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Arrow by R.J. Anderson
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Oct 06, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, ya

I really wish I were feeling more energetic, and more coherent, in order to say what I liked so much about this book. But I'm not, so will only point out a couple of things. 1) Rhosmari is as strong a protagonist as Knife/Peri and Linden are, and is still herself. Writing three (with one more probably already largely written) books with intersecting characters but with the POV character changing from book to book without having the protagonists start to seem either samey or obviously constructed to be different is a very tough trick. Pulled off admirably.

2) The view of the Children of Rhys from the inside is equally strong, and again exemplifies what I said in the review of Knife - that this is old-fashioned in all the good ways that can be meant, without in any way closing down questioning of traditions. Rhosmari's understanding of the way of non-violence practiced by the Children of Rhys is questioned again and again - or rather, she is forced to question it - and what she comes to illustrate is that this is what everyone has to do in order to make beliefs their own. It really doesn't matter whether those beliefs are religious ones or non-religious moral ones, and there is no preachiness about this at all. It's just a moving portrayal of the huge struggle Rhosmari has to undergo. And the coming together of the different wylds' peoples is great.

3) I loved the (credible) reconciliation at the end. It's just something that's always made me happy, when people are shown to be able to overcome fear or anger or even guilt, and find who they really were all along, even though their actions may have been appallingly far from that true self at times.

And finally 4) When Rhosmari was totally lost and didn't know what to believe, a dog helped show the way. A very pitiful dog, in pitiable state.

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Brandy Painter My copy is on the way right now. I hope it doesn't take too long to make its journey across the Atlantic...

message 2: by Hallie (last edited Feb 27, 2011 08:21AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Hallie Glad it didn't take too long! And that you loved it too.

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