Monday, June 20, 2005

The Book Without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic

This novel by Avi begins in "1046, on a cold winter's night, when a fog, thick as wool and dank as a dead man's hand, crept up from the River Scrogg ..." You will meet the aged alchemist, Thorston; his talking raven Odo; and his servant girl Sybil. Has Thorston found the key to immortality? What is it that Brother Wilfrid knows about this book without words? He must warn Sybil of the danger she faces. Each time Thorston "dies", he returns to life younger -- soon he will be as young as Sybil, 13.

There are lots of twists and turns in the plot of this fairly short novel, about 200 pages. Some of the people mentioned in the book were real and others are fictional. The descriptons are vivid and the action will keep your interest for the length of the book.

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