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Secret Speakers and the Search for Selador's Gate by K.S.R. Kingworth
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Jul 07, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, young-adult-books-i-would-recommend
Read on July 20, 2011

Not at all what I expected. I liked the characters and I thought the allegory was interesting. There were a few times that the story was too rigid in trying to keep with spiritual teachings, and there were a couple of times I felt quite uncomfortable with the direct parallels. I did get a bit aggravated that everything had names that didn't make sense to me. All of the names of people and places and other things, like "shoomin" as a time period, distracted and detracted from the story. We are never told what made Fair different or special or why she was so essential to finding Selador's gate, which was frustrating. Still, those who enjoy allegories will probably be interested and intrigued. The part that made me most uncomfortable was Sauveren's bit in the garden. If this had been less of a direct parallel, I think I would have felt more comfortable with the overall story.

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