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Title: The Seven Towers
Author: Patricia Wrede
Rating: of 5 Battle Axes
The Seven Kingdoms are about to be invaded by the horde of barbarians from the South. Politics, romance and magic both new and very old, come into play.
Nothing is quite as it seems and the barbarians aren't invading, but fleeing. Can a rag tag group of people work together to prevent a massacre, stop a rogue dark wizard and put an end to a virulent magical plague, all at the same time.
I don't have a middle grade shelf/tag and tend to use either young adult or children. But this book would definitely fall into that category.
Characters are given just enough of a brush to make them unique without actual characterization, the plot is "vast" if you are new to this kind of thing and things just happen.
Now all of that can be a problem sometimes.But for this book, none of that bothered me at all. Just goes to show, sometimes you really do have to be in the right mood. I enjoyed my time reading this.
I do wonder, however, how much of that is because I already like Wrede's writing and hence let my foreknowledge affect things. An interesting conundrum if you're into that kind of thing.