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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Voyage of Gethsarade is a work of fantasy fiction written for young adults and was penned by author M G Claybrook. Focused on the importance of accepting and understanding our differences, this traditional animal-based fantasy tale envelops its moral purpose within an epic tale of adventure, forming the second novel in The Elderwood Chronicles collection. The tale begins with Sangareth, a squirrel who captains a vessel and is persuaded into a challenge by his fierce enemy, Barrogan the black rat. On his journey to find a mythical place with magical promises, the tale of the identity of Gethsarade unwinds, with much mystery and self-discovery along the way.
Most enjoyable for young adults at the younger end of the teen spectrum, this delightful and daring tale of adventure has much moral and entertainment value. Author M G Claybrook writes in the great tradition of authors like Brian Jacques and Richard Adams, giving his cast of characters strong, relatable emotions, family ties and bonds of honor so that readers will find themselves supporting and falling in love with the flawed heroes of this tale. The descriptions are vivid and exciting, bringing bygone days of derring-do back to life, with adventure, risk, and heroism keeping the plot moving along at an excellent pace. Gethsarade’s discovery of himself and his sense of alienation are also sensitively explored with a great deal of emotional intelligence. Overall, The Voyage of Gethsarade is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys lavish, epic fantasy and well-realized and enjoyable animal characters.