Maeve Henry The Witch King

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The Witch King

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Fifteen-year-old Robert, an ordinary village boy, travels to the capital city where, with the aid of magic, he conquers palace intrigue and discovers his destiny as the legendary Witch King.

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Grade 4-6 In a quest tale reminiscent of Lloyd Alexander's ``High King'' series (Holt), Robert Harding, a 15-year-old village lad, urged on by a self-proclaimed witch woman, sets out for the fabled City. As in any good quest, the way is beset with dangers, and the wizard who meets him as he nears the city may be a true friend and helperor may not be. Robert does his best to aid the dying King and to understand the arrogant Prince, but ultimately discovers that he is the Witch King, foretold in the legends as the rescuer and renewer of the decaying City. The tale moves along briskly, packing a lot of action into 126 pages, but characters are never very fully developed. Although it provides an acceptable introduction to the genre, and may appeal to reluctant readers in search of a thin book, The Witch King is a pale wraith compared to the ``High King'' series. Li Stark, North Castle Pub . Lib . , Armonk, N.Y.
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The people of Robert's village tell many stories about the City, though only a few believe that it truly exists. Robert has always longed to travel there, and so pursues his wish when wise old Granny Fishbone tells him that the City is calling him. From the ancient prophesy, he understands that he can save the City, which is under a spell and could be destroyed by the ambition of a power-hungry prince. With the help of a princess, both Robert and the City survive. Like many fantasy novels, such as the Prydain cycle by Lloyd Alexander, The Witch King is full of archetypal elements, but this slim novel offers few surprises for readers familiar with the genre. Action and resolution have been woodenly compressed into a fable, leaving little room in which to develop characterization. Ages 9-12.
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