Ronia, the Robber's Daughter Paperback
Ronia lives with her father, a robber chieftain, and his band of men in their fortress on the top of a mountain.
On the night Ronia was born, a bolt of lightning split the stronghold in two, leaving a huge chasm - Hell's Gap - in between. Soon Ronia is old enough to explore the forest around her, but she must beware of the grey dwarfs and wild harpies that live there.
One day she meets Birk, the son of a rival robber leader who has claimed the other side of Hell's Gap, and upon whom Ronia's father instantly declares war. Ronia and Birk develop a friendship that is as indestructible as the mountain fortress itself.
But with their families sworn enemies they are forced to keep their friendship a secret until one fateful day when Ronia's father catches Birk ...prompting Ronia and Birk to escape into the woods and fend for themselves. How long can Ronia and Birk survive in the magical forest? And will their fathers ever put aside their differences to get their beloved children back?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 01/07/2010
- Category: Adventure
- ISBN: 9780192789945
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Review by boppisces
First published in 1981. Ronia is born into a clan of robbers, who live in a woodland castle called Mattis's Fort, in Scandinavia. She is the only child of the chief, Mattis. On the night of her birth, their castle was split in two parts by a lightning bolt. One day a rival clan of robbers, the 'Borkas', set up house in one half of the castle, and the strife between the two clans intensifies. Ronia's has made friends with Birk Borkason, the only son of the enemy chieftain, Borka, and the only other child she has ever met. After saving each other's lives a time or two, the two become close friends. After her father disown's her due to their friendship, Birk and Ronia run away into a cave in the woods where they survive well enough until the winter comes...Being a great fan of Pippi Longstock, I probably expected more of this book than was fair. Ronia just does not compare to Pippi at all. However, it is a good tale of friendship, as well as choosing another path from your parents.