Kingdoms of the Wall Book Summary and Study Guide

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The story takes place on a middle-ages type Earth-like planet with mostly humanoid people. The only thing that sets them apart from men is that they can do minor shapechanging, such as elongating their limbs. Poilar Crookleg lives in a village on the base of the Wall, a huge range of mountains. It is the annual custom of the village to send forty strong young people to the summit of the mountain to converse with the gods who live their and bring their new knowledge back to the village. However, most never make it back, and those who do are crazed.
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    Poilar and his brilliant childhood friend Traiben vow to reach the summit. When their time comes, they set out determined to succeed. Poilar is the natural choice for leader, and he and the others pass through the many and difficult Kingdoms of the Wall. Each new realm offers new challenges and lessons to learn. The mountain range is big enough to be a world unto itself. Many do not make it, but Poilar and Traiben know that what they find on the top will change them and their society forever.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Mountains A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   weird alien sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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