Reviewed by Ryan L. (age 10)
I like Ranofer because he remains faithful and loyal to his fatherís teaching and has dreams of becoming a goldsmith. Becoming a stonecutter would ruin Ranoferís hands and he would not be able to work with good detail needed to create fine gold jewelry. Instead of giving up he resolved himself to change his circumstances. Ranofer stayed strong under hardship. Ranofer needed guidance in right and wrong and both the memory of his fatherís integrity and his close relationship with the wise man called ďAncient,í help build his moral character. He hated being forced into stealing for Gebu and resolved himself to change the situation. Lastly, I like the story because it was very exciting. Ranofer is always taking great risks to discover clues about those using him for their personal gain.
I recommend this book for those who like adventure while experiencing hard circumstances, which you cannot control. Ranofer is an example of holding on to your dreams, though the situation seems almost unbearable, and remaining loyal to the wisdom of those whom influenced you in the past. I recommend this book for those interested in critical thinking. Ranofer pays close attention to details like the weight of the gold shavings and the language markings on the golden goblet. By critically analyzing these details and the motives of those around him the clues emerge that lead to major discoveries that change Ranoferís destiny.