It was in the days of very long ago, when things
were different. Then supernatural beings roamed the vast green wilderness of
the Northwest Coast. And people called them narnauks.
Mouse woman is the busiest narnauk in all of the Northwest Coast. She has
made it her life’s work to help out distressed young people, who have been
tricked into trouble. All she asks in return is a pair of woollen ear
ornaments to keep as her own. There have been numerous ghastly schemes being
plotted, and Mouse Woman has been rather frazzled. Still, she manages to
keep her compassion, and proper attitude all the while.
A narnauk, as you have probably determined, is a supernatural being, which
can transform into their designated animal, a human, or simply roam the land
without a form at all. Many villagers fear narnauks, as they all acquire
their own power, which some choose to use poorly, and some, respectfully.
The few stories that are told in this novel comprise of young princesses,
who I am sad to say, have been taken away from their homes in an act of
treachery. As well, the most affectionate and joyous of all bear cubs, and
the atrocious man-who-bound-up-his-wrinkles. They also include a group of
colossal snails, which appear as lustrous as the pearl lining of a shell.
And last but not least, you’ll meet a mysterious little white mouse.
‘Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses’, well, what can I say? From
the very beginning, I was caught up in the intrigue. Every time I picked the
book up, I couldn’t wait to find out what Mouse Woman would do next, being
so mysterious and all. I loved how C. Harris played with the feelings of the
princesses in the book, because she managed to make their emotions show one
way, but at the same time the reader knew that they also felt the exact
opposite! This book was captivating, and most enjoyable!
I give Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses 4.5 stars. It was a
great read and I enjoyed it very much!