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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by James Ponti

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Junior Novel) by James Ponti
Publisher: Disney Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 8+
Length: Short Story (148 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

When a young prince is framed for the death of his beloved father and the king of Persia, he must prove his innocence with the reluctant help of a conquered princess and a magic dagger that can reverse time.

It’s rumored that he killed his father, but no one is sure. Then there are the pesky princes who want to ruin everything for the sake of power. Now add in a beautiful princess and a handsome hero. You have the makings of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Packed with action and mystery, this book is sure to grab every reader within the first few pages. James Ponti writes in a quick pace that never lets up. The descriptions are rich with detail, making me feel like I was wandering the Persian deserts alongside Dastan. On each page there are characters that I wanted to see succeed and others I wanted to see falter.

My favorite part of the story was Dastan’s determination to be his own person and to clear his name. The notion that a man good in heart and soul will gain the respect of his peers is a great lesson for children to learn, as well.

The plot twists and turns captivated me. I never knew what would happen next. There’s a nice mix of magic and mysticism, giving the story a dreamlike feel. I loved the pluck Dastan displayed in order to fulfill his destiny. He’s a good hero and role model to follow.

If you want an action packed story for a lazy afternoon that lends itself to a second and third reading, then you need to grab a copy of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. I give this story 4.5 suns.

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