Total Hours to Read: 4 ½
--Average pages per minute: 1.32
Sex/Romance: Some very light romance.
Violence: There is some violence, war (both WWII and a fictional war), death, murder, and none of these things are taken lightly. (There is some light gore as well.) Really, a big point of this book is how those things affect the main characters in the short- and long-term.
Thoughts: Alright, look. I get that The Chronicles of Narnia is a lot of allegory and metaphor, but as a child it was simply a magical story that I had some issues with. My main issue? How in the heck did the Pevensie children not throw an absolute FIT when Aslan told them they would never get to come back to Narnia?! If I found a magical world, lived and reigned there as I grew into an adult and then was thrown back into my own world as a child again with no promise of ever being able to return...I would lose it. There is no way I would be able to cope, and I would do absolutely everything I could to find some way, any way back. This book seems to be evidence that at least Ms. Weymouth has similar feelings/questions.
The author creates a beautiful fantasy world that pulls you in and then she abruptly yanks you out of it, leaving you feeling similar to the protagonist. I loved how she structured the story and arranged the chapters to create the same sense of longing for a return that so haunts our main protagonist.
Several very serious topics were handled very soberly, including depression, PTSD, and self-harm.
There are three siblings that find a magical world together, and not only they but their friends and loved ones are all developed as characters so well as they grow and change by themselves and in their relationships.
The sibling relationships were notably well-written, especially between the two sisters.
Did I cry?: Yes. This was a 4 tissue book.