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Northlander by Meg Burden
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May 23, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult, reread
Read in July, 2008 , read count: 2

The set-up reminded me of classic Robin McKinley - a girl in a strange place, plenty of intriguing characters, a hint of magic. There's an unexpected (to me) shift halfway through the book, and I found myself missing the first half and wondering what on earth was going on, but soon enough the plot revealed itself, and a few more dimensions were added to the story. It's not super fast paced, but I think it's pretty accessible for middle school/teen readers (and grownups) who like that slight fantasy with a hint of historical fiction sub-genre. The plot felt like an enjoyable excuse to observe the dynamics between Ellin and the five princes. The characters in general were great - I hope there are more books to come in the series, because I know I'll enjoy spending more time with them. I'm also curious to see how things work out plot-wise - while things were mostly wrapped up at the end, enough was left hanging for a meaty sequel or two.

Reread before reading the sequel.

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