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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Take the stories of knights on horseback, armies defending the Queen, and those crusader-type stories from the 11th and 13th centuries, now place them in another world and you have The Art of Forgetting. Rhodri is a young boy, found in the woods, who no one quite knows what to think of. He has a perfect memory, but the people are scared of him, so life in his village is rough. Enter the King's Third army troop and Rhodri's life is about to change forever. You follow him as he joins the army, trains, and becomes a good solider. Watch as he makes new friends, grows, and creates a relationship with someone much older than himself. Joanne Hall does a wonderful job of writing so that you forget this takes place on another world for the most part; it could be the story of anyone of the 11th to 13th centuries.
Joanne Hall is a wonderful writer and has done a beautiful job in crafting a fantasy story that almost feels like a historical novel. The Art of Forgetting is set on another world, with two moons; yet for most of the book you almost forget that, focusing solely on the army life of this young boy and his friends. If you like the adventures of the crusaders, the bravery of the knights, and romance of the early centuries, then you will enjoy this novel. It brings all those elements together, places them on another world, and adds some modern romantic situations to make for a compelling new novel.