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  • I think teens that enjoy fantasy or historical fiction would enjoy this book
  • What I like about this book is that it teaches girls (and possibly boys) that they are not worthless even if they think they are
  • And although she is greatly skilled, especially at horseback riding, she doubts her abilities to be a good queen and tries to avoid it in several ways
  • In the end, Rain's unique way of thinking saves her tribe from a large problem that could have destroyed it
  • I learned that they were a horse culture and that every warrior woman received a horse on her thirteenth birthday

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      This is a young adult novel about a young Amazon girl named Rain. The story is well written and it has some nice themes as well. It’s fast paced and not as thick as other novels, so I was able to read it in a few hours. It’s thinness, however, does not mean it’s a bad story. Some authors add extra stuff to a story in a vain attempt to make it longer than necessary, but this author did not do that. The story is the perfect length. I think teens that enjoy fantasy or historical fiction would enjoy this book.

      What I like about this book is that it teaches girls (and possibly boys) that they are not worthless even if they think they are. Even though Rain is the only daughter of the Amazon Queen, she thinks she is worthless because fifty


      men raped her mother years ago. The rape is not described really, but the book does say it was an awful ordeal and this causes the Queen to hate her own daughter. The Queen never looks at Rain and never talks to her, as she is a constant reminder of the 50 ‘cowards’ that are Rain’s fathers. This bothers Rain greatly, of course, as surely she must be truly awful if her own mother won’t even look at her. Throughout the book Rain keeps saying that she is ’sorrow’, so you can see what her mood is. This plus her unique position as the future queen causes her to be a loner without any friends. And although she is greatly skilled, especially at horseback riding, she doubts her abilities to be a good queen and tries to avoid it in several ways.

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      • teaches that even Queens (and thus parents?) can make mistakes. This is clearly spelled out near the end of the story. No one is perfect but some people can overcome their faults. Sadly, the Queen never did.

        Rain also learns about friendship and how wonderful it can be.

        I also liked that Rain is not like the other Amazons in her tribe and that she thinks slightly differently. She doesn’t see all men as the enemy and even befriends a young boy her own age. She also rescues two baby bear cubs, raising the first one along with her horse. She is willing to look at things differently and that is exactly what her tribe needs. She prefers peace to war, too, even though war has always been the answer to all of the Amazon’s problems. She’s also willing to let baby boys live instead

        of killing them, as is the Amazon tradition. In the end, Rain’s unique way of thinking saves her tribe from a large problem that could have destroyed it. I won’t say what the problem is, as it will ruin the story, but this solution proves that Rain is not worthless, as her mother had thought and that she is worthy to be a queen.

        I enjoyed visiting the world of the Amazons between the covers of this book. I learned that they were a horse culture and that every warrior woman received a horse on her thirteenth birthday. Sadly, Rain’s mother couldn’t overcome her hatred of her daughter so another woman in the tribe had to give Rain her horse. They also had beekeepers and kept bees in hollow logs. These details may not be accurate, but it really doesn’t matter, as it’s a great story.




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