When I was a child growing up in Scotland, one of my favourite books was Watership Down.
I loved the way Richard Adams shared animals (rabbits) in their natural habitats, while still offering a tale through eyes that we (humans) could enjoy.
It also educated me in the hierarchy of nature.
In the book An Eagle’s Heart, Scott Butcher has perhaps written the closest thing to Watership Down while still standing on its own.
The tale of two small birds that show strength and loyalty beyond their size, An Eagle’s Heart is a book that is truly for all ages (though some scenes may be a little distressing to younger children).
The way Butcher builds the characters, teases the story out until you realize you’re at the end before you know it (always the sign of a great tale), and how he weaves between the animal story and the human story running alongside makes this a new classic in the vein of the 1972 book from Adams.
On a blog post announcing the book, one commenter mentioned it reminded him of Watership Down, and this seemed an apt comparison for this review.
If you like books that educate in the ways of nature, while telling a gripping story that rewards loyalty, bravery and – above anything else – standing up to help others who need it, then An Eagle’s Heart will probably become one of your new favourite books.
About the reviewer: Danny Brown is a podcaster, occasional writer, and full-time husband and dad. He doesn’t read anywhere near as much as he should, but his wife is working on that.