Monday, September 17, 2012
"The Quill Pen" by Michelle Isenhoff: Book Review
However, The Quill Pen, while set in a long-ago seaside village is not historical fiction per se it is a venture into fantasy. You see, the quill is a feather pen of magical qualities - it is capable of writing without true ink events and happenings of the future and they do transpire as written.
Micah is a young teen boy held under the domineering and stoney thumb of his unfeeling father. Micah wants a different future from that which his father has planned, and Micah sees how the feather/quill pen can be the instrument of his attaining this different future.
Characters in the story: Widow Parsons, a sharp-tongued lady; Gabby and her family, outcasts from village society because of an issue of race; Micah, tormented by the possibility that he will have to accede to his father's planned future for him.
Middle school readers will find themselves enjoying the conversations and actions of the characters as they are exposed to the beautiful, fluid writing style of Michelle Isenhoff.
I enjoyed reading The Quill Pen but was expecting more of a historical fiction from the pen of Ms. Isenhoff. I usually do not read fantasy, but found this fantasy enjoyable and I would recommend it.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of The Quill Pen by the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.