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The Last Siege by Jonathan Stroud
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Apr 24, 2012

it was amazing
Recommended to Jamie by: Librarian
Recommended for: Anyone who's ever felt lost or alone growing up
Read on January 01, 2004 , read count: 4

One of the only novels I've read that captures the magic of childhood without entering the world of fantasy, Stroud manages to capture the great loss that emerges as we travel through life (from childhood to adulthood) and are subject to disillusionment, death and isolation.

The three central characters in the novel each feel themselves separated from their peers and - though very different in personality - find solace in each other's company as they embark on a magical adventure in an abandoned castle, a solace they fight to defend as the adult world besieges the castle and threatens to force itself upon them should they fail.

An emotional story in which we see that those who seem to have all the answers are often clinging to the portrayal of this illusion in order to conceal how disturbing the real world can be.

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