Crispin: At the Edge of the World

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Crispin and Bear are enjoying the freedom that took so long to come. However, it's not long before they're on the run again and facing danger.

Crispin and Bear are enjoying the freedom that took so long to come. However, it's not long before they're on the run again and facing danger. Crispin and Bear must run from the men who believe that Bear is a traitor of the Brotherhood. Struggling to keep their freedom and especially their lives, the duo heads off on a long journey. Along the way they meet some very cruel as well as some very helpful people. Including, Troth, a disfigured girl, who becomes part of the "family".

 

"Crispin: At the Edge of the World" by Avi, is the thrilling and adventurous continuation of the first journey. During the book, Avi illustrates what fate has in store for Crispin and his friend and almost father, Bear. Along the way he describes the love, pain, knowledge, and ignorance Crispin experiences. Crispin begins to learn how loving as well as evil all men can be. As well as the brutality of war and the hope in religion. He also feels the strength in the love of his family, (Bear and the newly introduced Troth). Crispin also uncovers only part of the truth in the world he hasn't nearly begun to discover. The truth, even behind Bear's history.

 

This book was really intriguing and suspenseful. Avi leaves each chapter off at a point where you just absolutely have to read on. From running through forests, to discovering new things, to experiencing an awful storm at sea, this book really keeps you hooked. Avi also has created some very unique characters that make the book that much more interesting. The setting back in the fourteenth century, was also something new for me to read. As always, I think Avi wrote a great book. However, I thought it ended a little too quickly and was kind of short. (In other words, "Give us more! We want more! It's that interesting!") Maybe the quick ending is on purpose for a possible third book?

 

I would recommend this book for both boys and girls. It's probably best for anyone 10 and up. I say anyone because it's a great read for kids and a interesting quick read for adults! If you enjoyed the first one, you'll most likely enjoy this one. For adventure, suspense, and uniqueness, read "Crispin: At the Edge of the World by Avi."