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. Volume XIII Number 2 . . . .September 15, 2006
Bronding’s Honour is the second book by Ann Ewan, a medievalist and linguist specializing in Old English, Latin and Irish Gaelic. Set in a pseudo-medieval world, Bronding’s Honour is a fast-paced fantasy adventure. When Dayraven witnesses the assassination of Sigurd, the clan’s protector, her quiet life as the Bronding clan’s healer is over. She is magically chosen to be the next Honour, the name that the Bronding people call their protector. No woman has ever been the Bronding’s Honour. Dayraven disguises herself as a boy and sets out to revenge the death of Sigurd. Soon, she discovers that Sigurd is not dead after all, and the man holding him prisoner is a powerful and evil wizard, Alcuin, who is feared by all the clans. Will the young woman be able to defeat Alcuin and his dark forces? And can Dayraven resolve her internal battle between being a healer and a killer? Ewan does a marvelous job bringing her characters to life, including her secondary characters. She also weaves an exciting plot, logical in all its twists and turns, with snappy descriptions. Unfortunately, the book suffers from a poorly illustrated cover and unsuccessful use of medieval language. The words of the characters do not quite ring true. The dialogue reads like modern English except with the “you” and “your” replaced with “thee” and “thy”. This is surprising since Ewan specializes in linguistics. Other than these two minor criticisms, the book is a worthwhile read. I expect it will be well liked by readers of high fantasy teen novels. Fans can look forward to a continuation of the adventures of Dayraven, since Ewan plans to turn the novel into a series.
Kallie George is currently completing her Master’s of Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
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