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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Teeth of the Gale
  • Joan Aiken
  • English
  • 01 December 2017
  • 0152060707

The Teeth of the Gale[KINDLE] ✾ The Teeth of the Gale ❂ Joan Aiken – Essayreview.co.uk Now eighteen, Felix sets out across the mountains of Spain to rescue three children kidnapped by their father Along the way, he hopes to see his true love, Juana, who has entered a convent But his res Now eighteen, Felix sets out across the of the ePUB ↠ mountains of Spain to rescue three children kidnapped by their father Along the way, he hopes to see his true love, Juana, who has entered a convent But his rescue party The Teeth eBook Ô is being followed, and Felix fears he and the children are being led into a trap.


About the Author: Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken was a much loved English of the ePUB ↠ writer who received the MBE for services to Children s Literature She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and short storiesShe was born in Rye, East Sussex, The Teeth eBook Ô into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry , and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war, and Teeth of the ePUB ´ then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children s books and thrillers For her books she received the Guardian Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award Her most popular series, the Wolves Chronicles which began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the worldAnother series of children s books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series Others including the much loved Necklace of Raindrops and award winning Kingdom Under the Sea are illustrated by Jan Pie kowskiHer many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane FairfaxAiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye now a National Trust property This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E F Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories Aiken s father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.


10 thoughts on “The Teeth of the Gale

  1. says:

    The resourceful teenager of Bridle the Wind has, five years later, turned into the resourceful young man of this, the final volume in the Felix Brooke trilogy, but though its speedy, almost perfunctory ending seemed to suggest the way was open for a follow up, this was sadly not to be A pity, as Felix is an engaging if slightly humourless character, and well matched by the prickly Juana, the object of his attentions.As with Bridle the Wind and its predecessor Go Saddle the Sea, this volume is s The resourceful teenager of Bridle the Wind has, five years later, turned into the resourceful young man of this, the final volume in the Felix Brooke trilogy, but though its speedy, almost perfunctory ending seemed to suggest the way was open for a follow up, this was sadly not to be A pity, as Felix is an engaging if slightly humourless character, and well matched by the prickly Juana, the object of his attentions.As with Bridle the Wind and its predecessor Go Saddle the Sea, this volume is set in early 19th century Spain following the Napoleonic Wars, now riven with rival political factions as the author s own Afterword helpfully tells us Felix is persuaded to go on a mission to rescue the kidnapped children of a nobleman, but all is not as it initially seems even though enough clues are presented to the honest young man along the way The action ranges from Galicia in the north west, across the Basque Country and Pamplona to the lands south of the central Pyrenees, thus covering some of the ground familiar from Felix s earlier adventures, latterly with Juana Joan Aiken captures much of the intrigue that 19th century historical novels are rife with, not to mention the jeopardy inherent in climbing precipitous mountains, staying in isolated villages and coping with dangerous wild animals such as bears Even for someone like me who is not over familiar with this part of the world or is halting in the language, the colour she brings to her setting and plot seem authentic enough, and though we know this is fiction it has enough plausibility for the reader to believe it could almost be true And, perhaps in a final nod to Jane Austen s Northanger Abbey which Go Saddle the Sea referenced the climax of the tale is set in a ruined castle much as Catherine Morland imagined it What, is it really a castle, an old castle The oldest in the kingdom But is it like what one reads of Exactly the very same But now really are there towers and long galleries By dozens Familiar from most of Joan Aiken s fiction is the delight a mature reader may garner from all the little period details that could pass by a younger or less experienced reader the flavour of 19th century writing, the use of Spanish terms and phrases, the references to local history and topography, the ordinariness of much of the everyday events which renders the extraordinary, when it happens, less incredible She also does not avoid the reality of unhappiness and death by shielding the target audience from their existence so be warned some characters you might invest empathy in do not survive In common with herwhimsical tales, such as the Dido Twite novels or the fairytale short stories, there are recurring motifs, such as death by falling from a great height, but unlike, say, Bridle the Wind there is little magic realism, Aiken here preferring to simply narrate an exciting tale of adventure and derring do.It s evident that Aiken was keen to resolve some of the loose ends left dangling at the close of Bridle the Wind, especially whether Felix manages to re connect with Juana It s not a modern romance, and Aiken doesn t choose to sugar coat the relationship it s not as unresolved though as the situation in the Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence where we are left to wonder if Dido and Simon marry If not as strong a work then as the previous two in the trilogy there is still much to enjoy and if the mark of a good novel is that it is worth reading again, I shall certainly be keeping The Teeth of the Gale on my shelves for a re visit, along with the others in the trilogy.____________________________________ Charles Kingsley also refused to unite Tom and Ellie in nuptial bliss in The Water Babies, on rather spurious grounds And of course Tom married Ellie My dear child, what a silly notion Don t you know that no one ever marries in a fairy tale, under the rank of a prince or a princess

