Coriander Hobie is a child of two worlds. Daughter of a merchant in 17th-century London, this strong-willed, perceptive girl suffers at the hands of her Puritan stepmother who brutally tries to "bring her back to the ways of the Lord" and break the liberal spirit fostered in her by her exceptional mother. Daughter too of that fairy princess, lion-hearted Coriander battles the forces of the wicked Queen of the magic land to free the King from an evil spell and rescue a prince from a terrible fate. As she fights to reclaim her heritage in both worlds, armed with conviction in her own identity, Coriander must find a way to have the life she chooses without giving up either of her two homes.
Part historical novel and part fairy tale, this work will captivate readers with its riveting and detailed parallel storylines, its intriguingly drawn characters, and, above all, its engrossing first-person narration, made believable by its formal style and old-fashioned turns of phrase. Confident heroine Coriander's voice comes through loud and clear and will touch and inspire all readers.
Note: The extreme psychological and physical cruelty to which the heroine is subjected may be frightening for some readers. The historical endnote gives useful context for readers unfamiliar with Commonwealth England.
I, Coriander was a gripping and exciting story of a girl belonging to two different worlds. It's eerie and reminds me a bit of Coraline but it's also a great book. Coriander has a strong voice and I was under the covers with a flashlight wanting to know what happened next the whole time. A really great book!!!!
Coriander's family is an oddity- always a little different, always on the outskirts of society. Even Coriander has always found her family a bit odd- from her mother hiding a pair of shoes in a locked box and slipping the key into the mouth of an alligator to her father refusing to bury his wife in the churchyard when she dies. But they are a good family, and Coriander wants little in life but to wear a pair of shoes that her mother insists are not meant for her.
I actually read a review of this book on this site and, while I thought it sounded okay, I did not exactly rush out to get myself a copy. Rather, I checked it out of the library two weeks later and returned it unread. A little while ago I checked it out again and, this time, actually read it- it was a sweet story.
I think this is an ideal book for someone between the ages of ten and twelve.