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D into the resourceful young man of this the final Volume In The Felix Brooke Trilogy But Though Its Speedy in the Felix Brooke trilogy but though its speedy perfunctory ending seemed to suggest the way was open for a follow up this was sadly not to be A pity as Felix is an engaging if slightly humourless character and well matched by the prickly Juana the object of his attentionsAs with Bridle
Wind and its predecessor Go Saddle the Sea this is set in early 19th century Spain following the Napoleonic Wars now riven with rival political factions as the author s own Afterword helpfully tells us Felix is persuaded to o on a mission to rescue the kidnapped "children of a nobleman but all is not as it initially seems even "of a nobleman but all is not as it initially seems even enough clues are presented to the honest young man along the way The action ranges from Galicia in the north west across the Basue Country and Pamplona to the lands south of the central Pyrenees thus covering some of the round familiar from Felix s earlier adventures latterly with Juana Joan Aiken captures much of the intrigue that 19th century historical novels are rife with not to mention the jeopardy inherent in climbing precipitous mountains staying in isolated villages and coping with dangerous wild animals such as bears Even for someone like me who is not over familiar with this part of the world or is halting in the language the colour she brings to her setting and plot seem authentic enough and though we know this is fiction it has enough plausibility for the reader to believe it could almost be true And perhaps in a final nod to Jane Austen s Northanger Abbey which Go Saddle the Sea referenced the climax of the tale is set in a ruined castle much as Catherine Morland imagined it What is it really a castle an old castle The oldest in the kingdom But is it like what one reads of Exactly the very same But now really are there towers and long alleries By dozens Familiar from most of Joan Aiken s fiction is the delight a mature reader may arner from all the little period details that could pass by a younger or less experienced reader the flavour of 19th century writing the use of Spanish terms and phrases the references to local history and topography the ordinariness of much of the everyday events which renders the extraordinary when it happens less incredible She also does not avoid the reality of unhappiness and death by shielding the target audience from their existence so be warned some characters you might invest empathy in do not survive In. Their father Along the way he hopes to see his true love Juana who has entered a convent But . ,
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The main character jumps from age thirteen in the preceding book of this "series to eighteen in this so I suppose it should be YA but "to eighteen in this so I suppose it should be YA but earlier books seemed clearly middle rade so I d still so I suppose it should be YA but earlier books seemed clearly middle Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place grade so I d still it middlerade though I think it would appeal to slightly older readers I still love Felix but I loved him as a twelve and thirteen year old than eighteen Oh well children do Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss grow and he needed to be older for this one to end the way it did but I won t spoil it Again Aiken pulls offreat adventure with lots of danger and surprise really enjoyable to read while I was sick But like Saddle the Sea the last page just stops without a feeling of ending Weird last sentence I thought almost like she didn t uite finish the final draft Well some writers are Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, great at beginnings and middles some better at endings Still a delightful read I m so sad that there aren t any books in this series I love Felix and his companions hisrandfather and the beautiful countries that are much of the charm of this series So much adventure and drama and even a touch of sweet romance They just don t publish books like these any but hey at least this series is still in print A fine conclusion to a set of fine adventures I love how Felix consults with God in all his adventures It s so natural and instinctive I think the middle novel was the best in construction and execution but if you read one you have to read them all They are uick reads Loved loved LOVED this historical series by Joan Aiken Highly recommended A Always You good read at any ageI read this trilogy as a teen in the 1990 and over 20 years later it is still aood read I feel as if I was in Spain during that time and am part of the culture Once I started reading I could not stop This final book in the series just didn t do it for me like BRIDLE THE WIND However it s important to note that a 3 star Joan Aiken book still has the power to surprise and to shock This writer is not afraid to o to very dark places but it s still uite appropriate for younger readers There were some excellent musings about the injustices that people suffer in this world I felt that the historical details were mostly meaningless to me and they weighed sections down like lead The character interactions were bland except for Pedro who was always entertaining I felt like you could see the plot twists from far away EXCEPT when Joan pulls the rug out from under you At least twice The resourceful teenager of Bridle the Wind has five years later turne. Now eighteen Felix sets out across the mountains of Spain to rescue three children kidnapped by.