“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― G.K. Chesterton

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Perilous Gard Book Review

    Here is the back cover description of the The Perilous Gard: "In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids’ and include human sacrifice."

     My review: The Perilous Gard has the feel of an old fairy tale.  It contains references to King Arthur and the Tam Lin legend, but is very unique as well. It includes the right elements to keep fairy tale lovers satisfied. There are the fairy folk, who are evil. The heroine, Kate, is tempted by the fairy folk, but in the end she does not take the easy way out.  Instead, Kate stays true to herself and is rewarded. Good wins out against evil.  The ending ties up with a very satisfying romance where the reader can heave a big happy sigh of contentment. I would heartily recommend this book to young adults and up, as one of the subjects deals with human sacrifice (it never actually happens and there is nothing gruesome; but it still may be too much for young readers). It is a clean read.  I give this book five stars.          

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