The Gardens of Dorr by Paul Biegel
A classic masterpiece of middlegrade fantasy by the author of The King of The Copper Mountains
Dorr was once a city of merriment, music and dancing. Now it lies grey and silent under the spell of the witch Sirdis. When a young princess arrives in Dorr on a secret quest, she finds a town full of mystery, magic and danger. As she meets with a succession of strange, funny and frightening characters, Dorr’s true history, and the true nature of her quest, become clear through the stories they tell each other. Can the princess find the gardens of Dorr and free the city from its evil enchantment?
By turns beautiful, thrilling, frightening and comical, The Gardens of Dorr is a richly detailed, unforgettable fantasy adventure, considered by many to the crowning achievement of one of Europe’s most beloved children’s writers.
Book Review by Kelly Lacey
The tale is brilliantly crafted and illustrated. With each page, readers are whisked away on a grand adventure, surrounded by stunning images and thrilling suspense. Author Paul Biegel takes us through all of the kingdom’s vivid lands, each brought to life in such a way as to be virtually tangible. The complex, lively characters that inhabit Dorr and their amusing misadventures make the story shine even brighter.
At the heart of the story, readers find a poignant exploration of themes of hope and loyalty that any reader, young or old, can appreciate. Biegel uses elements of fable and fairy tales to drive the narrative while providing a more modern exploration of self-empowerment and positive thinking.
All in all, The Gardens of Dorr is a beautiful piece of fiction. Every bit of it has been carefully considered and assembled to create a gripping and satisfying reading experience. Whether for personal or academic use, this enchanting book should not be missed.
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