-Saxon CI REALLY liked this book. While it is historical fiction, it really is based off of a lot of fascinating medieval history taken from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. Some of the characters' names in this story were taken from Old English. So that we could read the names, the author changed some of the Old English rune letters to make the names more readible... that information isn't all that important but I'm fascinated by Old English and Medieval history. Anyway, we learn from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles that there once lived a powerful lady ruler of Mercia, whose name the author translates to "AEthelflaed" pronounced "aathelflaad", who died of some sudden unknown disease, leaving her young daughter, Aelfwyn alone. Aelfwyn's uncle Edward, the West Saxon King, removed her from Mercia and Aelfwyn disappears from history. This story plays upon the idea of the exciting things Aelfwyn may have done after "disappearing" and it is an extremely charming story. VERY short read and more than worth it. Remember, this isn't a fantasy book, so the rules are different for this one ;) The author makes the story as believable as possible for the time in history it was supposed to have taken place. Aelfwyn's level of strength and courage aren't unbridled, like I expect my fantasy heroes to demonstrate ;). But for a more realistic story, the author doesn't fail to deliver either....more