The Castle Behind Thorns

The Castle Behind Thorns

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"Stories don't know everything. When Sand wakes up alone in a long-abandoned castle, he has no idea how he got there. The stories all said the place was ruined by an earthquake, and Sand did not expect to find everything inside torn in half or smashed to bits. Nothing lives here and nothing grows, except the vicious, thorny bramble that holds Sand prisoner. Why wasn't this in the stories? To survive, Sand does what he knows best--he fires up the castle's forge to mend what he needs. But the things he fixes work somehow better than they ought to. Is there magic in the mending? Or have the saints who once guarded this place returned? When Sand finds the castle's lost heir, Perrotte, they begin to untwine the dark secrets that caused the destruction. Putting together the pieces--of stone and iron, and of a broken life--is harder than Sand ever imagined, but it's the only way to regain their freedom. With gorgeous language and breathtaking magic, Merrie Haskell's The Castle Behind Thorns tells of the power of memory, story, forgiveness, and the true gifts of craft and imagination."--From publisher.
Publisher: New York: Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2014
ISBN: 9780062008190
Branch Call Number: HASKELL
Characteristics: 327 pages : illustrations


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Jun 03, 2016

I have checked out and read many, many books from the library, and I must say this one was terrible. The author did not put much effort into developing the plot and the ending was unsatisfactory. If you want a good fantasy try reading one of Gail Carson Levine's books instead. One other author that would also recommend for fantasy is Liz Kepler.

Jan 06, 2016

The theme of Sleeping Beauty or Snow White influence the story. It's also a great story about forgiveness and redemption. Sand and Perotte learn that forgiveness is the only way to escape a wicked curse. Fantasy readers will love this book.

JCLBarbaraL Aug 21, 2014

Merrie Haskell has created a sophisticated novel set in medieval times that is part fantasy, mystery and religious allegory. 13 year-old Sand wakes up one morning on a fireplace hearth in a castle that has been destroyed by the “Sundering”. He has no idea how he got there and is being held captive by the vicious thorns that surround the castle. Everything in the castle is broken, and there is no food. As he begins to mend, plant, and restore things to their rightful places, the castle begins to revive, a young girl and a falcon are brought back to life, and the mystery of how they all got there and how they will escape begins to reveal itself. Readers who enjoy fantasy fairy tales will like this one!

ChristchurchLib Jul 21, 2014

"Surrounded by a wall of razor-sharp thorns, the Sundered Castle is a cursed place in which every single object has been torn or broken. When apprentice blacksmith Sand finds himself trapped inside the castle, he discovers that he has the unusual power to mend its damage -- and that includes reviving Perotte, the long-dead princess who once lived there. Secrets, lies, revenge, and forgiveness all play a part in Sand and Perotte's journey towards escape, while authentic medieval details make their world come alive. If you enjoy the fairy tale-infused fantasies of Shannon Hale, don't miss this new book from the author of Handbook for Dragon Slayers." Kids' Books July 2014 newsletter

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