***The Hidden Arrow of Maether
by Aiden Beaverson
Reviewed August 2001.
It’s not easy to write a children’s fantasy set in a totally different
world. I’ve read several lately that didn’t quite pull it off, but
this one, I think, succeeded. Much of the difficulty comes from needing
to present enough background to understand the magical world. This
book started with a situation we can all understand--an abusive step-father--and
then moved on to the magical background of the fantasy world, after we were
already pulled in.
I do have to say, though, that there had better be a sequel!
The story is not complete, but when the next book comes out, I will want
to read it. The Hidden Arrow of Maether
had the common theme
of a child with a special gift trying to learn how to use it. It’s
a middle-grade book, not a young adult, so it’s fairly light, but I did enjoy
There was a place where the author broke a rule I’ve decided on:
Never have a character agonize about a decision when the reader knows exactly
what choice she will make. Sure, maybe it’s a hard decision for
the character, but we know what she’s going to do, or else the book would
be rather pointless! So don’t try to stretch it out over chapters.
Have her make the choice, then think of all the things that could go wrong.
You can’t fool us!
However, by the time I got to the annoying agonizing, I was already
hooked, so I enjoyed this story.
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