This was the first Savery book I read. Though, I must admit, I did not find it as savory as The Reb and the Redcoats. 😉 I read it after Jo got it from a friend (as all good sisters should) and was favorably impressed.
But, let me tell you now, when I read this it was more methodically than emotionally. I must have been preoccupied cause I don’t remember it too very well. So I flipped through it yesterday to refresh my memory.
Here are my reasons for liking it:
#1. Dym is the #1 best brother out there. If I had to have a big brother it would be Dym. He’s gentle, thoughtful, merciful, and just an awesome brother.
#2. The nine lives part was extremely kind of Dym. I mean, if I was Dym, I would not want to spend my time chasing down a runaway, knowing I’d have to chase him down another so many times. It would get a little fatiguing.
#3. Tony, alias Max, coming back after running away was quite compelling. Especially knowing the humiliation he would face when he got back to the Priory.
#4. Ginger…….my goodness. Quite the character that one. Mischievous as he was I rather liked him.
#5. Phemie, she was all good and a little more besides. Between Dym and Phemie you couldn’t get better guardians.
#6. The ‘bomb’ in front of the hall door- that was hilarious.
Points to Ponder:
#1. Porgie, Mousie, James and others, needed to watch their tongues. I felt for poor Tony having to hear all that. ‘Twould make me want to run away too.
#2. Tony’s escape was good. As was his confession to Dym afterwards.
#3. The secret room was interesting indeed.
#4. Tony’s spurning all kindness was a tad infuriating.
#5. Being set during WWII was, of course, attention getting. Yet it seemed to be missing something.
#6. The blue notebook. It did have me wondering at his ‘loyalty’. The fight over it was….intense.
That’s all for now. I’d give it four books- mostly cause I can’t remember all of it. I’d recommend reading it aloud, ’tis attention grabbing for young as well as old.
This book was given to me as a gift from a dear friend of mine who relishes a good classic and loves historical fiction like myself.