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Tanner, Lian. Battlesong: Icebreaker, Book 3.

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Tanner, Lian. Battlesong: Icebreaker, Book 3. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, 2017. 304p. $16.99. 978-1-250-05218-6.

In a post-apocalyptic land where people survive without knowledge of past technology, "Fetchers" preserve heritage and artifacts of the past. Teenage Gwin, and her sightless brother Nat, are Fetchers who, along with their father, travel the countryside to entertain and enlighten others. Like all Fetchers, they are being hunted by Devouts. Gwin's father gets captured, and rescuing him takes Gwin inside a mountain, up a monument, and to new heights of performance. Within the songs and stories that Gwin knows lie hidden truths that can help restore their world. Struggling against the Devouts and the villainous Brother Poosk, who press children into service, the starving citizenry must rise up against the Citadel to take back their families and rights.

Battlesong is the action-packed final book in Tanner's Icebreaker trilogy, following Icebreaker (Macmillan, 2015/VOYA August 2015) and Sunker's Deep (Macmillan, 2016). Petrel, Fin, Sharkey, and the mechanical Captain, familiar characters from the series, return along with Mister Smoke and Miss Slink, the heroic, talking rats. The new setting on land works well, and Tanner's use of an eclipse cleverly refers to Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The weakness of the series is that characterization of the Devouts conveys a stereotypical anti-religious undertone that is too common in much contemporary fantasy. Nevertheless, this imaginative series is engaging and contains valuable themes about the love of parents and the importance of helping others. Like a Fetcher, Battlesong offers a narrative to help in times of tribulation.--Amy Cummins.

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Author:Cummins, Amy
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2017
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