Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
I would rate the Phoenix Rising Trilogy 4 stars. I liked how there were so many different tribes and cultures represented in the series, and I found it helpful that there was a detailed map in the beginning of each book, especially in the last one…
Elissa’s Quest (book 1)
Elissa’s Odyssey (book 2)
World’s End (book 3)
Genres: Middle Grade Fantasy
Description for Elissa’s Quest:
Thirteen-year-old Elissa leads a solitary life. She knows nothing of her parents—only that her mother is dead. Her caretaker, Nana, keeps her father’s identity a secret from her. Meanwhile Elissa carries her own secret—the people of the valley must not know that she has the gift of speaking to animals. For now she is just a healer’s apprentice in peaceful High Crossing, but Elissa dreams of a more exciting life, and of, one day, finding her father.
When an unexpected royal guest arrives at the Manor, Elissa’s life changes forever. She leaves home with him, only to discover that she’s become a pawn in a battle for his kingdom. Accompanied by her dear donkey, Gertrude, she is delivered to the evil Khan. Elissa’s quest for freedom and the truth about her past leads to questions about the future. Is she the key to a prophecy—the prophecy of the Phoenix—that everyone seems to know about, except her?
I would rate the Phoenix Rising Trilogy 4 stars. I liked how there were so many different tribes and cultures represented in the series, and I found it helpful that there was a detailed map in the beginning of each book, especially in the last one.
Two of my favorite characters were Gertrude the donkey and Ralph the camel because I liked their sense of humor.
I also liked the idea of elemental magic, but I wish they had used their magic more, like one of the characters did. I also wish that the magic was more of a normal thing in their world so that they didn’t have to hide it.
One reason I gave this series 4 stars and not 5 is because I think the prologues and epilogues were really confusing.
I also thought that Elissa was a little slow. It took her a really long time to catch onto things that I thought were pretty obvious, and she seemed so surprised when she finally found out. In the first book she seemed really shy, but she got more confident as the series went on.
I think that Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones is a book that would appeal to fans of the Phoenix Rising Trilogy and vice versa, and I would recommend this book to readers ages 8 to 10 who like fantasy, adventure and a hint of romance.