Lloyd Alexander is one of my favorite authors - read this one and you'll see why. First: the story carries you along with it. Second: It provides a wonderful explanation of the craft of story making and telling. Third: It's based on those myths which are universal throughout our world - from Greece, Rome, and Crete but also from American Indians and Europe and probably a lot more I couldn't identify. Through in a dash of the more modern ones like Wizard of Oz and The Lord of the Rings and this story is a truly interesting, magnificently well done narrative.
Lucian is on the run from a pair of murderous soothsayes. Joy-in-the-Dance knows magic and marvels, and is on a quest. Fronto is a poet-turned-donkey who wants to break the spell that turned him into an animal. The three of them join forces and set out through Arkadia-- on an amazing trip that will change their lives.
This is a cute children's story with accordingly cute voice acting. Very enjoyable for younger children and even young adults. Fans of Harry Potter audio cassettes should love this story.
"Meet Lucian, en engaging young bean counter who's about to be put to death by a pair of villainous soothsayers. His headlong escape proves to be a collision course with Joy-in-the-Dance, a girl of marvels and mysteries--sometimes hotheaded, sometimes affectionate, but always spirited and resourceful. And the trio is completed by Fronto, a poet turned into a donkey, whose loyalty is a strong and tough as the hide of a jackass..."
Steeped in myth and magic as old as the ancient Greeks but sparkling with wit and wisdom as fress as tomorrow, this is an unforgettable storyteller's tribute to the most time-tested and marvelous of tales."--from the jacket flap.
This book was pretty boring to me. I did really like the setting and all the details described, though.