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eBook The Kestrel ePub

by Lloyd Alexander

  • ISBN: 0440943930
  • Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Teens
  • Author: Lloyd Alexander
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (September 1, 1983)
  • ePub book: 1115 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1581 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 963

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There were other good characters It was another good book by Lloyd Alexander, the second chapter in the Westmark trilogy, chronicling the war between Westmark and its neighbour, Regia.

There were other good characters It was another good book by Lloyd Alexander, the second chapter in the Westmark trilogy, chronicling the war between Westmark and its neighbour, Regia. Maybe due to this, it was much darker in tone than any of his other books I have read. There was indeed marked character development - however, much of it was negative.

Always love Lloyd Alexander's books. This is the second in a trilogy that is fascinating

Always love Lloyd Alexander's books. This is the second in a trilogy that is fascinating. The characterization and plot structure are excellent. I had forgotten how grim and brutal The Kestrel was in its depiction of war. Lloyd Alexander sets a tone that is quite different from his earlier novels where the dark passages would always be leavened by humor and whimsey. Not so in The Kestrel where even comic relief like Count Bombas and the waifs Sparrow and Weasel become muted among the grim realities of war.

Lloyd Chudley Alexander (January 30, 1924 – May 17, 2007) was an American author of more than forty books, primarily fantasy novels for children and young adults. His most famous work is The Chronicles of Prydain, a series of five high fantasy novels whose conclusion, The High King, was awarded the 1969 Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. National Book Awards in 1971 and 1982. Alexander was one creator of the children's literary magazine Cricket.

With war in Westmark and the assumption of the throne by Mickle, all Theo's talents are needed, as well as those of his former companions. A trilogy by Lloyd Alexander, the grand master of fantasy! Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 16 years ago. The second book of the Westmark Trilogy, the adventures of Westmark continues in "The Kestrel". Theo is now traveling through Westmark to learn more about the country. He and Mickle, now known as Princess Augusta, are hoping to be married after he returns.

The Kestrel is the second book in the Westmark Trilogy. Theo is traveling through Westmark, learning about the country of which he will soon be prince consort of. He is not suprised to find great poverty; Mickle (now known as Princess Augusta) could have told him about that from her years on the street. His friend Florian could have told him about the aristocracy's graft and corruption. But neither of them could have foreseen a loaded pistol in the practiced hand of the pudgy assassin Skeit

Alexander is best known for his "Prydain Chronicles" which consist of "The Book of Three" in 1964, "The Black Cauldron" in 1965 which was a Newbery Honor Book, as well as an animated motion picture by Disney which appeared in 1985, "The Castle of Llyr" in 1966, "Taran Wanderer" in 1967, a School Library Journal's Best Book of the Year and "The. High King" which won the Newberry Award.

Самая большая электронная читалка рунета. Поиск книг и журналов. Alexander, Lloyd - Westmark 02 - The Kestrel (Alexander Lloyd). 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63. 64 65 66 67 68 69 70. The beggar queen. Spring in the Caria River valley was a matter of opinion. The day had begun gently. By dusk, when Theo reached the little inn at Mull, it was spitting hard, grainy snow.

The second book of Lloyd Alexander's Westmark Trilogy explores the darker side of humanity and will leave you questioning everything. Theo is traveling Westmark, learning about the country of which he will soon be Prince Consort. He is not surprised to find great poverty-Mickle (now known as Princess Augusta) could have told him that from her years on the street. But neither could have foreseen a loaded pistol in the practiced hand of the assassin Skeit.

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The kingdom of Westmark is invaded by neighboring Regia, and Theo, now prince consort, and Mickle, the street urchin turned queen, are forced into battle with badly outnumbered forces

Comments

Beydar Beydar
This novel is very well-written. The action keeps the reader engaged, and perhaps distracts him from the thought-provoking exploration of war, democracy, class struggle and revolution that it frames. The first book of a trilogy is limited by the need for exposition, and the last by the need for conclusion. As such, it is only in the second book that a trilogy can stretch its legs and explore the world into which it ushers the reader, and this book does so with aplomb. Highly recommended.
Arar Arar
Always love Lloyd Alexander's books. This is the second in a trilogy that is fascinating. The characterization and plot structure are excellent.
Tinavio Tinavio
I have enjoyed reading this second book in the Trilogy.
Nilarius Nilarius
great
Landarn Landarn
Not worth reading
Leyl Leyl
I'm reading the Westmark Trilogy thirty years after first reading it and enjoying it just as much the second time. I had forgotten how grim and brutal The Kestrel was in its depiction of war. Lloyd Alexander sets a tone that is quite different from his earlier novels where the dark passages would always be leavened by humor and whimsey. Not so in The Kestrel where even comic relief like Count Bombas and the waifs Sparrow and Weasel become muted among the grim realities of war.

I appreciate that Lloyd Alexander was willing to risk alienating young readers and longtime fans with a work that clearly was personal to him since he had experienced the horrors of war firsthand. I'm looking forward to reading The Beggar Queen, the final book in the series once more.

I highly recommend this series for anyone young person (or adult) who would like to learn about war, governance and politics in the context of an entertaining and involving story.
Bloodhammer Bloodhammer
While written in three books, this is really one story. The story to a country's rebellions and the people on both sides who sacrificed for their beliefs. It's a dark tale. The course of events have many similarities to the French Revolution, and people die - most of the main characters, actually. The author doesn't shy away from the horrors of war, the choices people are forced to make, that not all rebellions are clean and clear, the both sides might be right, that people often choose power and safety over honor and truth, that some sacrifice and some do not. It's a powerful story, one worth reading. But I caution the reader - it's not a happy tale. It doesn't end happy, or how you want it to. It ends how it should, though. It ends real.
This is the second book in the Westmark Trilogy and starts up a short time after the last book left off. It was a solid young adult fantasy; I didn't like it quite as much as the first book but it was still a very well put together fantasy.

Theo is assigned with going exploring around the kingdom and reporting the findings back to the Queen and King. While he is out news comes to him from Florian that one of the kingdom's main generals may be a traitor; right after Theo gets this news he receives news that the king has died...now Mickle is Queen of the realm. Theo sets off to find Mickle but instead gets embroiled in fighting and it is fighting that brings out the more violent side of his nature. Mickle, meanwhile, has other ideas of what a Queen should be doing and takes off to find Theo.

This book switches perspective a lot more than the first book. We hear things from Theo's view, Mickle's view, Kellner's view, the Chief Magistrate's view, Prince Connie's view, and the water-rats' view. All that switching around breaks up the story a little, but for the most part things flow very well.

As in the first book, the plot is very engaging as are the characters. This book is a bit of a tougher read because you have to read carefully to follow the plot and all the people; in that it is typical of most epic fantasies. The style of the writing is very similar to the first book.

There were a couple this about this book that were a bit "off" for me. The first was that there was so much discussion of politics; I personally prefer reading about adventuring versus politics...the politics are well done but there are a lot of them. The second thing was Mickle's character. It bothered me how she spent most of her childhood as a beggar and then she is Queen and suddenly she understands military strategy and is super strong and proficient. I think if I were a younger reader this wouldn't bug me as much; but as an adult I want to know where she learned all these military tactics...I know she is smart, but still.

Outside of the above mentioned quibbles, this was a very well done novel. You definitely need to read the first book first. I would recommend this for young adults and older, it is not that content is inappropriate for younger children...it is just that I don't think younger children will be all into the politics going on here. I am eager to read the third (and final) book in the trilogy Beggar Queen (Westmark Trilogy).