From master storyteller Diane Stanley comes a spellbinding tale, based on Shakespeare's The Tempest , of two princes--one chosen, one lost--and a mysterious girl on a magical island, all caught in a great web of destiny.
On the day of his birth, Prince Alexos is revealed to be the long-awaited champion of Athene.Read more...
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From master storyteller Diane Stanley comes a spellbinding tale, based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, of two princes--one chosen, one lost--and a mysterious girl on a magical island, all caught in a great web of destiny.
On the day of his birth, Prince Alexos is revealed to be the long-awaited champion of Athene. He grows up lonely, conscious of all that is expected of him. But Alexos discovers that being a champion isn't about fame and glory--it's about sacrifice and courage.
Alexos follows the course of his destiny through war and loss and a deadly confrontation with his enemy to its end: shipwreck on a magical, fog-shrouded island. There he meets the unforgettable Aria, and faces the greatest challenge of his life.
- ISBN-13: 9780062248978
- ISBN-10: 0062248979
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Publish Date: January 2015
- Page Count: 368
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-11-17
- Reviewer: Staff
On the day of Prince Alexos’s birth, the gods decree that he is destined for greatness, catalyzing a life of hardship as the prince attempts to fulfill this prophecy. An outsider among his peers, afflicted with an illness that damages his legs, 12-year-old Alexos is finally driven by anguish to leave his helpless younger brother, Teo, for dead by casting him out to sea alone. But through the goddess Athene’s intervention, Alexos finds his way to a magical island where the brothers’ purpose is revealed. Stanley’s (The Silver Bowl) lush descriptions of the fog-shrouded island, which comes alive to respond to inhabitants’ needs, hark back to the mythological roots from which she draws inspiration. Much of the story is relayed through dialogue, and Stanley’s characters are prone to lengthy speeches used to explain the Arcoferrans’ long suffering and espouse their feelings, making for some stilted exchanges. But, overall, Stanley’s storytelling infuses each character and hardship with distinct purposes that coalesce and become clear to readers by book’s end for a tidy finale that leaves no unanswered questions. Ages 8–12. Agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Jan.)