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Sword and Verse

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Sword and Verse

With her newest book, SWORD AND VERSE, Kathy MacMillan leaves readers wondering: why didn’t she start writing fantasy books sooner?

SWORD AND VERSE is set in a world where only the highest-ranking members of society are allowed to write. The story starts by introducing the main character, Raisa, a captured slave who comes from a land where everybody was taught to read and write. She is assigned to labor as a tutor, the only position in the kingdom where a slave is permitted to learn the written language. While studying to become the next tutor, she falls in love with Prince Mati, with whom she is learning to write. However, a group called the Resistance is opposed to the prince; they strive to bring down the crown, free the slaves, and bring literacy to the entire population. The conflict that ensues is sure to leave you hanging onto each page.

With her newest book, SWORD AND VERSE, Kathy MacMillan leaves readers wondering: why didn’t she start writing fantasy books sooner?

At first I was thoroughly skeptical of this book because the first part of it had much more romantic material than I was accustomed to. However, the more that I read, the more invested I became in the story, the characters and the conflict, to the point where it became hard to put the book down. The development of the plot is done very well, and it is interesting to see how each conflict plays out over the course of the story.

The author goes into great detail in many sections of the book, which sometimes can seem a tad bit unnecessary, and become a bit tiresome. Additionally, the beginning of the book drags out for a while, and takes a while to get to the “sword” part of SWORD AND VERSE.

I would recommend this book to a young adult who enjoys reading fantasy books, especially those centered around romance. However, the book is good enough that it could appeal to anyone who simply enjoys an entertaining piece of literature. SWORD AND VERSE was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in the past year.

Reviewed by Levi V., Teen Board member on February 5, 2016

Sword and Verse
by Kathy MacMillan