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The Ropemaker (Ropemaker, Bk 1)
The Ropemaker - Ropemaker, Bk 1
Author: Peter Dickinson
Tilja has grown up in the peaceful Valley, which is protected from the fearsome Empire by an enchanted forest. But the forest’s power has begun to fade and the Valley is in danger. Tilja is the youngest of four brave souls who venture into the Empire together to find the mysterious magician who can save the Valley. And much to her amazemen...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385730631
ISBN-10: 0385730632
Publication Date: 10/14/2003
Pages: 384
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Paperback
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miss-info avatar reviewed The Ropemaker (Ropemaker, Bk 1) on + 386 more book reviews
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This book is a bit of a hefty read for young, impatient readers, but just right for readers of ANY age who like to get into their books and stay there for a good while. Almost the entire story is taken up with a journey, as Tilja and three others travel through a dangerous country they don't understand to search out help for their homeland. There are a few elements of danger, but nothing young readers can't handle. Tilja is believable and likeable, and she has a wonderful relationship with her cranky old grandmother. In the end she comes to realize that she doesn't need to be like the rest of her family, she's perfect the way she is. I liked this book as an adult, and I think it's just sort of book I would have greatly enjoyed when I was a young teen, as well.
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PhoenixFalls avatar reviewed The Ropemaker (Ropemaker, Bk 1) on + 185 more book reviews
Enjoyable, but my enjoyment was hampered by its very YA-ness. The characters are all likable, the world is interesting, and the prose gets very much out of the way of a story that kept me turning the pages, but everything was too EASY. There were good characters and bad characters with no shades of grey (and c'mon, a decadent, evil emperor and the only description he gets is that he's grossly fat? really? THAT'S what makes someone evil?), and the good characters always seemed to have more than enough power to topple the bad characters -- there was no true sense of jeopardy, because every challenge the good characters faced they overcame with relative ease, even though they had no idea what they were doing. I much prefer the writing of Dickinson's wife, Robin McKinley -- also mostly YA, and with the same stark contrast between good and evil, but at least her characters sweat and bleed for their victories, and nothing is ever just handed to them.