Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Westmark by Lloyd Alexander

This is the first book of a trilogy, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. Theo apprentices as a printer's assistant back in medieval times, but his master is killed by the king's soldiers. Cabbarus, the chief minister for the king, is plotting to take over rule of the kingdom and controls all printing. Theo becomes a wanted "man" and flees the city. Along the way, he meets up with a con man and his dwarf, a homeless girl, as well a band of men preparing to stop Cabbarus and/or the king. Theo gets himself involved in the uprising and must decide in the rising action if he is able to kill in order to save the lives of others.

I enjoyed the plot, although I thought the climax might have been played up more. The climax may be surprising to some readers, but it's predictable when you look back at the clues. I like how the author ended the book and allows an opening for the sequel.

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