I’m following a trail of Rowan of Rin books about the house and reading them after Mr Eleven has finished them. I think he is on the last book in the series, number 5, but left it at school over the school holidays.
This is something different for him as he hasn’t really been interested in fantasy so far. Me? I’m a big fantasy fan!
So starting with the first line – One morning the people of Rin woke to find that the stream that flowed down the Mountain and through their village had slowed to a trickle.
Interesting but not very exciting. However it was interesting enough for Mr Eleven to read on evidently.
I think the well developed characters and simple plot keep the book easy to read with just enough ‘I wonder who will fail next’.
She (Sheba) hunched her shoulders and stared at Rowan. In the firelight her eyes looked red. Her forehead was bound with a purple rag, and her hair hung like thin grey tails around her face. She smelt of ash and dust, old cloth and bitter herbs.
I think the reader will guess that Rowan will end up saving the day but we want to go along on the journey with him to see how the boy that is scared of his own shadow, will manage it.
Suddenly he realised something. Something no one else seemed to have thought of. He must speak. Nervously he rose to his feet. The villagers stared curiously at him. What could the boy Rowan, the shy, timid herder of the bukshah, have to say?
I think this is a mini version of an epic fantasy, all done and dusted in 138 pages. Once the story gets started there is a problem in each chapter which is resolved and moves the reader closer to the resolution of the overall problem. It is the perfect introduction for children ready to move onto this next level of chapter book.