Thirteen winters old, Wild Horse and Blue Bird must prove their skill and bravery. Together with a sabre-tooth cub, they set out on the most dangerous adventure of their lives. They must fight spear, tooth and claw to survive.
I wasn't sure about this book at first I looked at it and then didn't give it much of a second thought but then something brought me back to it. My 12 year old daughter likes fantasy type reads and has been enjoying the Spirit Animals series so I thought why not this has a tiger in it. Well that is where the similarities sort of ended.
This book was set in prehistoric times which was quite interesting and my favourite character was that of a Sabre Tooth Tiger. The book follows the story of 13 year old hunter Wild Horse and a young girl named Blue Bird. Wild Horse is challenged by his cousin Zuni to find the lost daughter of another chef and bring her back to prove who is the better hunter.
As it turns out Blue Bird does not want to be found so Wild Horse has to use every skill he has to track her down. It showed how strong a character Wild Horse is and I think he really was a better and stronger Hunter than his spiteful cousin Zuni. Blue Bird too is a strong character and together they make a good team. It was nice to see the two of them working together to go after Blue Bird's dead mothers tribe. I think Wild Horse made the right choice and that made me more happy with the story's ending.
All in all a good read, however my 12 year old really wasn't interested at all, she read the first five chapters and proclaimed that it was too boring so for that I have to mark it down a little bit in personal choice. I'm also not sure I would pick it up and read it again but it was a nice book to read for an afternoon.
I'm never to sure about books or movies that take place in 'cavemen' times, especially when the female characters are generally a prize but I like the blurb about this book and so asked to review it.
Blue Bird is struggling with her lot in life, she is the daughter of her tribes chief, the daughter raised like a son until her father finally gets a son. Unhappy with her life and loathing her step-mother, she decides to run away and try to find the tribe that her birth mother came from. Wild Horse is still living in the shadow of his dead elder brother and trying to prove himself whilst having the competition of his cousin Zuni. The two intertwine when Wild Horse goes after Blue Bird to bring her home and ends up deciding to join her.
Each chapter alternates from Wild Horses point of view to Blue Birds, but I wasn't paying any attention to that, figuring it out when I was already halfway through the book and then forgetting it rather quickly as it just didn't matter who's point of view I was reading, it was easy to pick that out from the change in language. The plot itself is good, and whilst it was a rather quick read for me, it was still a fun book that had a good amount of fast and slow paced moments.
All in all I enjoyed this book, whilst I don't think I'd be reading it again any time soon, I like how Blue Bird gets half the book and is a strong female character, one to keep on the bookshelf for the kids for sure.
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