Review! The Harp and the Ravenvine by Ted Sanders

sandersThe Harp and the Ravenvine

Series: The Keepers #2

By Ted Sanders

672 pages – ages 10+

Published by HarperCollins on March 1, 2016

Synopsis- In a world where magic is possible, there are people called Keepers that use Tan’ji (magic-channeling tools) but end up mentally bonding with their Tan’ji, making them inseparable. Add in the humanoid Riven, which are formally of the species that were thought to be the only ones who could bond with the Tan’ji, who now want all of the Tan’ji to themselves – at any cost. When a new Tan’ji-using human realizes her power, she knows that she is missing a piece of her Tan’ji. But reuniting the piece may have some strings attached…

What I Thought- This was a pretty cool book. I didn’t read book one, but it had a nice way of recapping what happened earlier in a way I didn’t feel lost. Sander’s writing is compelling and I am going to go back and pick up book one. At 672 pages this is a meaty fantasy novel that kids can sink into. Despite the length of the book, the action, character development and dialogue keeps the reader interested. The characters are realistic, and they help bring the story to life. There are cool black-and-white drawings throughout the book, adding another dimension to the story. The publisher rates the book for kids 8-12. I think because of the length, some mild language and complexity of the plot I’d bump that up to 10+. I really enjoyed the story line, and cannot wait for book three to come out!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Want to know more? Check out Ted Sanders’ website!

Categories: Age 9+

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8 replies

  1. You review so many fantasy and science fiction titles. How about some traditional mysteries for ‘tweens and teens? I just attended Malice Domestic in Bethesda, MD, a mystery conference for authors and fans. When you look up the site for this conference you will see the nominees for some great mystery books newly published in 2015. I highly recommend them all!

    • I love mystery novels, especially ones by Agatha Christie. It’s just that I don’t get sent many full-blown mystery novels (they may have a mystery in them, but they may not be mystery books, per se). I’ll check out the link! 🙂

  2. I love all of your reviews, but schmelzb’s idea could provide a fun change up for you.

    Being the malcontent that I am, however, I would suggest a different approach: Howzabout you read YA books from 50 years ago? How *does* Nancy Drew #1 hold up these days? 😉

  3. I may have to pick this up to have a look at the cool interior drawings!

  4. Wow, this must be pretty good to get published at nearly 700 pages. I like schmelzb’s idea. I though Nancy Drew was middle grade. I never even considered her to he YA. Interesting idea. Love your review, and how much better they keep getting with time. Good job, Erik! (One of your many “#1 Fans!”)

    • Thank you Ms. Morris! I never thought about Nancy Drew that way, but they might have been when they came out, just now, we’re more comfortable with “darker” topics, so Nancy Drew is suddenly MG. Did that make sense? 🙂

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