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The Castle Behind Thorns

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Delightful, gentle fantasy stresses power of forgiveness.

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THE CASTLE BEHIND THORNS is an enchanting fairy tale parents will enjoy reading aloud as much as kids will enjoy reading on their own. Its pace is gentler and quieter than the excitement in author Merrie Haskell's Handbook for Dragon Slayers. It's less about adventure and more about learning, growing, and the power of forgiveness. Suspense is created early on and sustained at a consistent level that keeps the story engrossing without over-the-top action.

Stellar language such as "furniture slumped like beasts fallen to the hunt"; the mysterious and poetic recollections of Perrotte's dream-like afterlife; and themes of family, memory, and forgiveness will make multiple readings a rich, rewarding experience.

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