"You know, Tamwyn, you have your own inner flames, though they cannot be seen. And the most powerful fires reside in the soul." And what a magnificent creation Mr. Barron has brought forth through his own powerful flames! This book--the third in The Great Tree of Avalon trilogy--is incredible.
The sense of place, the sensory experience, the images, the lovable characters, the quest for goodness and the reverence for nature are all superb. And I love how he gives female characters such strength and resourcefulness. As for his imagination...I don't know how to convey the awe I feel for his imagination. It seems beyond humanly possible. He makes the reader want to stretch her own imagination. Finally, I fell in love with Avalon's amazing characters--they were so courageous and genuine. I sobbed when Batty Lad revealed his true identity and cried when the stars sent their sparks to the new point of radiance. "Stars all across the sky joined in each sending a tiny bit of their light." That's how all of us who read and imagine want our world to be!
978-0142419298 400 pages Ages 9 and up
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