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The actual Minstrel's tale, of taking on an apprentice with his own very interesting back story, works for a young reader looking for safe escapism.
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However, there's something uneven about This is a book I think I would have loved as a child, maybe up to about 8 or 9 years old. However, there's something uneven about the characters themselves, Amos and Richard, in that their life experiences and personalities seem to to weaken and strengthen depending on plot twists, that even a child might question.
Also, the bookends of the tale, a young contemporary girl who discovers the manuscripts when she begrudgingly accompanies her parents on a vacation to France is totally unnecessary. Jun 29, Tanya rated it liked it Shelves: I was hoping at first this was going to be a time travel story. Still it was a very pleasant read and I would recommend it to anyone. My only disappointment is that it ends suddenly and seems to be part of a trilogy. Generally speaking I like my cliff hanger in the second book not with the first one.
There does seem to be some over usage of some words, and the writing style didn't quite catch me as if it had been polished up a bit more. The stories are interesting, with a fable aspect I was hoping at first this was going to be a time travel story. The stories are interesting, with a fable aspect to them.
I love the Minstrel, he is an interesting character and I find his cloak a fun addition to the story. I got this as a free kindle edition. If I were in a book club I would suggest having this book on a list to read. I think there could be some very fun discussion, with the stories and the historical aspect. Sep 20, Ashley rated it really liked it. When I got this book as a free promotion, I was interested in the premise. It was about one of my favorite eras in history, and it was a mix of modern and historical elements. My favorite part of the novel, to be honest, we're the tales within the tale.
The minstrels stories were refreshing and new, and the illustrations within we're amusing to see. Outside of the minstrel tales, I thought the story could have used a bit of work. The way this author writes, it's almost like the storyline takes a When I got this book as a free promotion, I was interested in the premise. The way this author writes, it's almost like the storyline takes a back seat. There is nothing wrong with that, but I enjoy a little more substance to my story lines.
Jun 12, Anne rated it liked it Shelves: Anna and her family have inherited a family estate in France. They go there to visit for the summer and decide whether or not to sell the place. While looking in the rooms, Anna finds some old books, written in Olde English, in a trunk. She and her father spend the summer deciphering them. May 10, Lesley Sudders added it. It presents an accurate insight into a moment in history, and the engaging characters bring it to life. Adventure, secrets, and wonderful tales combine to create a novel that is delight to read.
Jun 30, Joanna McDarby rated it liked it. I got this book not realising that it was a childrens book and enjoyed it immensely. I loved the interludes of the short little tales and liked the way the story moved along at a nice pace. I liked the characters but felt they lacked depth, but I know that isn't fail I keep having to remind myslef that it's a kids book.
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May 11, Eduardo Cervino rated it really liked it. I remember every book my father read to me, lying in bed by my side until I fell asleep. The Minstrel's Tale is the type of book one enjoys reading with one's child tucked against the ribs, building together another loving moment to remember. Oct 12, Euraylie rated it liked it Shelves: A book for the younger crowd, but quite delightful.
The tales the Minstrel Amos tells throughout the book are wonderful and they keep you guessing until the end. However, while the tales are great, I feel that the main story gets a bit neglected in the process. Jan 13, Kathie rated it liked it.
Nice easy read - I like period pieces. It's Youth Lit, though, so typical. Dec 22, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. This is an excellent read. It is written for pre adolescents but I had too keep reminding myself of that. The fairy tales that are incorporated into these books are wonderful.
Aug 28, Laural rated it really liked it Shelves: I wasn't sure as I got going in this book, if I would like it. By the middle and end, I loved it! Feb 25, Matthew rated it it was amazing. A wonderful story for all ages! Highly recommended for young, old, and everyone in between! Nov 29, Linda Harrison rated it really liked it. An enjoyable period fiction! Jun 21, Kylie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved every second of it!!
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This was cute but the story wrapping of finding the books in present day France was unnecessary and somewhat distracting. There could have been so much more done with that but it wasn't done and felt tacked on. The minstrel's tales were cute and fun though whether or not they are authentic 14th century tales is easily doubtful. Nov 26, Nanci Arvizu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another layer of the King Author tale with a personal touch only Anna Questerly can deliver.
Words cannot express how much I wanted to like this book. The premise is that a teenaged girl, visiting her family's French estate, finds a number of old documents written by an ancestor Amos first takes up an apprentice, Richard, whose identity becomes blindingly obvious very early on view spoiler [ he's the heir to the English throne hide spoiler ]. However, we trot along with Amos and Richard doing their minstrel thing, which seems primarily to consist of telling s Words cannot express how much I wanted to like this book.
However, we trot along with Amos and Richard doing their minstrel thing, which seems primarily to consist of telling stories as opposed to singing. And that's all well and good Someone is always coming after them to kill them, and they narrowly escape I don't know how many times. Of course, we eventually get the big reveal and all is restored.
Overall, I felt like this book was aimed at the 8- to 9-year-old set as opposed to mid-grade or young adult.
It's obvious that a great deal of research went into the book the author even includes a bibliography , but it just fell flat for me. Feb 22, Wendy Bianco rated it really liked it.