I am trying to get into the habit of doing books reviews on here. With the amount of books I read, there is no reason why I can’t do book reviews and I most defiantly can’t say that I haven’t read any books. 🙂
The book I have for you guys today, is called The Sunbird. This is actually the third book in a series and I have not read the first two. Please, stop judging me guys. It is one of those series where the books are stand-alones.
The Sunbird was written by Elizabeth Wein. A wonderful author if you ask me, I have read and enjoy quite a few of her YA books. Code Name Verity being my favorite! 😀 Here is a little bio about the author. (the is a summery of the bio you can find on her website. That one was loooong)
Born in New York City in 1964, Elizabeth moved to England when she was three and started school there. When Elizabeth was six, her family moved to Jamaica for three years. It was in Jamaica that she first started reading, and consequently, first started writing. At the age of seven, she and a friend wrote a “book” called The Hidden Treasure as part of a “mystery series” based on the Hardy Boys!
When her parents separated, Elizabeth and her younger brother and sister ended up back in the USA living in Harrisburg, PA. Inspired by JRR Tolkien, Alan Garner and Ursula K LeGuin, Elizabeth completed an epic fantasy novel, By Sunlight and Starlight, at 14. Elizabeth then discovered King Arthur (through Mary Stewart, TH White and Susan Cooper), and at 15 started work on the characters and storyline which eventually became her first published novel, The Winter Prince.
Her early books for young adults are set in Arthurian Britain and sixth century Ethiopia, including the sequence The Mark of Solomon, published in two parts as The Lion Hunter (2007) and The Empty Kingdom (2008). The Lion Hunter was short-listed for the Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction in 2008.
Achieving her private pilot’s licence nspired Elizabeth to take her more recent novels in a new direction. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire are set in World War II and focus on the role of female pilots during the war. Black Dove, White Raven continues the aviation theme but moves the action back to Ethiopia, this time during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire received widespread critical acclaim, with Code Name Verity becoming a New York Times Bestseller in young adult fiction.
The Sunbird is book three of The Lion Hunter.
Telemakos is the grandson of two noble men: Kidane, member of the parliament in the African kingdom of Aksum, and Artos, the fallen High King of Britain. Telemakos is also an exceptional listener and tracker, resolute and inventive in his ability to discover and retain information. Now his aunt Goewin, the British ambassador to Aksum, needs his skill. Plague has come to Britain, and threatens Aksum. Disguised, Telemakos must travel to the city of Afar where saltthe currency of sixth century Africais mined, and discover the traitor who has ignored the emperor’s command, spreading plague with the salt from port to port. This challenge will take all of Telemakos’s skill, strength, and couragebecause otherwise it will cost him his life.
What I like about it:
- It is about a boy who is a ‘spy’. Who doesn’t like reading about a ‘spy’, especially one who doesn’t have special gadgets. I will be honest, sometimes I get tired of the whole gadget thing. He just using his own intelligence and his ears to find out the things he needs to find out. Plus! He had a great sense of smell and he can tell who a person is based on their smell.
- His Aunt, Goewin, is awesome! She is kind and caring but she doesn’t like smother him in hugs and candy. She treats him like a capable person and not just a little kid.
- He respects those in authority over him. Have I every mention how annoying it is to read about kids who are disrespectful to the people older than them.
- He is kind to those around them, even if they are just servants and he is a prince.
- This is a Arthur retailing. A unique one at that.
What I don’t like about it:
- It wasn’t longer. *pouts*
Really I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about it. It was really good and I enjoyed it.
So go read it!!! Start with the first one in the series if you must, but eventually read this book!!! 😀 (And then once you get a chance read Code Name Verity (I am going to have to share a review about this book aren’t I?))