|Plot Summary of Westmark|
|"In the kingdom of Westmark, a printer's apprentice named Theo suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the law when police loyal to the scheming, authoritarian Chief Minister Cabbarus threaten to destroy his master's printer, and his master fights back. He is forced to flee the capital city, and makes friends with a showman and his servant, and they are later joined by a street girl named Mickle, who has a very mysterious past. After a series of adventures, they are captured by Cabbarus and learn that the power-hungry Chief Minister is manipulating the king, who has been grieving for his dead daughter for six years, and that he wants them to play a part in his rise to power. "
Rob, Resident Scholar
|"Cabbarus, the chief minister, has practically taken over the government, ording things that the King would never think of doing. Theo escapes the town he grew up in as a criminal because he published a pamphlet without getting clearence for it and because he almost killed a Royal inspector. After escaping he runs into Count Las Bombas and Musket, the people who wanted the pamphlet published, and they travel together. In another city they meet Mickle, a street theif with a mysterious past. Theo decides to leave Count Las Bombas and wants to ask Mickle to come with but doesn't. Later Theo meets Florian who wants to over throw the government. "
Kat Jen, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Westmark|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Coming of age
- an adult (general)
Political power play
- factions fight within govt for control
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
- accused criminal
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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