The Twin Arrows
BY: Kate Willis
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Third Person • Fiction • 49 Pages
About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
Two children. Two journeys. Twin arrows.
Ryla follows her father’s parting instructions as closely as she carries his gift. Her protectors are kind, and safety is certain inside the convent’s strong walls. But now she must leave and what lies ahead is uncertain…
Her brother Drewin won’t wait any longer. The knight promised to escort him isn’t coming, and gossiping neighbors threaten to reveal his identity. He strikes out on his own, sure he can outrun the danger…
Why I Choose this Book:
I’ve been following Kate’s blog, Once Upon an Ordinary, for a while, and I’m always impressed by her writing. Her style draws me in and is quite interesting. When I moved over to WordPress from Blogger last year she graciously answered many questions I had via email, and ever since then we’ve kept up a correspondence. She’s told me a little bit about Twin Arrows over the last several months, so when the chance came to read the book, I jumped at it.
(Last week I reviewed her brother’s book; you can read the review here.)
What I Thought about this Book:
On my lands, people. The writing is simply, downright, undeniably beautiful. It captured me from the first page and didn’t let me go. It’s the kind of writing that I want to read over and over again because the descriptions are spot-on, the words flow together, and scenes burst off the page and into real life.
I don’t know if it was the cadence of the sentences, or the setting of the words, but even though the book was an “adventure” type story it felt peaceful to me. There are times that I want books to make my heart beat faster, but when I was reading this book I just wanted to relax and be entertained, and the book did it’s job phenomenally well.
The plot of the book wasn’t something that I would have found to be completely exciting or captivating on it’s own, but paired with the writing I enjoyed it a lot. Sibling stories are the best, and The Twin Arrows was a sibling story – flipping back and forth between a separated pair of brothers and sisters.
The author did a great job of making the two main characters unique, and it was easy to tell who’s point of view the story was coming from. The character arch for the brother was also well done, and I liked the sister right from the very start.
The one complaint I have about the story is that it’s quite short. I wanted to read more and stay in the world that the author had developed longer. I am hoping that she’ll do a full-length novel some day soon.
I’m giving Twin Arrows Four out of five stars.