Peter Dickinson: Tears of the Salamander

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Posted by Sulkyblue (21st Apr 2005, 12:43)

I was seduced into reading this book by a pretty cover, a reduced sticker and needing a fast read. It's one of a great number of fantasy books for kids that twists some of the classic ideas of children's stories around and uses them in fantasy. The slightly disturbing trend in writers to kill off families to leave a child who has to take care of his own future is used again here and includes the classic evil "step-mother" trick, here in the form of an uncle. Throw in a mystical destiny and you've got yourself a moderately entertaining read which manages to avoid drifting too far into pretensious waffle and even manages an entertaining twist at the end. Don't know what kids would think of it, but this 26 year old found it quite enjoyable and definately more relaxing read then some of the rest of my reading list recently.

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