Book review: The Key of Braha, by Bryan Perro, translated by Y. Maudet

Perro, Bryan.  The Key of Braha. (Amos Daragon series, #2). Y. Maudet, translator. Delacorte Press,  2012.  $16.99. ISBN 978-0-385-73904-7. Ages: 8 – 12.  Q7P9

perro-key-of-brahaThis book was originally written in French and I am not sure if it’s due to translation or was written this way by the author, but it’s a little rough/rushed.  A lot of information is put in a small amount of content with abrupt transitions.  It seems as though the author wants to explore other avenues the story could have gone, but then stops to stay on track with the current story line.  With that said, the story is very original using un-original characters from various mythologies and legend.  At the back of the book there is a Mythological Lexicon giving a brief description of the Gods and Creatures the author used to create the story.  This book is the second in a series, but can stand alone if the first book is not read.  Perro references the first book in a manner that does not impact the storyline of the second book.

Verdict:  Really enjoyed the exploration of multi-cultural mythological deities and creatures, but struggled with the narration flow.  I don’t feel compelled to read the first or further books into the series.  Students of the middle grades could enjoy this book and may enjoy it more than I did because they may be more flexible in their reading/writing styles.

October 2016 review by Terri Lippert.

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