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To escape the wrath of the king and his wicked soothsayers, an honest young man joins forces with a poet-turned-jackass and a young girl with mystical powers as they embark on a series of epic adventures through the land of Arkadia.

©1997 Lloyd Alexander (P)2010 Listening Library

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"A good, involving story. Readers already acquainted with Greek literature and legend will enjoy picking out familiar threads." (Publishers Weekly)

"An expertly developed cast of characters rounds out this witty epic that's filled with romance and adventure.... On one level, this is a rousing adventure complete with cliffhangers and do-or-die situations. On another, readers familiar with Greek mythology will find clever hints at the myths' purpose and genesis.... The plot has many twists and turns, but is not hard to follow, and Alexander's style is eminently readable." (School Library Journal)

"Part Greek myth, part Canterbury Tales, part Wizard of Oz, Alexander's latest is also a story with a feminist sheen. Done in epic style, the book almost brims over with tales, twists, and trouble.... Alexander is as good as anyone when it comes to creating strong women characters, and one of the most interesting things about this book is his focus on the goddess culture and its role in both history and myth. A rousing tale ." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Sandy Stewart
  • 11-01-17

Not What I was Expecting

I thought this would be more of a prequel to his Chronicles of Prydain series. It barely alluded to it but was a much better read if left to stand in its own. As always with Lloyd Alexander, there are great values woven into this fun narrative.

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