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Lalani of the Distant Sea Paperback – 30 November 2019
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- Publisher : Piccadilly Press (30 November 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1848129122
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848129122
- Reading age : 9 - 11 years
- Item Weight : 300 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.2 x 19.6 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I felt that the writing was good and interesting - and the book was very well-designed with some special chapters that had their own illustrations - but as I didn't have the correct expectations, it was a disappointment.
Lalani Sarita lives on the island of Sanlagita, an oppressive place ruled by a vindictive mountain. Everyone is given a job and knows their place. But, a drought threatens the villagers, and Lalani's mother is stricken with mender's disease, an often fatal illness. Hope just might lie to the north on Mount Isa, a paradise of good fortune. Lalani knows she is nothing special, that she is the least likely person to accomplish a life-changing task. However, when a rash wish causes the villagers to blame her for their hardships, Lalani must find a way to help. A perilous quest ensues in which many unusual creatures are met and much adventure occurs.
This story is difficult to effectively describe. While it is clothed as a simple fairy tale, Lalani of the Distant Sea is so much more: a story of the importance of kindness, the need for courage and a journey of self-discovery. I especially love how the ordinary characters must find the courage to take a stand. Hetsbi, one of Lalani's friends, is one of my favorite characters, and I loved the chapters that explored events from his perspective. Practical Veyda, Hetsbi's sister, is also a wonderful character. In love how she nmakes medicine and is determined to help people in her village.
The novel has many complex events, and plot threads eventually culminate in an exquisite tapestry. If you are a bit confused by the many creatures and events, please be patient. All will become plain if you continue the journey.
Lalani of the Distant Sea is a must-read and an unforgettable experience. I loved all the vivid creatures, particularly the Weeping Loset, the Whenbo and the Bai. The author's imagination is amazing, and the creatures spring to life. The world seems so real, and you will be immersed in its savage and oddly hopeful embrace. Enter a world of peril where things are never what they seem. Thoroughly recommended. God bless you all.
It was a joy to read a book filled with mythology, adventures and lessons, it would be better if there’s more illustrations :)