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Cheesy Okay Read To Pass The Time But Once I okay read to pass the time but once I reading it I found out that I was pleasantly surprised Of course depending on what your expectations are for what makes an enjoyable read your mileage may varyThis book is about a bird war The basic premise is that there is a bird alliance of city birds sparrows pigeons crows etc who suddenly find their territory contested by a group of predatory birds hawks falcons etc who have been displaced from their forest home by human expansion The birds talk to each other they are not mutant birds or highly evolved the birds only understand each other and there is no communicating with other animals or humans and they plot and plan struggling how to survive this intrusion and maintain their way of life This is the classic many times told story of an underdog taking on a great enemy where a strong leader is removed and another seemingly at first unlikely hero rises to take their place There was a lot of things that I enjoy in an epic story great battles there are plenty of aerial dog fights in this one death and sacrifice for a cause betrayal and redemption and findingrecognizing strength in yourself and others The author tries to relay some of the things humans do and the human environment from a bird s perspective and I enjoyed how the birds interact with these things based on their understanding Another thing I liked was that each chapter has art depicting one of the named birds so you have a visual reference on how a Cardinal Swallow Osprey and such look like So enjoy this for what it is or don t I m glad that I found this book discard in a book give away bin Man I was so excited about this book when I saw the cover but there is reason they tell you not to judge a book that way The plot is fine a tiny swallow ends up being the ey figure in a a war between Boston s songbirds and an invading group of raptors The book flap describes it as a re imagining of the classic hero story set in the city of BostonWhat went wrong First of all I think I can count on two hands the number of adjectives in the book Everything is driven by dialogue with some action thrown in between I think it s trying to be fast paced but it just comes across as lacking For a book with all birds as characters we learn very little about the types of birds portrayed There are pictures of the different types of birds at the head of each chapter but no The Good and Beautiful God key to the pictures and no descriptions within the book If you don t alreadynow what they all look like you are going to have to find out for yourselfLastly the names just drove me crazy Half of them a taken from Norse mythology and half are just random words or a combination of lettersif you now a id already obsessed with birds this is probably a great book but otherwise it s for the birds Yuk yuk WOW Just WowSo We have Boston as the setting for an epic feathered battle a whole flock of characters and loads of problems being thrown at our feathery friends When the Talon Empire is forced from their homes they decide to move to the city where the Feathered Alliance had ept to themselves so far but the two groups can t seem to be able to live together peacefully Ragtag a plucky little Swallow thinks he nows how to help but no one seem. Warring birds battle over the city of Boston in an action packed fantasyIn this engrossing story for older middle graders hundreds of birds of prey have been driv.
Karl Wolf-Morgenländer Â 8 reviewAn army big enough to wipe out Boston s entire bird population in the course of a few daysIt s as though the author wanted to entire bird population in the course of a few daysIt s as though the author wanted to epic battles like Brian Jacues Redwall series but wanted to preserve the birds as birds like the rabbits in Watership Down instead
of having them carry weapons and wear clotheshaving them carry weapons and wear clothes the end result that this book is a morass of boring dialogue in lieu of scene setting or plot with random birds that don t even display proper birdlike behavior ie the evil raptors are so evil they The Horse in Celtic Culture kill little birds for fun but there s no mention of them ever eating their prey because gosh I guess that s too violent and gruesomeI also have the sneaking suspicion that the author didn t do any real research at all about birds Pigeons and swallows fly very different from sparrowhawks and falcons because of the difference in the size and shape of their bodies and wings but you d think that every little bird is the cheetah of the skies the way they outfly and outmaneuver the raptors Not to mention all the times when oh noes the raptors miss the little birds by a talon length and instead just shear off some tail feathers Tail feathers are vital to the way a bird flies and losing one so violently in midflight is bound to have conseuences on their aerial capabilities All right enough I didn t need or reuire exhaustive encyclopedic descriptions of aerial avian maneuverability but I m no expert and even Inow this and when you re presenting a book about birds as birds I expect them to ACT like birds These don t They hop and fly and that s about all the birdness they display There was even a point where some city birds are captured and are beginning to starve because their raptor