Quote: A fascinating story. Children will love this!
I very much enjoyed this historical childrens novel by Barry Cole. It ticks every box for a good childrens book: a strong hero, a thoroughly exciting adventure and a light, accessible writing style. Theres plenty happening and, most importantly, it is happening to lots of interesting characters. I suspect any 10 14 year old's, boys and girls, would find this story thoroughly absorbing. All in all, the writing style is perfect for a childrens adventure novel. It has plenty of speech, short paragraphs and short chapters and, the author knows when to get things moving. He is also particularly good at describing setting and character. Whether hes describing a herd of buffalo or the young hero, Tall Bull, he cleverly sticks to telling the reader what is interesting and, as a result, the setting is vivid, the characters almost jumping off the page. There is also a bonus story at the back entitled The Birth of the Wolf Clan. A magical story full of evil spirits and shape-shifting. To sum up, this is a gripping story set in the American west. Theres an adventure, yes, but its not full of war and blood. Its a story where the author seems determined that the readers get to know the characters and want to like them and maybe even be like them. The best character for me was Tall Bull. I liked his strong will and his loyalty to his tribe. Id happily be him.
The ending is BIG!, the way children like endings to be, and the twisting plot will keep the readers guessing.
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heather bennett (Reviewer) has just reviewed The Conquistador's Horse.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This is a great book, should appeal to all ages really both child and adult!!
Would you purchase this book for yourself or a friend? Yes
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