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Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan
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Jul 04, 2010

it was amazing

It's not To Kill a Mockingbird or Lord of the Rings. But for what this book is supposed to be, a YA fantasy novel, it's brilliantly put together. Good sound plot, memorable characters, satisfying action scenes, near-death in the desert, traitors, bargaining, horse-racing, archery, and a princess with a sharp turn for bargaining--as well as a mean slingshot. The quality of this novel is even more remarkable considering this is the seventh book in the series, although the author has wisely tackled story lines in single books or pairs, not tried to carry a single plot throughout. In fact, this book is set at an earlier time than the previous two, which is problematic only because you know the main characters must have survived. If you're not into swordfighting fantasy books for younger readers you might not enjoy it, but if you're interested in well-written, engaging fantasy that several of my young friends are reading, this is a great series.
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