  2. says:

    Loved loved LOVED this historical series by Joan Aiken Highly recommended

  3. says:

    The main character jumps from age thirteen in the preceding book of this series to eighteen in this, so I suppose it should be YA, but the earlier books seemed clearly middle grade, so I d still call it middle grade, though I think it would appealto slightly older readers I still love Felix, but I loved himas a twelve and thirteen year old than eighteen Oh, well, children do grow, and he needed to be older for this one to end the way it did, but I won t spoil it Again, Aiken pull The main character jumps from age thirteen in the preceding book of this series to eighteen in this, so I suppose it should be YA, but the earlier books seemed clearly middle grade, so I d still call it middle grade, though I think it would appealto slightly older readers I still love Felix, but I loved himas a twelve and thirteen year old than eighteen Oh, well, children do grow, and he needed to be older for this one to end the way it did, but I won t spoil it Again, Aiken pulls off great adventure with lots of danger and surprise, really enjoyable to read while I was sick But, like Saddle the Sea, the last page just stops without a feeling of ending Weird last sentence, I thought, almost like she didn t quite finish the final draft Well, some writers are great at beginnings and middles, some better at endings Still a delightful read

  4. says:

    Loved this It was a bold move to move on several years and make Felix a young man in this book I was surprised, and then delighted The multilayered characters are wonderful The setting and attention to historical detail whether faithful or not is engrossing.

  5. says:

    A good read at any age.I read this trilogy as a teen in the 1990 and over 20 years later it is still a good read I feel as if I was in Spain during that time and am part of the culture Once I started reading I could not stop.

  6. says:

    I m so sad that there aren t anybooks in this series I love Felix and his companions, his grandfather, and the beautiful countries that are much of the charm of this series So much adventure and drama, and even a touch of sweet romance They just don t publish books like these any but hey, at least this series is still in print

  7. says:

    Another young adult novel, this one set in early nineteenth century Spain, and also part of a trilogy in this case, the last The series follows the mis adventures of orphan Felix Brooke, bastard son of an English soldier who turns out to have been the second son of a duke and a Spanish noblewoman, in a Spain wracked by poverty, crime, war, political problems, and evil of all stripes warning there is a lot of disturbing content, like severe child abuse, random murders for no particular Another young adult novel, this one set in early nineteenth century Spain, and also part of a trilogy in this case, the last The series follows the mis adventures of orphan Felix Brooke, bastard son of an English soldier who turns out to have been the second son of a duke and a Spanish noblewoman, in a Spain wracked by poverty, crime, war, political problems, and evil of all stripes warning there is a lot of disturbing content, like severe child abuse, random murders for no particular reason, for whom no one is ever punished, and torture Aiken is a wonderful writer, and it is fascinating to follow Felix s psychological development from a callow 13 year old to a mature young man ready for grave responsibilities as a husband, father, and manager of large estates This book is the weakest of the series the best is the second one, Bridle the Wind , but still excellent Grade A

  8. says:

    This final book in the series just didn t do it for me like BRIDLE THE WIND However, it s important to note that a 3 star Joan Aiken book still has the power to surprise and to shock This writer is not afraid to go to very dark places, but it s still quite appropriate for younger readers There were some excellent musings about the injustices that people suffer in this world I felt that the historical details were mostly meaningless to me, and they weighed sections down like lead The charact This final book in the series just didn t do it for me like BRIDLE THE WIND However, it s important to note that a 3 star Joan Aiken book still has the power to surprise and to shock This writer is not afraid to go to very dark places, but it s still quite appropriate for younger readers There were some excellent musings about the injustices that people suffer in this world I felt that the historical details were mostly meaningless to me, and they weighed sections down like lead The character interactions were bland, except for Pedro, who was always entertaining I felt like you could see the plot twists from far away EXCEPT when Joan pulls the rug out from under you At least twice

  9. says:

    A fine conclusion to a set of fine adventures I love how Felix consults with God in all his adventures It s so natural and instinctive I think the middle novel was the best in construction and execution, but if you read one, you have to read them all They are quick reads.

  10. says:

    I m still not sure why I enjoyed this trilogy so much, but I did Immensely readable, although I would have enjoyed onechapter in this book.

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