Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Review of Valley of Thracians by Ellis Shuman

Reviewed by -- Maegan
        
Book Review of --
Valley of Thracians by Ellis Shuman

My overall star rating --- 5  
     

About the book:
A Peace Corps volunteer has gone missing in Bulgaria and everyone assumes he is dead, everyone except his grandfather, who refuses to give up hope. Retired literature professor Simon Matthews launches a desperate search only to be lured into a bizarre quest to retrieve a stolen Thracian artifact—a unique object of immense value others will stop at nothing to recover. Matthews travels through a Balkan landscape dotted with ancient tombs and fortresses, unaware that his grandson has been confined to an isolated mountain cabin, slowly recovering from a severe head injury. Nothing can be taken at face value, as the woman assisting Matthews in his quest and the nurse caring for his injured grandson may have ulterior motives in helping the two reunite. Even when Matthews succeeds in joining up with his grandson, departure from Bulgaria is only possible if the missing relic can be found.        

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 --29        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting -- 9        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
The author has shown that sometimes when kids go down the wrong path, they can turn back to the right one. The author has done a wonderful job describing the places in the story, that it feels like actually being there. In the story, the author shows how strong family ties can be and how to not give up on the ones we love. The characters are very well written and the story flows wonderfully. The history and culture in the book is really awesome and wonderfully written into the story, that it seems like this could have actually taken place.                

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Historical/ mystery        
Age recommendations -- 14        
Sex content rating -- none        
Violence rating -- mild        

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