“Treason”/Berlie Doherty/264 pgs/Children’s Historical Fiction
This book is quite random, but while I was researching into medieval culture, I found this and just couldn’t resist. It’s terrible, but I have always enjoyed reading about King Henry VIII (not necessarily in the way that “He was a great King”, just that I enjoy reading about him).
Being the page boy to King Henry VIII is no easy task, and for Will Montague things could not be worse. After his father is accused of treason, Will must do all he can to not only save his father, but to keep himself from being thrown into prison with his father
LANGUAGE: little to none
VIOLENCE: very little (mention of light injuries or poor living conditions, prison specifically)
QUALITY: simple; easy to read but not silly; well-done
OVERALL RATING: One I would suggest to read, but not strongly. It’s a good book with good characters, and I enjoyed it greatly, but I will admit it didn’t leave that big of an impression on me
I will start off by saying I found this in the children’s section, so it is in fact a children’s book. BUT! Do not let that stop you as it almost did to me, it is extremely well done. It is in fact historical fiction, and would be an excellent book to let your children read.
I will add immediately that there is NO LANGUAGE. None whatsoever. Characters may speak crudely, but to call it cussing is a little to far. Aside from that however, nothing. I do leave room for error however, in case I missed something while I read fervently. However, even if I was careless, that still leaves very little language (one or two words).
This is almost the same as language, hardly any. There are, however, a couple scenes in which a wound in described, or the state of a character after being in a terrible place for too long (to be specific, the father in the prison). But that’s hardly considered much. To say it clearly, the violent or dark scenes in this book would most likely be understood by an adult, but not a child. There is one scene in which describes the wound on King Henry VIII’s leg, which is pretty disgusting, but not terrible. There is another scene in which a character is attack by a robber and is injured, but nothing graphic, just the mention of bruising and blood.
I almost didn’t put this in, but just in case there are parents looking into whether they want their children to read this, or even for some who are bothered by things like this, I will add it. There is a young character betrothed to an older man. We’re talking about a 12 to 16 year old girl to a man in his late 30’s to early 40’s. There is nothing graphic at all (just a scene where someone sees them kiss lightly) I just thought I’d mention it, because some people are bothered by this. This was a common occurrence in those time, however, so it wasn’t unusual to them.
There isn’t really anything that stood out to me as terrible, everything seemed very well done. It’s simple, since it is a children’s book, but not so simple it’s silly. The characters were very well done, likable, which is very important to me, because as I stated in the Maze Runner in a previous review, characters are very important. You’ll find that with good characters with a bad story is definitely readable, but bad characters with a good story are either impossible or difficult to read. Though this is in a different time and difficult to associate with, you felt for the characters and suffered with them, as well as rejoiced.
All in all, a book that I would definitely suggest you read. If you are rather simple like me, you will love it. If, however, you are a critical thinker and enjoy complicated books, this will not be your cup of tea.