Sarah's Stars

Katy Moran. Bloodline
Candlewick  $18.50  ISBN 978-0-7636-4083-5  320 pg.
Reviewed by Mena, Age 14

Red sky in the morning, Essa thought. If Da wants to ride out today, we’ll get wet. And ride out they would, he was sure.  Essa sometimes wished they might stay in a place long enough for him to make friends, but they never did.

Essa lives in what we call England today, then a fractured territory under numerous warlords. Essa has traveled with his father for as long as he can remember, but then his father leaves, and Essa must learn to live by the harsh ancient laws.  Still, he has extra talents and makes unexpected friends. He also learns new things about himself as he takes a journey to save many and avoid much bloodshed.

I liked this book’s picture of historic England and its settlements. However, it seemed that the story was not entirely focused. I felt that the main plot was a good outline, but too often it wandered away and became bogged down. The story had an okay opening, but it didn’t draw me in, in the way a really good book can. It had a reasonably good ending, however, and answered many of the questions that you came across in the book. 

I give Bloodline two stars and recommend it for a younger reader.


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