Friday, August 19, 2011
Three beautiful books set in the same fantasy world that weave stories of magic and hope. The first is The Safe Keepers Secret about a Safe Keeper (one who hears secrets and keeps their confidence) who is about to give birth. On the night she goes into labor, a stranger arrives and hands over another baby born that night to parents unknown. He whispers the secret of the child's parentage to another Safe Keeper and is found dead the next day so no one else can uncover the secret It is rumoured the baby could be of Royal birth, but without a Truth Teller who can say. Fiona and Reed both grow older with Fiona trying to follow her mothers footsteps and become a Safe Keeper and Reed not quite finding his place.
The Truth-Tellers Tale follows mirror twins Eleda and Adele, one a Truth-Teller (who always knows the truth and can never lie) and the other a Safe Keeper respectively. Eleda tells their story and the consequences of what happens when the local townsfolk and visitors mistake them for each other. For two very different girls, they are surprisingly close. Truth-Tellers often have trouble making friends as not many always seek to know the truth always so it's good that they always have each other.
The final book is The Dream-Makers Magic. In all the land there is only ever one Dream Maker. Their life is filled with misery and pain while they bring the fulfilment of dreams to those around them. It is a fickle power as the Dream Maker cannot chose which dreams to grant however. Here we meet Kellan, a girl brought up as a boy when her mother is convinced that's how she was born. She enters school and meets Gryffin, a crippled boy with a strong will and personality. They quickly become friends and their lives intertwine with each others until a Dream Maker changes everything.
I became quickly absorbed in each set of stories quickly and really felt I knew the chatacers by the end of each book. All three were excellent, but I think I enjoyed The Dream-Makers Magic a touch more than the other two. It left me with such a feeling of hope and joy by the end. Although each set of characters faces hardships in all three books, the message of strength and determination prevails.
These books are classified as YA fantasy, but they seem to me to be more like Alice Hoffman's magical reality as they are much more about people and relationships than anything fantastical. They would appeal to anyone who loves character driven stories and can be read in any order, please don't be put off if you don't normally read YA fantasy. I'm not sure who recommended these, but thank you whoever it was. If the rest of Shinn's books are as good as these I will be reading all of them!
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