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The Sunbird by Elizabeth Wein
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Jul 01, 11

Not the first in the series, but it stands alone and it's my favorite (though I like them all). Ordinarily I think doing any kind of spin on the Arthurian legend is a bad idea, but Elizabeth Wein can handle it -- and anyway, The Sunbird is pretty far removed from the legend.

The writing is superb, Telemakos is one of my all-time favorite YA protagonists, the setting -- the African kingdom of Aksum -- is fabulous. But there is some grim, grim, grim violence in this book, some of the worst I've ever seen in YA stories, so be warned.

Even so, note the five stars. The violence isn't gratuitous, it IS integral to the story, it DOES work, and I love and admire this book more than words can say. Anything else this author writes, let me tell you, I'm right there.
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