It was Mouse who found the box.
A boy destined to lead his clan; a girl raised by wolves; a stranger with a sealed box. These are the elements of this powerful novel, set on a rocky northern coast in a distant time, in a small community who live in dread of the coming of the legendary warrior tribe, the Dark Horse. Told in part by the boy, Sigurd, himself, it is a dark and dangerous story of conflict and betrayal.
This was one of the books I read during Dewey’s Read-a-Thon
The book tells the story of Sig and Mouse. Sig is the son of a former potential leader of their village and Mouse is his adopted sister. Found some years previously by the villagers living in a cave with a pack of wolves. Sig and his family soon become protective of their charge, especially when her special powers start to come to the fore. The bond that forms between brother and sister is put to the test, when first a stranger comes to the village, with a strange box, starting a chain of events that eventually leads to Sig having the responsibility of the future of the thrust upon his young shoulders as the threat of the Black Horse looms nearer.
I’m really not going to keep going on about Marcus Sedgwick’s ability to weave a tale so rich in atmosphere it’s almost tangible, because, you know, trying to be at least somewhat original in my reviews. But. Sod it. He’s bloody good at it. So I’m going to.
Sedgwick, uses two narratives to tell the tale, one following things as they happen and one from the POV of a main character, looking back on the events. This weaving technique, works really well, and slowly feeds you the information you need at the right moment, without ever revealing too much. This is as ever with Sedgwick, good compelling writing, and while it is not my favourite of his works, I don’t think many would be disappointed if the Sedgwick they read for the first time was this one.
Buy, The Dark Horse from Amazon.