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05 December 2013

Review: Samantha Sutton and the Winter of the Warrior Queen

A secret society, a lost fortress, a precious artifact only Samantha Sutton can protect.

Twelve-year-old Samantha Sutton isn't sure she wants to go to England with her Uncle Jay, a brilliant, risk-taking archeologist. But the trip seems safe enough--a routine excavation in Cambridge--and Samantha has always had a love for the past.

At first the project seems unremarkable--just a survey to clear the way for a massive theme park. But everything changes when Sam uncovers something extraordinary. Are the local legends true? Is this the site of the ancient fortress belonging to Queen Boudica, the warrior queen? What treasures might be found?

When others begin to learn of her findings, Samantha senses she is in danger. Can any of her friends be trusted? Samantha will need to solve the mystery of the site in order to protect herself and let the world know of her remarkable discovery.

Summary and image from Goodreads

I hope you all got the chance to read yesterday's guest post from Jordan Jacobs, author of Samantha Sutton and the Winter of the Warrior Queen.  If not, you should....

I really enjoyed this book---it had a great story with tons of action (and mayhem in honor of Boudica), not-boring history, and characters that you could fall in love with.

Even though Samantha Sutton is a series, you do not have to read the previous books in order to understand this one, though you should :)  It does talk about events and people that happened in previous books, and even features those people eventually, they are explained enough in this book that you wouldn't feel lost.  For example, you wouldn't read Harry Potter book 7 before reading book 1, but you could in fact read Winter of the Warrior Queen before you read Labyrinth of Lies.

The only thing I didn't enjoy as much as the rest of the book (and I won't even say dislike as I didn't dislike it, I just didn't like it as much), was the fact that Samantha felt like she had to solve the problem herself, without help from an adult.  Many middle grade books have this in their stories, and I just don't get it.  Shouldn't a child go to a trusted adult for help?  I realize Samantha couldn't go to Jay as he wasn't available, but couldn't she have then asked the Iceni boys for help?  Or when she first notice that her stuff had been messed with, couldn't she have said something?  That being said, Samantha taking matters into her own hands did make for a pretty climactic ending, so I guess it all works out...

I was able to read this book via Netgalley, and am very thankful for the opportunity to host Jordan Jacobs as a guest poster. 

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