Free online listen to The Barren Grounds (The Misewa Saga #1) audiobook by David A. Robertson and narrated by Brefny Caribou-Curtin . Are you a David A. Robertson fan ? if yes you will love The Barren Grounds (The Misewa Saga #1) audiobook. Now lets try to play the audio and leave a comment about this book.
1/For context: I read this book because it was listed on our district’s Battle of the Books list for this year. I’m trying to read as many as I can. Although I am an adult, I do enjoy reading YA/middle grade fiction, especially fantasy.
My reaction: I did not expect to be drawn into this story so quickly, but I found myself unable to put it down (although I did make myself). It captivated me so much that I began talking about it with other teachers, students, and friends & family.
The Barren Grounds reminded me of several of my all-time favorite stories growing up (in a good way). It’s easy to see why certain elements drew a connection to The Chronicles of Narnia (particularly The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe), and I loved that. One of the main characters is a fan of fantasy books as well, but at the beginning, has a lot of (justifiable) anger that reminded me of Meg Murray from another lifelong favorite, A Wrinkle in Time.
2/Read this book over a long weekend. Fantastic mixture of Cree culture and Narnia that draws the reader in. After I was done reading, I felt an ache that I couldn’t quite explain. It deftly explores the effects that foster care and the loss of culture has on children and the importance of feeling at home.
3/Great First Nations story but also so interestingly written in a way to appeal to fantasy lovers as well as those who don’t read much in that genre. I thought it portrayed the fantasy genre so intelligently through the eyes of Morgan (a lover of the fantasy genre), experiencing her own venture into a fantasy realm. It was just ‘self-aware’ enough to make it feel like a great intro to fantasy. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the story is rich and the characters are compelling. Great read!