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A Coalition of Lions by Elizabeth Wein
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Aug 02, 2009

it was ok

The book takes place in the 6th century. It is about an alliance between Britain and present day Ethiopia. Artos, the high King of Britain is killed along with his sons. His daughter, Goewin, escapes with the Ambassador from Africa and they return to his homeland. There the British Ambassador is ruling in the place of the young African ruler. He is betrothed to Goewin. Goewin finds she has a nephew there. The young boy is the son of her brother. There is a question of who will now rule Britain. Goewin offers Britain to the British ambassador if he will return there and leave them all alone in Africa. Even trying to tell the story in a simple paragraph is problematic. The book is very complex. It is hard to follow the relationship of all the characters and I could never figure out a motive for why characters did what they did. Why did the king of “Ethiopia” let the British Ambassador rule in place of his son? Why was Goewin willing to give Britain to Constantine? Why did Goewin’s brother disappear after the battle for Britain and not help his sister escape. I think the plot is too complex for elementary kids. I don’t think there is enough action to keep them interested. The book is mostly filled with intrigue and plotting that is convoluted at best.
Susan Huff, Library Media Specialist

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