- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Lobster Press; paperback / softback edition (April 15 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770800719
- ISBN-13: 978-1770800717
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,844,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Divided Realms, Book 1: Captured Paperback – Apr 15 2011
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About the Author
Maggie L. Wood grew up on Prince Edward Island. She later moved to London, Ontario, where she became a bookseller, and developed a passion for YA fiction and fantasy. She connects with fans at maggielwood.com.
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Willow's journey for awkward school girl to princess is a page turner. The descriptions are vivid and make you care about all the characters. The deep investment the reader feels makes the action scenes all the more dramatic.
I think the idea of using chess and therefore intelligence and logic as a guide for the adventure sends a positive message for young readers and a nice reminder for those past the target market.
It's a great reader for YA and Adult readers alike. If you're looking for an entertaining tale then this is the book for you!
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
In Captured, the heroine, Willow, lived on earth for fifteen years, believing that she was an ordinary teenager. Then she is transported to a magical realm where she learned she is a princess who had been sent to earth after a spell was cast on her family's realm, forcing members of the court to play a game of "live" chess, with life and death at stake. She is a "pawn" in the game, and must become a queen in order to save the realm. So she and a newly minted knight named Brand take off to try to get her "queened" and save everyone.
Without giving too much away, I found Wood's take on the princess and knight relationship to be unique and fun. The heroine is capable, independent and smart (and a refereshing change from the glut of Twilightesque incompetent heroines who depend on a guy for their very sense of self). I also liked the supporting characters.
The fantasy world where this story takes place is fully developed, multi-layered, and well-explained. There aren't any big plot holes or inconsistencies that strain the credibility of the story. The use of the chess game is a unique spin on the quest, which is a mainstay in fantasy literature. The plot was good, the pacing was excellent, and there were some great twists along the way.
I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy.