The Well Between the Worlds

The Well Between the Worlds

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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Eleven-year-old Idris Limpet, living with his family in the once noble but now evil and corrupt island country of Lyonesse, finds his life taking a dramatic turn when, after a near-drowning incident, he is accused of being allied to the feared sea monsters and is rescued from a death sentence by a mysterious and fearsome stranger.
Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780439934695
Branch Call Number: LLEWE
Characteristics: 339 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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Oct 24, 2017

The land of Lyonesse is sinking. The poisonous water beneath is rising up through the wells, bringing monsters up with it. As a result of *not* drowning after accidentally falling from a great height into the sea, twelve-year-old Idris of Westgate is condemned to death by the Town Captain, accused of being a "Cross" -- part human, part monster. Thrown into a watery cavern and left for dead, Idris is rescued just in the nick of time and whisked covertly away by a mysterious stranger into an unknown future.

This is a fresh, quirky twist on Arthurian legend, recommended for middle-school-aged readers who may wish to try some light fantasy. I would have liked to learn more about the nature of the world within the wells, its beastly inhabitants and their perception of this "upper" world where humans reside. Perhaps this will be explored more deeply in the second book.

As a child, Sam Llewellyn heard Welsh versions of the Arthurian legends. As an adult, he wrote about them in his two Lyonesse books (the second one is called Darksolstice). I had previously read The Once and Future King by T. H. White, and so had a good background to see how the two legends intersected. It's a fascinating and exciting retelling of an old legend - and if you know nothing about King Arthur, enjoy this as a fantasy series, because it is an excellent example of that as well!

Dec 07, 2010

Pretty good book, can get confusing and boring at some parts but a nice, well-written novel that is worth reading

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