Review: A Tale of Two Castles

Title: A Tale of Two Castles
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: May 10, 2011
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Bought


Newly arrived in the town of Two Castles, Elodie unexpectedly becomes the assistant to a brilliant dragon named Meenore, and together they solve mysteries. Their most important case concerns the town’s shape-shifting ogre, Count Jonty Um: Someone is plotting against him. Elodie must disguise herself to discover the source of the threat amid a cast of characters that includes a greedy king, a giddy princess, and a handsome cat trainer.

My Thoughts:

I wanted to read this book mainly because I enjoyed Ella Enchanted so much--both book and movie. And before now, that was the only book I had read by Gail Carson Levine. A Tale of Two Castles seemed like a good book to continue with.

The first part of this book was an introduction to Elodie. She comes from a small town and is on her way to the 'big city' to start her assumed apprenticeship. However things don't go as planned and soon Elodie finds herself penniless and homeless. But hope is restored when she becomes the assistant to Meenore, a brilliant, Sherlock-like dragon. Meenore takes in Elodie and trains her to be aware and to use her senses. All Elodie's new skills come in handy when a plot to take down the feared, but friendly, giant, Count Jonty Um comes into play.

A Tale of Two Castles is a great book for middle grade students as well as adults. The characters in this story are great. Elodie's character arc grows over the story. She starts out as a small-town girl, but quickly, with the help of Meenore, finds her footing and begins to realize what she is really capable of. Also the mystery that Levine weaves is good. It will keep you guessing to the end who the real culprit is. This is a fun book to check out over the summer.

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