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Kingdom of the Golden Dragon by Isabel Allende
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Nov 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, magic-realism, mystery, mythology, spanish, young-adult
Read in November, 2010

Second in a young adult series by Allende, I am now even more enthralled with Allende. The first book I said that I missed her lyrical and poetic prose. It was commented that something was lost in the translation, and of that, I have no doubt. But in this second adventure, I don't know if it had a better translation, or if Allende was purposefully putting in her signature prose, I noticed the heightened language.
What I love most about this series is that while it is intended for young adults, it is not dumbed down and it isn't patronizing.
I remember last year reading the popular Percy Jackson series and being disappointed. It had a very Mythologies for dummies feel to it. That series, while also targeting young adults, had none of the poetic flare that Allende has for words. But then again, who does?

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