Top positive review
Loved it! Henty is a great historian and storyteller.
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2017
This is my tenth G.A Henty novel I have read. Like the rest, I greatly enjoyed it and found it both informative, historically accurate, and entertaining. Nearly all of Henty's works that I have read have the same themes. A boy grows up into a man and somewhere on the way meets a girl and they end up getting married at the end- happily ever after. The stories are predictable because this is the standard theme. It was the same with this book also. However, I still just love Henty's work. They are such a great way to learn history and enjoy a story at the same time. Probably the one that I enjoyed the best was "The Young Carthaginian" which I found to have some fantastic plot twists and amazing escapes that I found to be quite ingenious.
Each book has a different history set and therefore the stories and escapes do vary in accordance with the time and place. But Henty never disappoints and you don't know what is going to happen. Only the general pattern. I like the happy endings and the inspiration of a boy becoming a man performing valiant deeds. These books are great for youth and teens that parents would like to have such values as honesty, kindness, bravery, hard work, and courage instilled. I was sad when this book ended and enjoyed thinking about the characters as if they were real. If you want to fall into a realistic, but historic fictional story Henty is a great pick!