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I came across T Kingfisher's name in a twitter spat about who is the best author to read after Terry Pratchett's sad death means no more Discworld *sob*. KJ Charles (who is also great) weighed in with the opinion that it was T Kingfisher and only T Kingfisher. On that recommendation I bought this book and I wasn't disappointed. I think it compares well to the Tiffany Aching books.
As some others have said there is some debate if it was a child's book or not. I personally would happily give it to a 10+ child. Even though there were incidents of terrible violence, it was violence with consequences. In fact every action Oliver and the other characters take in this book has consequences. So in a world where 10+ have probably hacked their parental controls and are playing Grand Theft Auto (or whatever the kids are playing these days) on the sly, I think this book deals with violence in a healthy way.
Ursula Vernon does it again. Charming, creepy and hilarious in equal measure. And the latest in her long line of cute animal companions. Is it a kids book? I loved it and I'm in my 60's. I would have loved it when I was 12 as well. There's nothing any worse than the stuff in Harry Potter, and it's a lot funnier (and shorter).
When the drought makes the villagers desperate a twelve year old is sent on a dangerous journey to bring back the rain. With his small and sarcastic familiar he finds out how powerful minor spells can be.
This is an absolute little gem of a book! As the author says, it is a children's story, but one which can definitely be enjoyed by adults. Oliver is a disarmingly modest and courageous hero, and the armadillo a whimsical but utterly believable sidekick! I really, really loved reading this, and feel that I am not overstating the case when I say that it could, in time, become a children's classic!
I really enjoyed this book, a wonderful but of escapism and very amusing. I enjoy T. Kingfisher very much and have read nearly all her books, I have four daughters and very little time so I hate wasting quality reading time on bad books, you will never go wrong with T Kingfisher. Well worth your time and money.
This book is probably aimed at a younger audience, but I loved it. I'm old enough to have a daughter in her 20's, she and I both enjoyed the book. The armadillo is a real star, the hero is believable, not perfect, but determined to do what he thinks is the right thing to do. I don't want to say too much and spoil the book for others, but I do recommend it very highly.