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- Print Length: 416 pages
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- Publisher: Story Warren Books (March 31, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B084JK3RH4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I would really recommend reading this series of books.
I will say that he does share some of Tolkien's writing, not necessarily the long, beautiful prosey bit, but instead a whole lot of the plot. I had just been on "The Lord of the Rings" and was reading this because I had read the previous books, and saw many suspicious character resemblances, such as the Pilgrim, to Gandalf/Strider. Gandalf, by the way, is known as "The gray wanderer" makes me wonder... Throughout the entire book I am sitting there, seeing repeated Tolkien copies, for instance how repeatedly he does Tolkien's "death thing." I almost expected Smalls to say "I was Smalls the Gray, now I am Smalls the White! Take that Saruman!"
Now that I have said that, the book is written well, minus a few more annoying plot holes, for example, study ecology for two minutes, thinking "Mending" the whole time. Ok, now that you've done that, think of giving all of the primary consumers eternal life, and think of the multiplying like weeds, after killing off almost all predators (we are talking about RABBITS here...) Sounds more like an Ending, than a Mending.
The bad guys seemed like perfect Nazis, using slogans that Hitler himself did, or would have if he had lived longer. Again, I'm not sure why any major predators would decide that committing a genocide, and then starving to death would be a good idea. The bag guys could have used a bit more humanization, then at least it would be more believable that the crazy intelligent rabbits are having trouble with a large group of hulking wolves. (Talking like a caveman doesn't denote intelligence.) Because, in reality, wolves are much more intelligent than rabbits, and use it to their advantage.
I felt like some points of the story were last minute thoughts, like the "D"s. (Trying not to spoil it!) And it seemed like the rabbits spent more time fighting among themselves than fighting their pittifully dumb, kamikaze style enemy. And the book got kinda gory near the end, so... Not for five year olds, we'll just put it at that. Can anyone explain how they can fly fore miles on GLIDERS? The Wrights got maybe two hundred feet.
The book itself has a decent plotline, although a used one. Makes me wonder why we always side with the hunted instead of the hunter, when we are more often the latter... Maybe because we want a change of perspective? Well, anyway, he had a lot of action, a couple cases of humor, although this is a rather serious book, and enough suspense to keep me reading, even though characters frequently die, then come back, then die again, and come back, and then die, like a crazy rocking horse of doom.
If you are reading to children, make sure they can handle twenty cases of people losing their arms, heads, and lives. If you don't like books where important characters die, this isn't for you.
This book has abundant plot twists and cliffhangers that will keep you, and perhaps your children, reading, or begging you to read. The story is completely full of little mysteries that should have been introduced earlier on, and a couple odd bits from the first book have been tied together, so, if you like rabbits with swords, fantasy, and want to share some of "The Lord of the Rings" with your children, read on!
In the third, and fourth book especially, we read about mass child sacrifices. Cruel torture and using hot irons to brand rabbits — just because they enjoy inflicting pain. There is detailed, gruesome descriptions of hot metal claws attached to gloves hands as a cruel weapon in order to sear bound victims. Limbs are cut off, eyes are stabbed through, rabbits are intentionally maimed, faces and eyes burned, and stories of wicked torture and sociopathic tendencies are explored. Much of this adds no value to the story other than “wow, these hawks/rabbits are truly evil.”
The author compels in the first book with a wonderful story that seems to intentionally be “safe” and age appropriate in its wordplay, and then goes out of his way in the last book to express evil and describe torture for torture’s sake.
While S.D. Smith is a talented author, I am beyond disappointed in how he wrote the last two books (the fourth being the worst).