Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review of Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale by Donna Jo Napoli

Read for: Mount TBR
Synopsis: "Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in mediæval Ireland -- but all of this is lost the day she is kidnapped and taken aboard a marauding slave ship. Thrown into a world that she has never known, alongside people that her former country's laws regarded as less than human, Melkorka is forced to learn quickly how to survive. Taking a vow of silence, however, she finds herself an object of fascination to her captors and masters, and soon realizes that any power, no matter how little, can make a difference.
Based on an ancient Icelandic saga, award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli has crafted a heartbreaking story of a young girl who must learn to forget all that she knows and carve out a place for herself in a new world -- all without speaking a word."

My Review: I was expecting a little more from this story. It is a good story but very slow moving with not much happening. You don't develop much of a connection with the characters but can appreciate the research that went into writing this tale. It was a nice break from books that move too quickly but not one that I would be able to appreciate in every mood. I am a little curious as to the original story this book was based upon and might have to track it down.
My Rating: There really wasn't much to keep a reader's interest but thankfully it was short enough just to keep reading and finish. I was a little curious as to where the story would go but it didn't really give me anything in the end. I give it a rating of Two Paws.


  1. I read this one a long time ago and can not for the life of me remember it. That's not good. I do remember being intrigued in the original story.

    1. I did see your review and I think we had a similar opinion on this book.