At the homeschooling convention this past summer, I heard several workshop speakers rave about the historical fiction books by GA Henty. I love incorporating living books into our curriculum, so I purchased a few from Amazon when I returned home. We haven't had the opportunity to read any through the school year, so a few weeks ago, I picked up The Dragon and the Raven to read for our pleasure reading before bed.
We were not impressed. I hate to admit it because I've heard such rave reviews, but I thought the book was very dry and documentary like, and the kids' opinion was that we were "doing school" at bedtime. I almost always plow through and finish a book, and several times we've kept reading and changed our opinions, but I just had to give up on this one. After having to stop and explain what was happening after each paragraph or so, I was tired.
Perhaps, we're just not ready for the reading level yet (although we've read some pretty hard stuff) or perhaps I didn't give it long enough to become interesting. Or maybe we're just uneducated folks who too much enjoy a good "fluff" book. Please forgive me, Charlotte Mason. But, we've dropped The Dragon and the Raven for a good Redwall read. I'll be reviewing Lord Brocktree soon.