The Burning Bridge

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3 stars-- moral compass, characters. Unimpressive writing & unlayered plot.

The second book in the series follows hot on the heels of the first book, time-wise. While I still find the dialogue & humor a bit forced, and the movement of the plot to be less-than-smooth, the characters are engaging enough to make me want to read the next book. I am enjoying the relationship of Horace & Will progress from competitors who do not get along to trusted allies and best friends.

Cautions? Violence typical with feudal society and evil oppressive invading armies.

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Talking points:
-- Students familiar with Roman history will delight to recognize the historical Horatius Cocles, who, along with two of his officers, defended a bridge against the Etruscans by destroying it behind himself. Horace, Will and Evanlyn, anyone? Discuss the similarities between the two stories, and how elements are often recycled in good stories-- why might that be?
-- Making a stand that may utterly fail, but is our only hope, is a motif that is repeated throughout literature. Why does this matter?
-- How are Horace and Will learning to complement each other instead of compete with each other?

3 star: solid morals, & believable, worthy characters. 1/2 star for writing, which has occasional humor. 1/2 star plot, which is engaging and enjoyable to the Classically educated child (who will love the echo of a myth they recognize), but fairly limited in its "layering" (it's almost purely uni-dimensional action).

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So i think it should be mentioned that John F. gets much better with his character development AND plot as the books go on... That's one reason I think the series is so good... each book tells a story but it gets you deeper and deeper inoi their world... it's like quicksand.. kind of shallow at first but it will suck you in!

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