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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Declaration, the Sword & the Spy: Epic Order of the Seven Series, Book 6 is a work of fiction in the historical and animal adventure subgenres. It is intended for younger readers upward and was penned by author Jenny L. Cote with this audiobook version narrated by Denny Brownlee. As we follow the continuing adventures of the Epic Order of the Seven, a team of animals helping some of history’s most famous names to succeed in the fight for American Independence, new dangers arise from unexpectedly close sources. Covering the events from March 1775 to July 1776, we watch the revolution brewing from a unique animal perspective as the Declaration is penned and waits to be made official.
In terms of storyline, this really is a historical epic that younger readers could spend a long time learning from and living through each exciting chapter. I could see the work being utilized in the classroom and indeed at home for youngsters to understand the complexities of the fight for independence from a very accessible perspective, and author Jenny L. Cote does wonders to make that experience accessible and exciting for all the family. Fans of cinematic writing and stories with pure patriotism at their core need to look no further than Cote to satisfy their every need.
In terms of its audiobook presentation, I really enjoyed the whole arrangement of the work, complete with sound scaping and musical effects here and there to enhance the drama and bring history to life. Narrator Denny Brownlee brings confidence and vibrance to each character and situation, and it often feels like a particularly enthusiastic history teacher is telling you the story with great gusto. Overall, The Declaration, the Sword & the Spy is a superb slice of history, mystery, and adventure that’s not to be missed.