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Gruesome torture and sociopathic behaviors... parents beware!
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2020
This series started with adventure and despair, but with impressive wordplay to intentionally not be graphic in describing the violence that comes with rabbits and wolves sword fighting; phrases like “the wolf fell, never to rise again.” Or, “his arrow found its mark and the preylord fell from the sky.”
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).