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The Amber Crane Paperback – 25 June 2021
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- Publisher : Odyssey Books (25 June 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 266 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1922311227
- ISBN-13 : 978-1922311221
- Dimensions : 14 x 1.52 x 21.59 cm
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Malve von Hassell gently weaves history with personal sensitivities, rule-breaking with integrity, future with past.
Amber is the catalyst in the story and as Peter explores his skill and understanding of the valuable resin, we learn also the importance of guilds in the lives of artisans, and the human cost of war, not just on those fighting on the front lines, but those left to pick up the pieces in regions devastated by its impact on trade, agriculture, and the guilds. Lioba shows Peter that even in the face of great adversity, there is always hope. Amber shows them both how to let hope carry them forward into an uncertain future.The author’s writing style throughout is fluid. She manages the two time periods with a deft hand. While the tale is not immediately gripping, the flow of story follows Peter’s journey and shares his discoveries and awakening in a way that stays with the reader. I love a story that hangs around in the head, provoking thought, understanding, learning, and hope long after I’ve read the last word.
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Malve von Hassell brings us dreamscapes of endurance and light amidst the twin horrors of the Thirty Years and Second World Wars she has thoroughly researched. Peter harnesses the magical properties of his secret amulets, which catapult him into time travel and the parallel settings of 1644 and 1944. Despite a backdrop of unspeakable devastation, this is not a dark tale. As Peter discovers the healing power and protective energy of amber, his adventures invite us to laugh out loud as he is dumbfounded by everyday household implements. We gape as he does at industrial progress. In the end, we grasp that curiosity, empathy and resourcefulness can transcend boundaries of time and circumstances of birth.
Something I liked:
THE AMBER CRANE is inspired by true events, and this really gave me a connection to the characters from the start.
Who SHOULD read it?
Anyone who likes satisfying endings.
Anyone who likes the element of time travel.
Who SHOULDN’T read it?
Anyone sensitive to the mention of rape.
Roxy Eloise’s added insight:
You do not need to be interested in military history to enjoy this novel. It is just set during war and doesn’t read like a history book. It is very well written and clearly the work of an experienced writer.
If you like to travel back in time, enter new worlds and meet compelling characters, I highly recommend The Amber Crane. Even though the author Malve von Hassell is a serious scholar with a Ph.D., she doesn’t force feed the reader with historical facts. Rather, she deftly weaves the history into the storyline so that the challenges facing the characters are a natural consequence of when and where they were born. This seamless integration of the historical context and plot was so skillfully done that I re-read some chapters, just to see how she did it!
Von Hassell weaves two distinct time periods together : the Thirty Years’ War fought in the 1600’s and World War II. Peter and Lioba, the two protagonists, are separated by time but united by their shared humanity and friendship as well as their fierce will to survive. The reader can’t help but think about the parallels between the two eras and the devastation of war. Refugees are forced from their homes and people are frantically trying to protect their families in both story lines.
I loved the many subplots that von Hassell braids together – Peter’s coming-of-age story and his relationship with his traumatized sister, his struggle to pass the Guild test, the mystery of the amber, and the travel to the future to help Lioba. I loved this book and highly recommend it!