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The ruby key, by Holly Lisle

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The ruby key
Title
The ruby key
Statement of responsibility
by Holly Lisle
Title variation
Ruby key
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Language
eng
Summary
In a world where an uneasy peace binds Humans and Nightlings, fourteen-year-old Genna and her twelve-year-old brother Dan learn of their uncle's plot to gain immortality in exchange for human lives, and the two strike their own bargain with the Nightling lord, which sets them on a dangerous journey along the Moonroads in search of a key
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  • Gr. 6-10 /*Starred Review*/ In this strong opener to the Moon & Sun series, which is also a welcome first children's novel from seasoned fantasist Lisle, 14-year-old Genna and her brother are swept into a tricky bargain with an otherwordly lord. Humans in the village of Hillrush and nightlings in the forest have held an uneasy truce for centuries. But when Genna and Dan meet a nightling slave, they learn the truce is meaningless: Banris, the village head, has struck a deal with the nightling lord, Letrin, to trade his people's lives for immortality. The siblings and rebel nightlings concoct a plan to defeat their corrupt rulers, and Genna brokers a deal with Letrin that involves locating a nightling in hiding. The world Lisle creates is as distinctive and intriguing as any real place, with a complex history, well-developed societies, and a strong sense of magic. Many readers will find Lisle's creative embellishments of fairy lore especially arresting. Binding it all together is Genna's forthright, first-person narrative of the risky adventure, through which she remains steadfast even as her duties expand beyond her personal desires. Though one plot is resolved, hints of a possible romance for Genna and the promise of a larger catastrophe will leave readers clamoring for the next installment. -- Hutley, Krista (Reviewed 05-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 18, p57)
  • Gr 5–8— Gennadara and her brother, Danrith, live in the primitive village of Hillrush and are surrounded by danger. Like other humans, they can go out only in daylight, and they have an uneasy truce with the nightlings, creatures of the nearby forest who only come out after dark. All are ruled by Letrin, an arrogant and powerful being who lives in a kind of underground fairy mound. Genna and Dan's father is thought to be dead, and the children are terrified of their evil Uncle Banris, who conspires to marry their very ill mother. When the siblings sneak out at night to milk sap from the taandu trees to cure their mother, they are catapulted into a series of wild adventures involving a young nightling, a talking cat, magic moonroads, and plenty of beasties and ghoulies. They must find a young man named Doyati to save their family and the villagers from death at the hands of Letrin. While the book offers enough requisite fantasy elements—a seemingly impossible quest, plenty of magic, poetic language, and brave young protagonists—the plot twists need too much overt explanation to ring true, and the overly complicated fantasy structure sinks under its own weight. The nightling is an intriguing character, but her facile ability to smooth over difficulties strains credulity.—Quinby Frank, Green Acres School, Rockville, MD --Quinby Frank (Reviewed June 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 6, p145)
  • In this first volume in a new series, the dwindling human race clings to a tenuous peace with the fairy-like nightlings, years after a fateful epic battle. Fourteen-year-old (human) Genna and her younger brother Danrith stumble into this conflict one moonlit evening when they encounter a forest nightling who warns them that their uncle has made a bargain (involving their murder!) with nightling Kai-Lord Letrin in exchange for his immortality. Genna and Dan immediately travel to Arrienda to bravely cut their own deal with Letrin to save the lives of their family and fellow villagers. What follows is an often-suspenseful journey through moonroads and shadows haunted by a grotesque monster worm, warrior ghosts, demon dogs and worse. A sharp-tongued cat offers rare comic relief along the way, though the abundance of fond observations of cat behavior seems excessive. Lisle's overall clean, casual style sometimes clashes with both a stiffer formality and the occasional bafflingly convoluted sentence. Still, fantasy fans will find both a satisfying adventure quest and the lively coming-of-age story of the reluctant heroine Genna. (Fantasy. 11-14) (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
264203
Cataloging source
sa
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lisle, Holly
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
860L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Moon & Sun
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Voyages and travels
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Locks and keys
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The ruby key, by Holly Lisle
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Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
361 pages
Isbn
9780545000123
Lccn
2007030217
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The ruby key, by Holly Lisle
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
361 pages
Isbn
9780545000123
Lccn
2007030217
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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