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The Returning by Christine Hinwood
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Jan 31, 2012

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bookshelves: fantasy, teenbooks, printz-winner

Hinwood has created a fascinating world in this fantasy that won a Printz Honor.

From Amazon... "Cam Attling, having lost an arm, is the only one from his town of Kayforl to return after twelve years of war. All his fellow soldiers were slain, and suspicion surrounds him. When his betrothal to Graceful Fenister is called off and his role in the community questioned, Cam leaves to find the Uplander lord who maimed him but spared his life, seeking answers and a new place in the world.

But this is not just Cam's story, it's about all those whose fates entwine with his. Set in a medieval world that is entirely the author's creation, this is an ingenious, exquisite story about what happens after the battle. When sisters, sons, friends, parents, and lovers are left to deal with the subtle aftermaths and unimagined repercussions of war."

The world building is exquisitely done and Hinwood has also created fully fleshed out characters who are compelling and capture your heart and imagination. The Uplander society, which has distinct tones of medieval Japanese culture, was quite intriguing. The theme of the aftermath of war, with the resulting loss of national identity, is powerful. Teens who love Megan Whalen Turner and Melina Marchetta's fantasy novels are sure to love this one.

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