About the Book
Author: Charmayne Hafen
Genre: Young Adult, Adventure, Mythology
Release Date: August 25, 2019
When the abandoned princess discovers a friend, some muscle, and a passion for swords, she also acquires the crucible by which she uncovers the mysterious key to unlock her grief and win true freedom. Or will her strength confound her future in the kingdom to which she rides?
At the mythical edge of the Berkshire Forests, Wren finds herself rattling around in an austere castle, abandoned by the King and Queen. King Belodawn seems to blame his daughter for the mysterious disappearance of his wife, and he avoids his daughter at all costs in favor of conquests requiring his person away from the kingdom. But, things are about to change; the princess has matured. Wren’s spirit refuses to remain the lost bird she became at age twelve. With the aid of the cook and the cook’s son, Wren discovers her unknown dexterity in sword fighting. With it, she believes a new community in which to live will open up but is this young girl prepared to encounter deceptive ghosts, angels, and demons in the maze of the forest to attain her aim?
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Hafen, Charmayne. Indebted. Littleton, CO: Capture Books, 2019.
Indebted contains much of what young adults look for in a fantasy novel – adventure, a little magic, princesses, good triumphing over evil, a little romance, a lot of parent-child relationship issues, and even a dragon. It also contains references to the Bible and the characters use the wisdom found there to guide their decisions. Charmayne Hafen has created likable characters that readers will empathize with. Both female main characters are mother-less with fathers that are not as responsive as the girls would like. I did feel that some of the dialogue was a little stiff – it didn’t really feel like natural conversation to me. Overall though, I thought the plot was a good one. I was happy to see that at least one of the father figures became a loving and understanding man by the end of the book. I think young adult fantasy lovers will enjoy Indebted.
There is nothing in the book to keep me from adding it to my to my k-12 Christian school library. I think it is appropriate for (most) fourth graders and up.
I want to thank Celebrate Lit for the complimentary copy of Indebted. This is my honest review.
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