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By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark ages adventure a draw even for history-phobic teens.

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Detailed research and beautiful writing results in a book that submerges readers in another world and time, dangerous, romantic, and thrilling.
Universal aspects of growing up, rebellion, and tradition infused with details of everyday life intertwine in an epic tale of life in the dark ages. The range of tribes and peoples across what we now know as Great Britain can be confusing at times, but a fast pace and surprising plot twists carry the story.

The idea of Christianity as a new way of life, replacing old gods and winning converts by force, is compellingly told. Readers will root for Essa. He is an Everyman who embodies a noble spirit and his story is unforgettable. Teens will enjoy this as an epic adventure even if they normally won't touch historic fiction. Historical notes included at the end.

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