The Falconer’s Daughter
N K Ashworth
Random House, $20.00
It almost goes without saying that novels for the young adult or teen reader are about the quest for personal identity. I challenge anyone to name a book where this could not be argued. The Famous Five, I hear you say? I stand corrected. However, coming of age, blossoming into adulthood, bildungsroman, all of these terms generally come to mind when dealing with novels for this age group, and this is no bad thing. After all, the formation of identity is an essential part of a young person’s growth, and this gives writers ample opportunity to address the matter of personal development and self-identification, sometimes through metaphorical means – such as fantasy quests – and sometimes by tackling the harsh reality of life in the world out there beyond the bedroom window. The two novels dealt with here not only tackle these matters, they take them to the next level.
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