Phew. In the Hand of the Goddess is the last of the books that I read last year. Like the first book in the series, I listened to this one as an audiobook.
I’m going to relate this book to one of my recent posts about the book Ender’s Game. I noted in this other post about how I thought it was fascinating to read about a younger character who thought long beyond their years. And though it isn’t quite the same for In the Hand of the Goddess, Alanna does start the series out quite young. In this book, she ends up at about 16 but that’s beside the point.
Everything Alanna needed to do in order to get to that point, though… it’s more than most of us will do in a lifetime. And though a bit unrealistic in some circumstances, it does make for a good story in a medieval setting, which would essentially be a different world to any of us. Teaching young children to fight with swords, training them to become knights as young as nine years old would be example of something almost alien to us had we not been exposed already through history and other fantasy readings.
I don’t have much to say about the book itself. Because it was written for children, the plot was predictable (even if I was a little surprised about a certain character being outed in this book rather than another). The characters, as before, were lovable. But, with how the book ended, I am excited to get on with Alanna’s adventures and see where the series goes on from here.
That’s all for today.
Have any of you read In the Hand of the Goddess? What were your thoughts?