Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood #WinterReads


29361219A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills some call the Razorback Downs…

Podkin One-Ear is a legend: a fearsome warrior rabbit whose reputation for cunning and triumph in battle has travelled the ages. But how did he become such a mighty fighter? The answer may surprise you… When a travelling bard arrives at Thornwood Warren on Midwinter night, he is warmly welcomed. In return for food and lodging, he settles down to tell of how Podkin One-Ear – and soon the rabbits are enthralled to hear the story of how one lost little rabbit overcame the cruellest enemy imaginable, and became the greatest warrior their land has ever known.

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Fantasy

Review: Podkin One-Ear is a beautiful book. It’s one of those books that you curl up with (ideally under cosy blankets) and take your time to enjoy. The narration and story wrap themselves around the reader so you don’t want to leave the adventure until there are no more pages to turn. And not to be left out the illustrations from David Wyatt, which I found myself gazing at for a good few minutes.

One of the things that is clear is that while the story is called Podkin One-Ear, it isn’t just about Podkin. It’s about his older sister (who is smarter and stronger and if tradition wasn’t in the way would have been the heir) and his little brother (who is very young) and new friends these three make along the way. It’s about all of these rabbits and their battle with the Gorm.

I loved the writing and story instantly, but adoring Podkin wasn’t quite that easy. He’s not the most likable rabbit at the start of the story but I think that’s what makes the whole journey of the book better. Though Paz (his older sister) being side-lined will never quite sit right.

I believe there will be more tales from Podkin One-Ear, which I’m pleased about because I certainly want to read them, but you can enjoy this story as a standalone. It’s the beginning of Podkin’s legend.

Recommend it?


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