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Halitor the Hero
Halitor has failed at every apprenticeship under the Ice Castle. He figures it’s his last chance when his parents foist him on Bovrell the Bold as an apprentice Hero, and he pores eagerly over the Hero’s Guide to Battles, Rescues and the Slaying of Monsters. But Halitor infuriates his master when he drops his sword and gets rattled around Fair Maidens. When his master aban ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published November 30th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Oct 08, 2014 Jemima Pett rated it it was amazing
Halitor the Hero, or Halitor the Hapless? I love the way each chapter casts Halitor into a different role. Even his name fits the unheroic mould, since halitosis is bad breath! The author brilliantly chooses an equally potentially punning name for the heroine, kitchen-maid Melly - or is that Smelly? - who Halitor almost saves from the clutches of an ogre. Strange really, since ogres are only supposed to snatch Fair Maidens and Princesses, but Melly comes from a suitably murky past, and who knows ...more
Sixteen-year-old Halitor was supposed to be on his way to becoming a Hero, according to the very-important manual, The Hero’s Guide to Battles, Rescues, and the Slaying of Monsters. But he is such a mistake-prone and girl-shy klutz that his master sacks him at a most inconvenient time, leaving poor Halitor stuck as the kitchen help at an inn in the middle of nowhere. There, he meets the determined and NOT-shy Melly, the kitchen maid, who demands that he teach her what he knows about sword fighti ...more
I loved this book! Halitor is a Don Quixote for older kids and tween readers. A bit hapless, but very likeable, Halitor sets out to make the world a better place. Things don't always go as planned, however, and good deeds tend to go a bit awry, especially where Melly the kitchen wench is concerned. Good action, good heart, and some good suprises will keep you reading to the end. Among indie books available for kids, in my opinion, this is one of the best; truly a hidden gem.
Rebecca Douglass grew up in Idaho, Arizona, and Washington states, and now lives near San Francisco. Her passions include backpacking, hiking, books, and running and biking. She works at the library, volunteers in the schools, and is hard at work on her next book.More about Rebecca M. Douglass