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Driftwood’s War

Author: James Davidge
Originally Published: 2010
Publisher: Bayeux Arts
Source: Purchased

The Story

From the back of the book:

To increase profits, Hans Blekansit is threatening to bring the world into a horrible war. Meanwhile, Driftwood struggles with the rigourous magic instruction at the Regimental Conservatory of the Order of the Good and True but gets equally frustrated with the peaceful yet aimless nature of the Free Spirit Gathering. On top of all that, she never seems to have anytime to spend with Tide, even after he asked her out. Finding it difficult to fit in anywhere, how will our young sorceress tackle the overwhelming might of the military industrial complex?

The Response


This one didn’t quite live up to my hopes from it. I had enjoyed the first and third in the series, but not the second and fourth. I had been hoping that this one would be as good as the two I had liked but it was, in all honesty, rather underwhelming.

Yes, things tied up. But they did so in a way that didn’t make sense… Take Driftwood’s father, Hans Blekansit, for example. After one encounter with Driftwood’s mother’s ghost, we’re supposed to expect that he turns his back on all his evil ways, turn his back on his own nature, and work to save the world? It just didn’t fit who he is at all, it’s so completely out of character…

It was actually somewhat rather frustrating to get through this series and to see not only no character growth for the main characters, but then to all of a sudden have them do something so completely opposite of everything they have ever done before without anything happening that could ever possibly motivate them to change so drastically and so quickly.

Gragh. I feel like I was cheated out of growing with that character.

At least this one wasn’t all preachy preachy like a couple of the others in the series.

I really can’t say whether I think younger children would like these ones. I know that I certainly didn’t like this as much as other children’s books I have read recently. Ah well, here’s to hoping that the next children’s series I read will be more enjoyable.

The Bottom Line

Sadly, not a very ending to a rather underwhelming series. I was unfortunately disappointed with the series as a whole.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:52 am June 25, 2012.
Category: Children's
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  • Kailana

    That’s too bad, Court. I remember how much you liked the first book!