Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Book Review: Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher

Shadow Spinneris a story about Marjan, a young crippled girl who becomes entangled in intrigues in the Sultan's palace when Shahrazad needs another story. Each night Shahrazad tells the Sultan part of a story and each morning, he lets her live to finish the tale. Her situation becomes precarious when she begins to run short on stories. Marjan, a storyteller herself, brings a new story to Shahrazad, but they discover she only knows a part of it. They must embark on the dangerous task of unraveling the rest of the story.

Shadow Spinner (A Jean Karl Book)

Though perhaps not the best-written book I've read, this story was pretty interesting and I enjoyed Marjan's development. Her past is slowly revealed, almost as a side story, but I love how she recognizes what she needs to do and finally manages to do it. It has a good moral. I think the very best part of the book, however, was the "Lessons for Life and Storytelling" at the beginning of each chapter. These were by far the most interesting and fun parts.

s-factor: none

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->

Some scary things.

Overall rating: ***

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