Urchin of the Riding Stars

Urchin of the Riding Stars

Book - 2005
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Triumphant heroes and brilliantly wicked villains do battle on the island of Mistmantle in the first book of a new heart-stopping adventure series in the great tradition of Watership Down and The Wind in the Willows. Illustrations.
Publisher: New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children, c2005.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780786854868
9780786854875
0786854871
0786854863
Branch Call Number: j F MCALLIST
Characteristics: 282 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rayyan, Omar

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I love this series so much. While the characters are animals, they are very true to life. One element of good fantasy is that the characters show us what we can become, for good or for evil, and this is not lacking in the Mistmantle Chronicles. With the exception of the ravens in book 4, the sort of "species stereotyping" that some have labeled as racism in the Redwall series is not present. This which makes for deeper explorations into the potential that everyone has for good or for evil. The one thing that stands out for me in this series, above everything else, is the community and the fellowship that the animals on Mistmantle Island share. It's good and real and uplifting and even (I believe) possible.

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Car2Planes
Jan 04, 2017

Such a fantastic series of books that will captivate you and take you to a different world where the animals of Mistmantle will carry you away on adventures abound. We just loved that the characters in these stories are animals with human qualities. The books are so well written and take your imagination to another time and place. You will not be disappointed with these tales. These books were bedtime reads with our 9 yr old. I could tell he ws continually captivated and often on the 'edge of his seat' or giggling with perfectly placed laughter at the character's hijinx! It's a shame there's only 4 books in the series! Enjoy.

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Tabaqui
Aug 20, 2016

An absolutely fantastic book; the series continues to amaze in the next books as well. This book is similar in some ways to Brian Jacques' Redwall series, but less violent and with subtle Christian undertones, such as references to the Heart, who corresponds to God, and the priests of the island, who provide guidance and religious leadership. I loved this book when I read it. The characters were well drawn and likable, struggling with problems and desires of their own. The differences between species were not as obvious as Redwall though. If you are looking for a good book, Urchin of the Riding Stars is one you should definitely read.

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nich0las
Apr 09, 2013

AWESOME BOOK

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cavanhk
Apr 24, 2012

I love this book it is very touching it has a very good plot and other things including action, adventure and a very good story line.

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chocolatechip
Sep 20, 2011

Good,all lot like Brian Jacques's books :)

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