Poppy, St Helen and St Katharine
Samkad is a boy desperate to prove himself and become a man.
Luki is Samkad’s friend also wanting to prove herself but that is not possible as she is a girl.
Samkad is about to become a man when something terrible happens and he is replaced. His father has gone to find his long-lost brother. Now it’s up to him to find a way to prove himself to the elders that he is ready. But as the threat of war looms ever closer and the arrival of the strange Americans with their guns, blue uniforms and horses seem to be tearing apart any chance of Samkad becoming a man.
But when his friend is murdered, he vows revenge except time is running out. How long will it take before he realizes the danger is not in the forest but in the village and will he get there in time to save everyone?
This is a beautifully written book about pride, family and discovering who you true friends (and enemies) are. This is quite a short book but has a brilliant storyline. The author explains things well all the way throughout the book and right at the end. The characters have their own individual thoughts and feelings and their characteristics change gradually as the story develops. Samkad acts as you would expect him to with a strong desire to protect his village and Luki who silently questions the rules for girls in the village. You would expect the mood to be mysterious from the title and cover on the front but the mood is not that spooky. It is more of a sense of unease throughout the book. They don’t keep much from you and you seemed to know what was going to happen before it did! I though this book was really good and I loved reading it!
Posted on: 29th March 2019 at 08:43 am
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