Urchin And The Heartstone (The Mistmantle Chronicles)

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ISBN : 9780786854882
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Urchin and the Heartstone (The Mistmantle Chronicles)

Urchin and the Heartstone (The Mistmantle Chronicles)

Product DescriptionWhen evil interrupts the coronation of Crispin, the squirrel, on the isle of Mistmantle, Urchin, guided by the Heartstone, must embark on a perilous journey to a hostile island where he, while battling against mad King Silverbirch and his sorcerer, makes a startling discovery about his own past.From School Library JournalGrade 4-7-In this sequel toUrchin of the Riding Stars (Hyperion, 2005), Mistmantle's animal inhabitants are preparing for the coronation of Crispin the squirrel. All does not go smoothly, and Urchin, a Companion to the King, is kidnapped and taken to the island of Whitewings, where he is imprisoned by a silver-obsessed dictator. As is always the case in books of this genre, good is victorious in the end. Readers leave the animals to their happy lives, though presumably there will be some new disaster presented in another installment. While predictable, this is an engaging read with appealing characters and lots of action. Rayyan's whimsical illustrations at the beginning of each chapter are quite effective. Unfortunately, the artist repeatedly represents a character that was meant to be a hedgehog as a mole. This is a minor criticism, but it is an inconsistency that fans of this genre are likely to notice. The similarities to Brian Jacques' Redwall series (Philomel) are obvious. It is interesting to note that McAllister avoids the implication that some animals are just born bad by having the evil characters come from the same species as the good ones. The author also uses a slightly smaller cast of characters and steers away from the use of any potentially confusing dialect, which makes this series approachable for readers who may not be quite ready for the Redwall books.-Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OHCopyright

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