31 July 2008

Red Butterfly -Noyes

I struggle when reviewing this book because I realize what the author was trying to portray but it took reading the history behind this book before understanding the content. The whole book seemed to just be a sad princess being sent to marry a king in another country and her pleading not to go. She seems to be a victim of an arranged marriage and the story begs for you the reader to be sorry for her.
After reading the history I had to reread parts to see that despite a death penalty as a possible consequence she sneaks the precious secret of silk out of the country so she can have it in her new home. It just wasn't clearly stated because of its poetic nature. I would encourage the publishers to put the history first so the reader has it as background before reading the story. Neat story otherwise.