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Judgment, The

by (author) Clem Martini

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
General, Fantasy & Magic
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2006
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9


In the third and final novel of Feather and Bone: The Crow Chronicles, Kyp and the remains of the flock emerge tattered but alive from their fiery ordeal in the human colony. Pursued by the vengeful Kuper and his fanatical Collection, they flee south, outnumbered and exhausted.

Flying through a strange land, where food is scarce and unknown enemies lurk, Kyp and the flock search for an elusive haven. This is a time of terrors and dark omens, when crows hunt down fellow crows. The life or death of the deeply divided flock depends on Kyp's decisions. Does he have the wisdom to decide well and grow from popular hero to mature Chooser? The world of crows is turned upside down in the epic battle that follows his Choice.

About the author

Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter with over thirty plays and nine books of fiction and non-fiction to his credit, including Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, winner of the Calgary Book Award, and his most recent anthology of plays, Martini with a Twist. He has served on the boards of numerous writing organizations including the Alberta Playwrights Network, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs. His texts on playwriting, The Blunt Playwright and The Greek Playwright, are used in universities and colleges across the country. He is currently a professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.

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Editorial Reviews

[T]he story lends itself to Martini's philosophical musings on freedom, group dynamics, leadership, and the consequences of actions - and how all of these elements interact. Not only are these musings sophisticated, with something enlightening to say about the process of building a life, but they are also intriguingly multicultural ... Martini certainly manages to strike a harmonious balance between storytelling, philosophizing, and imparting information about the imaginary crow society ... In terms of style, The Judgment and the other books in the “Crow Chronicles” could be ... compared with the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. In both series ... the authors ... make real their fantasy worlds and ... explore the realities of those living there.

CM Magazine

Readers ... will enjoy the newest in the series.

Toronto Star

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