Jenny's Reviews > The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes

The Blue Shoe by Roderick Townley
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Mar 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, fantasy
Read in January, 2010

I loved this book. It had me at the first page by starting off almost as if it were a fairy tale. It takes place in a mountain town run by an uncredulous mayor and his very spoiled and selfish wife. They feel the whole town should be at their beck and call and anything they want or fancy,well mostly the mayor's wife she should have. Even if it means hiring criminals to dig and run a prison at a mountain of mining to get what they want.

This book is sort of a dark tale but one that also has a lesson to be learned. The main character is a thirteen year old boy named Hap, who is the hero of the story. When his mother dies his father gets so caught up in his sorrow he lets his business go by the wayside and is sent off the dreaded mountain where all the towns beggers are sent to never to be seen again.Grel is the towns cobbler who is commisioned to make a beutiful jeweled shoe for an unknown person, hench the mysstery begins. The shoe is what the story is centered around bringing in the best and worst in the people around it.The ending of the story is what brings the genre of fantasy into the story as well.
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