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White Jenna: Book Two of the Great Alta Saga Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 2004
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Book Two of the Great Alta Saga
Jenna was the White Queen.
Skada was the Dark Queen. She is bound to Jenna—the other half of Jenna’s self. Drawn out of a mirror by a rite of magic, a “dark sister” is confined to the dark. She vanishes in daylight. It is in this other world the dark sisters wait for moonlight or lamplight to call them forth again.
This is their story: of myths turned real, ordinary people turned heroes, a land turned inside out by the coming of White Jenna.
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“A strong book that will expand the horizons of its readers.” —Library Journal
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- Publisher : Tor Teen; Reissue edition (January 5, 2004)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765343584
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765343581
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Lexile measure : 770L
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.69 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,197,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sister Light, Sister Dark: Book One of the Great Alta Saga [
[ASIN:031286258X The Books of Great Alta: Comprising 'Sister Light, Sister Dark' and 'White Jenna']]
It's a shame, though, that the story itself isn't quite as mesmerizing as the theme behind it. The large role promised to Skada on the bookflap is never actually given; rather than sister, Dark Queen, and equal, she seems more like Jenna's convenient and helpful servant, showing up only in times of trouble. Large spans of time are skipped over; the fast-forwarding through the rest of Jenna's life was particularly irritating. Most of the characters either weren't developed as fully as they could have been or seemed like clones of earlier ones--there was remarkably little difference between Pynt and Petra, given that the latter originally seemed much more serious-minded. And despite what I said earlier about the main charm of the book being its comparison of history and truth, myth and reality, Jenna really did seem to accomplish amazingly little for a woman whose coming has been foretold for centuries and who was supposed to be a Goddess's good right hand.
Still, it's not at all a bad book. People who enjoyed the first in the series should likewise enjoy this one, for even with all its flaws, Jenna is as intriguing a heroine as ever, Carum as winsome, and Skada as entertaining. I probably wouldn't advise anyone to read this unless they've already read _Sister Light, Sister Dark_, though; whoever tries to do so is likely to end up very confused.
Young teenage Jenna--reluctant to consider herself the Anna of legend--undertakes a quest to warn her sisters in some 17 Hames about the rampages of the scourge of the Dales--perpetrated by brutal soldiers of the usurper. She is joined by a very young priestess named Petra, a middle-aged mentor Sister, Catrona, and ultimately by 3 youths who will become heralds of the true king. Who will emerge at the final coronation: the vicious Toad or one of the 2 rightful heirs?
Can a mere girl effect the ruin of the Hound, the Boar, the Bull and the Cat by her own, delicate hand? Privately seeking her young prince (from Book I), Jenna dedicates her will and her body to saving her sisters and restoring peace to the land. But why do so many insist that she is the legendary Anna?
Intermingling threads of various hues (myth, legend, "History" and the story itself), the author deftly spins a web of medieval intrigue in a supernatural sphere. The plot gradually tautens around the spindle of fate, to its dramatic denouement--interspersed with folk sayings of the Dalians. Jenna blushes with maidenly modesty at veiled sexual inuendoes, but few secrets escape the twinning knowledge of Skada, her dark sister.
Yolen occasionally inserts sly humor in the form of pseudo-scholarly debates among "Historians". Readers will enter a realm where the heart is quicker than the eye, where reality and fantasy inferface with sylvan grace. For ages 16 and up.