Books by Ellen Jensen Abbott

THE CENTAUR'S DAUGHTER by Ellen Jensen Abbott
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Nonetheless, readers who don't mind being bludgeoned with 'Tolerance GOOD! Prejudice BAD!' should find this a diverting-enough adventure. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Heavy-handed moralizing weighs down a generic but competent coming-of-age fantasy. Read full book review >
WATERSMEET by Ellen Jensen Abbott
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2009

Message trumps storytelling in this earnest fantasy quest. Abisinia's dark coloring has incited 14 years of persecution from her fanatically xenophobic people. When a new leader inflames the Vranians to slaughter their Outcasts, Abisinia barely escapes to seek the father she never knew. Her search leads her to ally reluctantly with a dwarf, escape murderous centaurs and discover nascent supernatural powers. She will encounter her greatest challenge, however, at the legendary town of Watersmeet: overcoming her own prejudice and anger. Tolerance is a noble theme, evoked here through scenes of grim horror and homely charm, but worthy didacticism cannot substitute for coherent narrative, credible world-building or nuanced characterization. Assorted magical beings and myths are tossed together in a fantastic mishmash, without any apparent system. The Vranians are so appalling in their vicious religious fervor, the folk of Watersmeet so unfailingly gracious and wise, it's hard to imagine any worthwhile destiny bridging both cultures. Abisinia hardly seems up to the responsibility; self-centered, judgmental and clingy, her prophesied role seems based more on genetics than any inherent strength of character. Well-meaning but deeply flawed. (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >