Burdney by Nicole Sager: A Book Review

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Age Appropriate For: 13 and up for violence, some mildly scary scenes
Best for Ages: 12-20
Description: When a villain's grand scheme takes flight, who will rise up to clip their wings? Years after an act of betrayal lowers a dark cloud over Burdney, Lady Agatha seeks vengeance and respect, while her sister, Aeryn, chases after freedom and peace. When a young slave named Epic arrives at the Mizgalian castle disguised as a nobleman in need of shelter, the conflicted youth soon finds himself caught in a web of intrigue that reaches further than anyone suspects. In a race against time and doom, Blunt the minstrel must travel to Burdney for the vindication of a condemned friend. When his travels take an unexpected turn - and sometimes even go in circles - the Arcrean bard must learn to trust that God is always in control. Secrets and deception lie in wait around every corner, until a conspiracy is revealed that will wage a battle for hope and justice on the grounds of Burdney.

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I’m so happy to finally be catching up on Sager’s works. Her stories are some of my favorites. This book was even better than Hebbros.

This story has a few things going on, but unlike a few times in Hebbros when I was a little confused, this story was clear and all the characters were so different, I had no trouble keeping them all sperate. Each character was unique and fun.

While I loved the main story, Symone, a side character had me laughing, but also touched my heart. I love how things worked out for her. Each character was interesting and had depth, that’s one of the reasons I love Sager’s books.

The plot of this book kept me on the edge of my seat, which for such a long book is hard. I didn’t want to stop reading for a moment. I wanted to know what was up with those birds and who was plotting against whom.

The setting is a very mild fantasy, devoid of magic, but with a country and history all its own. If you’ve read any of Sager’s other works, you know what I mean. It was fun to see some old favorite characters again, as well as meant new ones.

As always, the faith aspect of the book was powerful. The importance of sharing your faith, the value of life, God’s redemption, as well as other important truths are woven in.

I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy non-magical fantasy, faith-building stories, and clean reads.

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