The Legend of Witch Bane
Outskirts Press (2008)
Reviewed by Brenna Bales (age 11) for Reader Views (8/08)
This book has an outstanding storyline, but in some parts it is very predictable. The author can really construct a picture of what’s happening in your mind with every little detail he writes. He achieves the goal of making you see what’s happening in a way that’s very clear, but he writes in a style that while you’re reading the book, you can imagine it in your own way.
It’s dazzling the way he describes the characters and what they look like. He explains them in a way that’s like you’re meeting someone for the first time and seeing what they look like instead of just imagining them. The author’s way of writing shows you what’s happening instead of just telling you. When I first saw the book I read the back, and it did not sound very interesting. I decided, “Well, maybe I should read the first chapter and see how it goes.” I got into reading the book and the next thing I knew, “Time to wake up!” It was morning! The book was incredibly fascinating. I couldn’t stop reading it.
I don’t think readers under age nine should read this book because in some parts, Queen Rhiannon does cruel things to little girls. I think that would frighten little girls or small children. The dialogue and large words would also create somewhat of a problem for young readers. My favorite part is when Anyr finds Glum, and helps him discover that he has a talent more special than any other dragon. I also like the part where Elva decides to go against her mother, and help the children. I learned that even if you have a step or half brother or sister, you should love them like they are your blood relatives.
The characters keep splitting up during their journey throughout the book, but each time they mature, and they become more equipped for the journey ahead of them. The whole book overall was excellent. I would rate “The Legend of Witch Bane” by Kevis Hendrickson the book a perfect five out of five.