Update from my earlier post in March. My electronic Kindle version of George R.R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons was delivered automatically to my Kindle device today and I’ll start reading it tonight.
The Kindle ebook version as of July 12, 2011 is being sold on Amazon for $14.99 (the print version is currently $18.81) and is, of course, delivered immediately and readable on multiple devices including PCs, Macs, Android devices, iPhone/iPad devices, and Windows Phone 7.
I’m planning to take Thursday and Friday as vacation days to get a good start on the book!
The Golden Acorn is a juvenile fantasy book. In it, Jack Brenin discovers that he is part of a prophesy as the chosen one to save the magical creatures from Annwn that exist in our world: nymphs, hamadryads, dragons, among others. Jack is tested to confirm that he is the one that has been awaited; if he fails, the souls of the trees will be lost forever.
The story started out a bit slow and I thought that the writing was a bit stilted. But the further I moved into the story, the writing appeared to get better, albeit with much less depth than Harry Potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, etc.
Because it is a juvenile, the main character took the news about his new role, the existence of these fairy creatures, and talking animals and trees too much in stride. Cooper did show, however, Jack’s nervousness about whether he would demonstrate the full commitment to the ritual; without wholehearted desire, the rite would fail.
The quest consists of finding several lost pieces of a cauldron which will open the gates to Annwn. These plates were lost during the Roman occupation of England and Jack must travel to the past to discover where they were secreted. Unfortunately the denouement seemed almost a bit too easy and fairly late in the narrative. Cooper didn’t quite summon enough danger. I was also surprised that Jack never considered contacting some of the long-lived characters who lived in that time to assist in the recovery.
In particular, the character of the Druid boy-turned-crow was very likable. Although mischievous, often stretching the truth, and grouchy, he is true of heart and loyal.
A sequel, Glasruhen Gate, is set up nicely. Overall, a very nice enjoyable read that works for both adults and young alike.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars (finished July 4, 2011)
Currently reading: The Dolphins of Pern by Anne McCaffrey & The Hot Gate by John Ringo.