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"Shield of Stars" by Hilari Bell is about Weasel, a "semi-reformed pickpocket." As his newly-found friend, Arisa, and himself unite on a quest to rescue Weasel'

"Shield of Stars" by Hilari Bell is about Weasel, a "semi-reformed pickpocket." As his newly-found friend, Arisa, and himself unite on a quest to rescue Weasel's master, Justice Holis, they go on a search for the Falcon; a dangerous bandit who is their only hope of stopping Holis from hanging.

 

"Shield of Stars" investigates the true, deep down nature of humans. Does it pay to care about others? This is the question that Weasel must face, time and again, and only when he can answer it will he truly be at peace. This great beginning to the Shield, Sword, and Crown Trilogy intertwines suspense, danger, wisdom, and humor to create a masterpiece of a fantasy novel.

 

If you've never read Hilari Bell before, you should know that she is a former reference librarian, here in Denver, Colorado, who quit her job to write full time. Bell compares with such masters as J.K. Rowling, Lloyd Alexander, and Rick Riordan. Once you read one of her books, it's hard to go back to other authors, who dim in comparison, no matter the quality of their writing. I have found a new favorite author in Hilari Bell.

 

I would recommend this book is good for 7th grade and up, because of the use of some language, as well as slightly inappropriate content in other books in the series.