E. J. Dabel
Sea Lion, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
ooks featuring animals have always been a staple of fantasy, and E. J. Dabel brings a new one to the mix.
is the story of an all-white half mouse/half rat who has been raised by a farmer for fifty years. When the farmer's assistant tortures Albino one night, he escapes and finds himself way off the farm.
ntil then, he had only known the world of humans, but he is quick to learn that the animal world fears him, calling him an abomination. However, there are those that think he is more, that Albino is the one who will triumph over the dark power that has kept them in fear for so long. With many out to kill him and those who want to protect him disappearing left and right, it will the biggest fight Albino has ever seen in order to reach his destiny.
is an engrossing tale, full of action. Younger readers will love this new animal hero, but older readers may stumble over some of the areas that need polishing. E. J. Dabel shows good promise in this genre, and leaves the ending open for a sequel.
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