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Score: 6.3/10  [1 review]
2 out of 5
ProdID: 2032 - Maddigan's Quest
Written by: Margaret Mahy

Maddigan's Quest
Price:
$21.99
Available:
January 2006
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I don't know if the world counts as the world any more, not since the wars of the Destruction...

We're the leftover people going between the leftover places.

In a time not far from our own, a colourful group of travellers brave the twisting, tricksy landscape of the Remaking, after Chaos ripped the world apart. They are the magicians, clowns, trapeze artists and musicians of Maddigan's Fantasia, healing the injured land with their gifts of wonder and laughter.

Garland Maddigan, the 12-year-old daughter of Ferdy, the Fantasia's ringmaster, has made the trip before, but this journey offers frightening new challenges. Three mysterious children join the Fantasia and the sinister strangers who follow them become a dangerous enigma as Garland slowly unlocks their secret origin.

Margaret Mahy is one of the world's best-loved authors, writing wonderfully funny children's stories and ground-breaking novels for young adults, thrilling millions of readers.



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Review by: anistasya (Beaulah)
Dated: 10th of March, 2009

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This Review: 6.3/10
Price:
Score 8 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 5 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 7 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 5 out of 10

I admit, I bought Maddigan's Quest because it had a cool cover. I am really into stories about young heroines at the moment, and on that count, this story certainly delivered. Garland is a plucky young girl who holds her own through the many trials she faces, learning and growing from each experience. The support characters are well defined and it is easy to care for many of them, from young Boomer, Garland's somewhat jealous best friend, to Timon and the blooming adolescent romance between him and Garland. The story was a very easy read, clean and wholesome and only dragging a couple of times in the middle.

I guess I was probably just too old to properly appreciate the way Maddigan's Quest was written. It seemed like a series of episodes which sort-of strung together, but didn't contribute all that much to the final goal except to act as settings for character development and markers along a physical journey from one place to another. Absolutely perfect for the subsequent television series, but somewhat odd in a novel.

My final conclusion, as you can probably see, was somewhat ambivalent. It wasn't a book I would choose to pick up again (though I did subsequently watch the television series - which made some of the plot points a lot clearer). In the end, I am not really sure whether there was something wrong with the story, or whether it simply wasn't my style.

You'll just have to read it and decide for yourself.

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