August 14, 2012

Review - Pasadagavra by Marta Stahlfeld

Book 2 of The Darkwoods Series
By: Marta Stahlfeld
Publisher: Book Publishers Network
ISBN: 978-1937454371
Pub Date: June 27, 2012
Pages: 240

Picking up after the events of the Darkwoods, the wraith mice Princess Zuryzel has a lot of responsibility as she leads an army against the Darkwoods Foxes, who outnumber and out power them. Zuryzel is growing up to be an independent adult mouse who must journey to unseen places to find out whom really started the war.

Her invisibility may not be able to help her as she stumbles into a world of betrayal that leads her to the Stone Tribe city of Pasadagavra. Secrets are revealed as she is confronted with a deadly pirate, who may or may not be responsible for the war. To make matter worse, the mice and their squirrel allies may not be able to defend the city from the Foxes.

Zuryzel travels across the seas and mysterious lands as she goes on a quest that will test her strength and her faith. A battle with the Darkwoods Foxes is unstoppable and the Stone Tribe City may fall in this exciting sequel.

I had reviewed the Darkwoods last year and the author contacted me last month about doing a review for the second book. I enjoyed reading the first one, so of course I said yes! This is not your typical teen novel with vampires and werewolves. The Darkwoods Series is written in the fantasy style of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are no humans in this tale, but instead we get mice, otters, foxes, chipmunks, and pirate foxes. There is a very detailed mythology of the Darkwoods which gives depth to the plot and characters. The Princess Zuryzel is a strong willed character that female readers will enjoy reading about, where as male readers will enjoy the war scenes. Adults will like the imaginative narration from the eighteen-year-old author and the fantasy aspects of the story. Pasadagavra is a fast-paced sequel that is just as good as the first book, Darkwoods. I recommend all readers to give the series a try.

About the Author: 

Eighteen-year old Seattle-native Marta Stahlfeld began writing short stories at age seven. She conceived the Darkwoods' Ranger Mice characters at age twelve when visiting Pointe du Hoc and learning of the awe-inspiring achievements of the U.S. Army Rangers there on D-day. The tale of Darkwoods grew from there, with the second book in a six-book series now available--Pasadagavra. Marta will start college in August of 2012, where she intends to major in English Literature, with plans to be both a novelist and teacher. She is particularly interested in WWII, but also interested in Irish Dance and Irish history, all of which she incorporates into her stories when she can.

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