Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell

A magical adventure set in an enchanted castle that is sure to appeal to fans of Gail Carson Levine, Karen Cushman, and Shannon Hale
When Sand wakes up alone in a long-abandoned castle, he has no idea how he got there. The stories all said the place was ruined by an earthquake, and Sand did not expect to find everything inside-from dishes to candles to apples-torn in half or slashed to bits. Nothing lives here and nothing grows, except the vicious, thorny bramble that prevents Sand from leaving. Why wasn't this in the stories?
To survive, Sand does what he knows best-he fires up the castle's forge to mend what he needs to live. But the things he fixes work somehow better than they ought to. Is there magic in the mending, granted by the saints who once guarded this place?
Unexpectedly, Sand finds the lost heir, Perrotte, a girl who shares the castle's astonishing secrets and dark history. Putting together the pieces-of stone and iron, and of a broken life-is harder than Sand ever imagined, but it's the only way to gain their freedom, even with the help of the guardian saints.

With gorgeous language and breathtaking magic, Merrie Haskell's The Castle Behind Thorns tells of the power of memory and story, forgiveness and strength, and the true gifts of craft and imagination.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
Number of Pages: 336
Type; Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 13

I loved reading The Castle Behind Thorns; it is truly a magical book. The plot was exceptionally creative and original and kept me engaged from beginning to end; I had not read anything like it before.
Both the story and the main characters are interesting and I grew to care about them a lot. The author did a wonderful job writing a fairytale that does not have a predictable ending. There are many positive morals and positive messages woven through this story as well. I highly recommend this book for boys and girls ages 8-13. Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books for this uplifting book! 

This book is on shelves now! 
Buy Hardcover | $16.99

Happy reading!
Lily, age 13

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