captors promised to bring them berries to feed them Excuse me BERRIES Really In the middle of Boston these little sparrows and pigeons and cardinals expect the raptors to bring them BERRIES as if BERRIES are an easily obtainable staple of their everyday dietAHEM Anyway yes 1 star for being boring way too padded with dialogue and worst of all claiming to be epic tale of bird VS bird warfare I read this book since my younger brother owns it It s simplistic vocabulary is for the younger generation and I enjoyed it for a simple uick reading I don t see the point in rating it based on other mature books since it was written for the teens and below Besides my brother really enjoyed reading it Ragtag is a swallow living in Boston His mother is the representative of the swallows to the city wide bird government The Feathered Alliance The city is being attacked by the Raptors an alliance of falcons hawks and other meat eating birds This has a good cover although I wish it was just a touch lighter and it s a good readalike for the animal adventure genre Warriors series Oppel s Silverwing series Personally
it s not my genre I m not real Recommend to fans of The Guardians of GaHoole and Warriors seriess not my genre I m not real Recommend to fans of The Guardians of GaHoole and Warriors series battles between the Feathered Alliance and the Bird of Prey are fast paced Ragtag is a young sparrow who is continuously ignored and put down so is somewhat withdrawn from the politics and old ways of the Feathered Alliance but demonstrates his leadership and ingenuity as he attempts to save the city of Boston from being taken over by raptorsI love the references to the human. Tors Soon the Talon Empire and the Feathered Alliance are at war and as the battle ensues an unlikely hero emerges to defend his home a young swallow named Ragtag. S willing to listen Now it s up to one little Swallow to save the city from the Talon Empire if only the others would listen The book being a lethal combination of poor research insulting language and pretentious plot was one I could not finishhttppussrebootscomblog2018comm Ragtag is
a young swallow who belongs to the featheredyoung swallow who belongs to the Feathered a group of various birds dedicated to living in peace in the city of Boston When a large group of strong evil birds members of the Talon Empire are forced to leave their homes due to human destruction of their land they decide to take over Boston If the Feathered Alliance does not surrender to the Talon Empire they are told they will be illedbut surrender is not an option for the Feathered Alliance They Bravely Decide To Face Alliance They bravely decide to face Talon Empire to fight for their freedomBecause the Feathered Alliance is made up of swallows pigeons mockingbirds and other small birds they now that it s not going to be easy to defeat the Talon Empire which is made up of hawks falcons ospreys and When the Feathered Alliance s leader is Every Boys Dream killed Ragtag can hardly believe that other members look to him to take over especially when he was once viewed as an outcast Will he be able to lead the alliance to victoryThis is a story full of suspense that is told entirely from Ragtag s perspective Readers are right along with him as he flies through the air and through the Boston Public Library and fights other birds Suggest this book to anyone who enjoys animals and a good battle The birds who live in the city of Boston are under seige An empire of falcons hawks and other raptors are advancing from the west Nothing stands in their way except a small swallow named Ragtag who is an outcast among the city birds It s only when Ragtag discovers and helps an injured eagle that the city birds realize they have a chance But the eagle vanishes forcing Ragtag and his friends to go on a uest to find the only ho This book had neither heart nor soul and would have been only half as long if it hadn t been padded to death with boring dialogue I mean COME ON Inow where the stupid birds are going already and *What They Re Doing I *they re doing I t need them endlessly talking back and forth at each other about how they re going to go here and do this and while they re on the way there they talk about where they re going and why and when they get there they talk about why they re there The ENTIRE BOOK is like thisNot to mention that all of the characters from Ragtag the protagnist to Tattler the side character and even the evil birds of prey aren t even two dimensional They re one dimensional They re not even cardboard Ragtag is supposed to be the plucky rebellious slightly foolish young bird who succeeds against all odds but instead he s just an annoyingly stupid little birdThere s no real plot The evil birds are coming Oh no The Feathered Alliance will be broken because the evil raptors are going to enslave them allAnd therein lies the biggest problem of this book The birds don t really act like birds I can buy that all the non raptor citybirds formed an alliance to look out for each other fine with some interclan scuffles But I just can t buy that solitary and territorial birds of prey all form the Talon Empire and allow themselves to be ruled by an osprey forming. En out of the Berkshires by encroaching human development They head toward Boston which is already occupied by the birds of the city but that won’t stop the rap.