Wednesday, March 07, 2012
The Promise by Monica Hughes
The Promise is the sequel to Monica Hughes's Sandwriter, and I enjoyed it as much as its predecessor, and for all of the same reasons. This is mostly due to Hughes' technique: The Promise is developed through narrative, which makes it read almost like a fairy tale. Though it has few characters to carry the plot, it's a dynamic story. Rania is at the centre, with Sandwriter, her mysterious mentor, and Atbin, the wholesome village man, to either side. They pull Rania in different directions, and readers will enjoy seeing Rania struggle with their influences and her own misgivings.
I found The Promise to be less didactic than Sandwriter, because it doesn't have a message so much as a number of observations: you can't taste the sweet without the bitter, anything worth having is worth working for, nothing in life is free, and so on.
I recommend The Promise to fairy tale lovers and discerning YA readers.
Copy source: library
Genre: young adult fantasy
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