Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Pandora Gets Angry - 5th in the Pandora series
Author: Carolyn Hennesy
ISBN-13: 978-1-59990-440-5 (Hardcover)
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Youth Mythological Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 9-14
Year/Setting: Ancient times, Baghdad
Overall Rating: 4.5
Carolyn's Website: pandyinc.com
Pandora, AKA Pandy, continues her quest to recapture the evils she selfishly yet inadvertently set free. So far she and her friends Alcie, Iole, and Homer have captured four evils and numerous lesser evils. Now they are in a land where rocs (birds of prey) control the immortal jinns and genies, who in turn serve the mortals.
On their way to locate and contain rage, Pandy’s grief at Hera’s trickery is deep. Alcie is dead. Homer blames Pandy and now Iole is so sick she may not live much more than a few more rotations of the sundial. Plus they are slowly learning that their gods have no power to help them (subtly, of course) in this dry hot land of Persia.
What great fortune that Pandy and her small entourage come across a caravan of sorts. It’s here that their adventures begin as an old acquaintance (Mahfouza) is met. Through her they meet a wise and almost mystical physician and his (cute) son Doubon. Prisoner though the physician is, he is the only one who can heal Iole…
That would be so cool to have at least one of her BFFs by her side to kick some rage butt.
Of course it’s not going to be that simple! Alcie’s time and adventures in the underworld is explored and she tries to find a way back to her friends and Homie. Pandy and friends go beyond the boundaries of bravery as they traverse through The Garden of the Jinn where treasure and death awaits and no man ever returns. And did I tell you they must try to outsmart rage all the while getting their butts a little battered, too? But you don’t think that’s all there is to the story, do you…?
Obviously Ms. Hennesy’s imagination and flair for drama is working quite well, but it’s the other elements that she adds to the story with deft ability and some sensitivity that makes this story, this series, a must read; humor, friendship, trials, perseverance, hope, and new-found maturity.
Pandy is a great friend, a wonderful companion for any young reader; maiden, goddess, or otherwise.
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