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A new person must fill the throne of Dalemark, and the person who finds the crown of Dalemark will get the throne. Mitt is a man who is searching for someone to fill the throne of Dalemark. The throne of Dalemark has been empty for two centuries.
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A girl named Maewen goes back in time through the assistance of special powers to help find someone to fill the throne of Dalemark. There is a soon-to-be queen named Noreth that looks identical to Maewen. When the queen disappears, Maewen takes her place. Maewen leads Noreth's people to find the four tokens that will allow her to become the queen.

Maewen and Mitt begin a search for the ancient crown of Dalemark. Whoever receives the crown of Dalemark gets the throne of Dalemark. They find the crown of Dalemark with the ruler of Dalemark. Mitt receives the crown of Dalemark. Mitt becomes the new king and begins his reign by trying to build Dalemark to be a better place.

Maewen goes forward in time to her present day. She is followed by men that want to kill her because she stopped them from getting the crown while in the past. Mitt is still alive in present time because he finds out that he cannot die. Mitt saves Maewen from the men that want to kill her.

Maewen and Mitt fall in love. In the end, Mitt leaves and they decide wait four years until Maewen is old enough to be together. However, Maewen realizes that she doesn't want to wait to be with Mitt. She decides to find him and be with him.
Best part of story, including ending: What I liked about this story was that a new king was to be crowned. I liked the search for the crown of Dalemark because the crown gives someone a throne.

Best scene in story: I liked the part where Maewen goes back into the future. It was exciting that someone came to the future from the past to hurt her because she thought that no one in the future wanted to hurt her.

Opinion about the main character: What I liked most about Mitt and Maewen was that they each deserved the crown of Dalemark. They were very humble when one of them received it.

The review of this Book prepared by Alex Peterson a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Time Travel:    -   into past and future equally Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Story largely takes place in    -   Present (early 21st century)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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