THE VALLEY OF THE WOLVES by Laura Gallego Garcia

THE VALLEY OF THE WOLVES

Age Range: 9 - 12
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Beautiful elves, loyal dwarves, secret unicorns and vengeful ghosts pepper this colorful but hollow coming-of-age fairytale. Dana is born on a dark and stormy night, when fierce winds pelt her tiny farmhouse, and the midwife sees sparks in her sapphire eyes. She grows up with only one friend, Kai, whom no one else can see—except a mysterious stranger, who arrives in Dana’s drought-plagued village and buys her from her loving parents. Dana becomes a magician’s apprentice in a remote tower surrounded by vicious wolves. Ambitious, Dana absorbs herself in her education, spending less and less time with Kai. If their friendship suffers a little, isn’t that a fair price to pay for gaining a magician’s golden tunic? Dana’s coming-of-age quest is somewhat intriguing, but she herself is unfortunately flat. Like the similarly stock characters who people this world, she is a collection of traits rather than a character: born with power; budding sexuality; forced to choose between loyalty and ambition. Nonetheless, though shallow as a novel, Dana’s story makes a sweet fairytale. (Fantasy. 9-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-439-58553-8
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2006




MORE BY MARGARET SAYERS PEDEN

ChildrenKINGDOM OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON by Isabel Allende
by Isabel Allende
ChildrenCITY OF THE BEASTS by Isabel Allende
by Isabel Allende