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Return by Aaron Becker
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2017, adventure, childrens, fantasy, library

The first two books in this trilogy extol the importance of imagination and storytelling. There’s always the risk in books with those themes of coming off as self-indulgent and vain, but Aaron Becker’s sprawling illustrations soon distracted me from any such musings. All the more reason to applaud his decision to go in a different direction for the final book! While the artwork continues to be resplendent and grandiose, perhaps even more so than before, the plot is much more substantial and less dependent on timeless topics.



You have to be bold as brass to introduce an adult hero into the oft-repeated tale of a neglected child who fancies herself the saviour of a magical kingdom. But now that Becker has done it, I realise for the first time that this is the only fitting end to every little girl’s journey. No amount of glory could have made up for (view spoiler)—even if this conclusion renders the second instalment somewhat inconsequential to the overarching story. I also appreciate that the finale embraces fantasy unapologetically; the series still works on the level of metaphor, but this book is affirmation that it doesn’t have to be either/or.

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Reading Progress

September 28, 2016 – Shelved
March 20, 2017 – Started Reading
March 20, 2017 – Finished Reading

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