Hoffman, Barry Curse of the Shamra, 325 pgs. Gauntlet Press, 2009. Language - G, Sexual Content - G; Violence - PG; It was supposed to be the best day of Pilla's life and as close as it would ever get to Dara's. The beautiful day was ruined when they were invaded and taken over by the Trocs. Dara escaped into the swamp with some others, but she's the only female among them. She's also the only one with wits enough to lead. Though Dara is strong and courageous, she won't be accepted easily and winning their land back will be even more difficult.
In war, there has to be casualties, but I resent this fact of book writing. Some Shamra died, but I loved being with Dara as she helped others survive. Dara is an extraordinary, if somewhat impatient, leader that I found myself looking up to her with as much respect as the Shamra she rallied. I am very excited to continue with Dara on her new adventure in the sequel.
HS - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: CCH