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The Ransom of Dond

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  32 reviews
She'd known from the day she learned to walk what destiny awaited her.

Wonderfully atmospheric, this is the haunting story of Darra - who, as the thirteenth child to be born to her mother, is destined to be sacrificed to Dond, the dark god of the underworld. On the day she turns thirteen she'll be rowed out to sea, where she will leap overboard with a rock tied to her ankle
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by David Fickling Books
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Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful folk/mythical tale!
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Klein, maar fijn! :)
Ben Trevail
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 52books2017
After recently reading A Monster Calls, I was intrigued when I spotted this in a local charity shop having not read any of Dowd's books. This is a short 80 page story myth based on a ransom a village has to pay to appease Dond - dark God of the Underworld. The ransom is that any thirteenth born child to a woman must be sacrificed. It's beautifully told and the illustrations by Pam Smy are a perfect match. A very enjoyable read.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibliotheek
Nadat ik verscheidene, zeer goede recensies voorbij had zien komen, besloot ik dit boekje toch ook maar gauw bij de bibliotheek te halen.

Dit dunne boekje gaat over Darra. zij is geboren als 13e kind van haar moeder, waardoor er een vloek op haar rust. Darra moet op haar 13e verjaardag geofferd worden aan Dond, om er voor te zorgen dat haar dorp 13 jaren geluk krijgt. Zo niet, zal er een storm over het dorp razen.

Het verhaal leest heel vlot. Darra is een lief karakter, waar je al snel medelijden
Lee Anderson  drunk_on_bookz
When most readers hear the name 'Siobhan Dowd' no doubt they think of 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness. Dowd is actually an extremely famous Irish - American who has written and published many short folk stories, her last idea for a story was A Monster Calls but she sadly died of cancer in 2007. Purchasing one of her books will not only add to your great collection but all the royalties from the purchase go to Siobhan Dowd Trust, for more info check out the website.
Phoebe Ledster
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ks1-2, short-story
A beautiful book! It’s short and very easy to read. It entices you in and keeps you guessing- a wonderful read!
Simran  Kalsi
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ransom of Dond is about Karma. Its about the greatest law of "cause and effect". Good causes always get their due in the form of good fortune and victory and truth(like the mighty Sun) never fails to shine! Its a very nice story and gives you hope! Evil cannot win forever. And there is light at the end of that tunnel. Its a nice one time read.
Christina Reid
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Atmospheric story that reads like a folktale. Barra is the 13th child in her family and will therefore become a sacrifice on her 13th birthday. Lovely illustrations and an engaging story, although the ending was rather abrupt.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful little legend.
Charlotte Latham
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, adventure
A beautiful book with striking illustrations full of the atmosphere of the legends of Ireland.
Rinascerai sotto forma di un pesce, di un gabbiano o di una stella, o forse di tutti e tre.(pagina 6)
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, children-s
A great myth story.
Eleanor Toland
Darra has always known that her life is promised to the god of the underworld. On the day of her thirteenth birthday she's destined to be rowed out into the ocean and thrown overboard with a stone tied to her feet, so the natives of her village can be protected from storms and famine. She's lived on a tiny island all her life, her only company the priest who will one day sacrifice her. Darra is understandably not happy about the situation, but gloomily accepts her fate, until the night before he ...more
Donds offer speelt zich af op een eiland, waar iedereen overgeleverd is aan de toorn van de duistere god Dond. Darra is als pechvogel geboren. Omdat ze het dertiende kind is van haar ouders, moet ze op haar dertiende verjaardag geofferd worden aan de kwade god. Gebeurt dit niet, dan zal er dertien jaar onheil zijn. Darra’s lot staat dus al vast, en daar kan ze niets aan veranderen…

Darra woont al haar hele leven bij Cain, de dorpsoudste. Haar moeder heeft haar aan hem afgestaan omdat ze de aanbli
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit kleine boekje telt slechts 47 bladzijdes. Ik had van tevoren niet veel verwachtingen. In eerste instantie nam ik dit boek omdat het me vooral handig leek voor mijn Goodreads challenge. Maar toen ik eenmaal begon merkte ik wat voor een goed verhaal dit eigenlijk wel niet is. Ongelofelijk knap hoe de auteur met zo weinig bladzijdes zo’n mystiek en meeslepend verhaal heeft kunnen neer zetten. Het einde was verrassend en prachtig om te lezen.
Ik heb slechts twee aanmerkingen op dit boekje. Eén: d
Katy Noyes
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is pretty much a modern telling of an Irish folk tale. Set in a far-off time, the 13th child on her 13th birthday must be sacrificed for her village to earn 13 years of luck.

It's very Irish and evocative in the telling, and is either a 30 minute read for an adult or a 2-3 session read with a child. The illustrations are lovely, distinctive and suited to the dark tale.

I loves Bog Child and A Monster Calls and this tale reminds us that Siobhan Dowd had much more to give as a writer.

A lovely
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Short but sweet.

The Ransom of Dond is the story of Darra - sentenced to die from birth. Tradition dictated that the thirteenth child born to a family must be sacrificed to Dond on their thirteenth birthday, so that the island may be prosperous for another thirteen years. Darra was born a twin, unexpected by her mother and shunned by the village. Now, on the dawn of her thirteenth birthday, she thinks over her life up until that point and the sacrifice she has to make.

This is Siobhan Dowd's last
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully atmospheric, this is the haunting story of Darra - who, as the thirteenth child to be born to her mother, is destined to be sacrificed to Dond, the dark god of the underworld. On the day she turns thirteen she'll be rowed out to sea, where she will leap overboard with a rock tied to her ankle. She can't think of a worse birthday present.

A beautiful short story, my only complaint is that it was too short!
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
'Een novelle' - maak daar maar kortverhaal van. Wel een sterk verhaal, het zou het ongetwijfeld goed doen in een Nederlandse verhalenwedstrijd. Toch vraag ik me af of publicatie als novelle echt handig is, het komt wel erg mager over in de huidige vorm. Goedgekozen omslag.
Diane Holland
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful tale of love - the love of a brother and sister but, most of all, the love of the mother who, despite the terrible wrong she had done them, redeemed herself in the end by saving them both.
Rogene Carter
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
A brilliant work of simplicity, magnificent illustration, and a strong narrative arc.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-kids, read-2014
A beautifully written Irish folk tale.
Alison Condliffe
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Simple, beautifully told myth about a 13th child, secrets and faith. I love how Siobhan Dowd writes, she was an absolute master. Each book I read of hers leads me to another.
May 26, 2015 added it
I thought it was amazing!I also think the curse was silly, what is so bad about the number 13?
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A beautiful and simply told tale of love and fate. It reads like an old folk tale, and has the most beautiful and evocative illustrations.

A small, but perfectly formed, joy.
Alison Brownlee
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really like her style and although I think it's the artwork that really made the book as it was no where near as good as A Swift Pure Cry it was still a nice little bedtime story.
Sarah Ann
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it

Beautifully told but not a story that particularly interested me.

I liked how the illustrations moved across the pages and through the story.
Dom Conlon
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Simple. Powerful. Effective. This is mythic storytelling at its best, lasting long after the last page and planting the urge to encourage others to read it.
Jürgen Peeters
Mijn recensie van ‘Donds offer’ verscheen op ‘Tzum’
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Siobhan Dowd was born to Irish parents and brought up in London. She spent much of her youth visiting the family cottage in Aglish, County Waterford and later the family home in Wicklow Town.
She attended a Catholic grammar school in south London and then gained a degree in Classics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. After a short stint in publishing, she joined the writer's organization PEN