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Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Dael and the Painted People by Allan Richard Shickman

Summary: When Dael, guilty and tormented, came to live with the painted people, he longed for peace and restoration; but without knowing it he made a powerful enemy.

A story of conflict, healing, hate, and love.

Review: I absolutely loved this book. Dael was a much better character to read and I was excited to see him deal with his past so he could get on with life. I could actually relate to him better in this book too. For example:

"Dael-Gah!" the victor thought to himself, remembering his twin brother's name of honor. But Zan-Gah had confronted a lion, Dael reflected. This was only a large pig.

I know what it's like to live in the shadow of a sibling. When I read that, all I wanted was to hug poor Dael. I adored Sparrow as well. I don't think I gave her a fair shot in the second book, but she was wonderful in this one. Koli was a nice, new character and I wonder if he will play a bigger part in future books.

I liked the story far more this time than in either of the other 2 books. I think it does a great job of showing that everyone can be healed of their past, and different environments can affect our growth as people. The part towards the end where Lissa-Na appeared to Dael in a dream was touching. The only thing that seemed out of place to me was this little piece in italics. It was like there was a different person talking and it never appears again. That didn't bother me too much though so I let it slide.

5 howls