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Sunday, June 6, 2010

The River King's Road by Liane Merciel (3 reviews)

Danielle,    15   
Liane Merciel   
The River King Road   
Gallery Books    2010

          The River Kings Road is a story that switches between perspectives. It tells the intertwining stories of a wandering mercenry, a ugly peasant girl, a noble Sun Knight and his companion, a mainmed witch and her puppet, and a young lord whose ambitions create dark violence. In a world where magic is light and dark and power is everything people will always fight. As a village is murdured and only one child surviving, a dark witch practices blood magic in the forest. Will the Sun Knight be able to stop her or will his companion's feelings for him be the end.   It was a good book. I loved the slight romance and the fantasy.       

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Angelo,    14  
Merciel  
The River Kings' Road  
Gallery Books    2010

       Wonderful Job and hopefully we will see more of the Itheales chronicles.     I find this book very intresting the characters do each have some alterier motive. This makes the plot very entertwined. I didn't finish to the end but I got really close. The only addition that I can tell this needs is action. Their isn't enough raw action. Otherwise I congragulate Merciel for a job well done.   

Rating:5 Hard to imagine a better book

6/2/2010

Trisha, 17
Liane Merciel
The River King's Road
2010

Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? No

Annotation: Complex, well-woven plots are exceedingly fun to read, but while The River King's Road is certainly complex, I can't say that it is well-woven. The characters are compelling, and the plot is intriguing, but the book fails to present good clarity. It started well, but I quickly became more and more confused. The political situation is never explained fully, and the web of lies the characters build their happiness and security on is muddled by switches in point of view. Were The River King's Road to be trimmed and streamlined, it could be an incredible novel, but until then, I doubt that many readers will forge their way through it.

Rating? 2 Needs work

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