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Title: The Savage Kingdom
Author: Simon David Eden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: July 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Everyone has the potential to change the world, but some are born to do it
When Drue’s beloved cat Will-C goes missing, she’s unaware that his disappearance is the start of the greatest global conflict the world has ever known. The animal kingdom has declared war on mankind, and now domesticated creatures must choose who to fight for: Man or Beast.
Cast into a world full of danger, but determined to rescue Will-C and bring him home, Drue starts out on a quest and makes an astonishing discovery: an ancient tribe of shape-shifters, who have lived in the shadows since the dawn of time, are about to play a key role in shaping the future – but can they save mankind? And what role is Drue herself about to play?
The Savage Kingdomis an unforgettable tale about courage, hope, loyalty… and the unbreakable bond between a girl and her cat.
REVIEW BY ARCHIE 9:3
The Savage Kingdom is very detailed and has a lot of descriptive sentences for characters and loads of beautiful interpretations of scenery and buildings, some of which are famous landmarks.
The characters in the book are very peculiar in the fact that they aren’t the usual stereotypical characters as the lead character is a scrawny teenage girl who is a vegetarian and has an abandoned three-legged cat, called Will-C, who is also a very important character in the book. Will-C was the character I related to the most, even though he is a cat I can still empathise with his feelings and emotions that are displayed in the text. I think that the scenery I related to the most was that of the countryside which is regularly mentioned in the book as the main characters are set in the vast countryside. I live in a grass filled setting and can somewhat relate to the greenery and the trees. All the characters in the book are important in their own way and all that are named and mentioned are important in the story and the plot.
The plot was strange and it depends of what you think of as ‘believable’, if you think believable means an ancient race of people with a special gene that gives them a special ability (which is later explained in the book) and most of the animals on the Earth team up and cause an apocalyptic war between humans and animals, then this book would be very believable. However, some of the descriptions in the book persuade me that there is a possibility that this story could be true.
At the end of the book a fact is shared between the lead role and another important character which is very brief and is unexplained which didn’t really make much sense, I don’t know if it will be explained in a sequel book but I didn’t really understand the point that the author was trying to create. Another point about the ending was that it was very fast and it wasn’t as detailed and descriptive as the main body of the book. I think the ending was very unexpected and I thought all odds were against the things that the characters managed to achieve at the end.
The Savage Kingdom reminded me of the ‘Hobbit‘ as there is fantasy creatures, a great journey to achieve resolution at the end.
I think the author, Simon David Eden, has created a very good piece of literature ; his hard work shines through the piece of writing. However, there are some mistakes that the editor has failed to pick up, such as the error on page 51 when it states ‘The Gryfalcon’ and on the same page it states ‘The gyrfalcon’. This is a spelling and capital letter error. It’s the little things that stand out 😉
Recommended for anyone who likes action, animals and adventure.