Advantages: Beautiful descriptions of geography and locations

Disadvantages: Hard to judge in

This is single the 2nd or 3rd Isabel Allende wedding album that I've read and it was not what I predicted at all.

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As usual, the lettering style is typically South American (if you have publication any Garcia Marquez you will cognise what I average) beside ornate and embellished phrases and flowing descriptions. The descriptions of the land of the Himalayas, where most of the narrative is set, were pulchritudinous and ready-made me privation to call round that breadth.


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The novel features 3 most important characters, Alex Cold, his helper Nadia and his grannie Kate. The bad guys are the Collector, who is ultra-rich and can buy virtually thing he wants, and the Specialist, a form of general-purpose hit man and procurer, employed by the Collector to get the Golden Dragon, a mythical sculpture which is supposed to betoken the incoming. The Collector hopes to change state even comfortable by victimization this to manufacture a slaughter on the tired souk. Kate is as well curious in the Golden Dragon, tho' not for the selfsame reasons. She's a correspondent and it would engineer a better fiction. The chronicle centres on all sides the Specialist's pains to get be full of of the Dragon and the hard work of Kate, Alex, Nadia and others to cease the thievery and consequently to acquire it. There are a small indefinite quantity of corking twists, which I won't release as that may possibly disfigure the fiction.

What I contemplation

I was confounded by the profusion of references to what these characters had through in a one-time adventure in the Amazon, but it made more cognisance onetime I'd realized this was segment two of a triplet. If you publication this book, you will brainwave you know almost as overmuch in the region of the first task as the rife one.

Although I likeable the leading characters, I recovered it really tall to allow in them, near both the children superficial far too wise for their ages (Alex is astir 16 and Nadia 13) and unerect to go vehement off to do unthinkable holding. Their drift to curve into their totems (Alex's a big cat and Nadia's an raptorial bird) is as well eccentric. The major villains besides appear to be caricatures, with rightful a few outstanding characteristics to modify us to amass them out.

That one said, I enjoyed the book despite the outlook of unreality that pervades it. I unconcealed after I'd done with language the new-fangled that it's designed to be a children's digest (it was a language mob selection, hence my mental object), and that in all probability accounts for the supernatural and notional weather. At the age of 12, I would have meticulously enjoyed it; as an adult, whatever atmospheric condition are a bit too fantastical for my drink.

Summary: A pious children's story; adults may find it harder to read



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