A simple "H" carved in a tree let Rye know that her father was alive - and somewhere in the Beyond the Shale. An unexpected visit by Leatherleaf, a Bog Noblin, not only leads her to Gray (whom she calls Harmless) but saved him after he was left for dead in the bog. While recovering from his injuries, Harmless asks Rye to issue the Call for a Reckoning. He must stop Slinister and the division he has created among the Luck Uglies. Despite rising floodwaters in Drowning, the River Wyvern, and marauding Fork-Tongue Charmers and Bog Noblins, Rye (with the help of her friends) is able to issue the Call. As the competition for High Chieftain of the Luck Uglies gets underway, Rye realizes there is only one way to save Drowning from the monsters. Can she take the risk? Will she be driven from the place she calls home for good?
BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
This book is the best of the three and is more action fantasy than the others! It is action-packed and thrilling. The final battle tests all the characters’ emotions and decisions and illustrates how conflicts are not all black and white. The Luck Uglies are as heroic as always, but their actions raise good points about true heroism, and if they are really all they are thought to be. Rye falls victim to this too, as she is forced to make a horrific decision about saving people or saving Village Drowning.
The climax is very well developed and does not feel out of place like the other books. The development up to the point where Rye has to make this very difficult choice feels emotionally satisfying and the emotional ending sticks right. All in all, these books were awesome and a fantasy dream. These books are definitely worth a read!
I started reading this trilogy at Book 2 (The Fork-Tongue Charmers). This book picks up right where that left off, so although I will go back to read The Luck Uglies, I didn't feel lost in the slightest. The pacing is fast and furious, with twists, turns, and mystery coming at you nearly at every turn. Put that together with the watching-a-movie- quality of the writing and it is nearly impossible to walk away from the bok once you've started. There are many fantasies I've read where you can skim through or jump ahead. Not this one. You want to savor every detail.
Highly recommended as a family read-aloud. There is some violence, but nothing so detailed that you couldn't read it with a third grader. This is quite tame compared to the violence in the later Harry Potter books and movies.
Readers will be turning page after page and finding it hard to tear themselves away as they learn the fate of the Luck Uglies, Slinister, and the Village Drowning.
This is the third book in a fantasy trilogy with a little magic and lots of adventure.
This is a series to share just for fun reading.
11 and Up
10 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer’s Age: 14
Borrow, at least. If you have a reader that likes Robin-Hood type adventures, this is a buy.