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A magical night and a squirrel who falls from the sky starts off this epic tale of good versus evil. When the king and queen lose their only son and an innocent Captain Crispin is found guilty, chaos erupts. A plotting couple within the highest ranks use evil and wine in an attempt to make the king lose his followers. Urchin and his friends must save the island from the corrupt couple, by will, prophecy, and destiny. Urchin soon goes in search of the exiled Captain Crispin for Urchin's own safety, but if one of the island leaves by water, they can never return by water. Urchin of the Riding Stars by M. I. McAllister reveals how an ancient evil is cleansed, how squirrels can fly, and how truly precious is freedom.

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I LOVE, LOVE, THE MISTMANTLE CHRONICALS!!!!!! im surprises not many people have heard of it.

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Parental Guidance

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There are some descriptions of evil, and nightmares as the consequence of evil. The characters drink wine on occasions and some get drunk. Little animals who have any deformity at all get culled, meaning they are drugged and killed. The characters have their own religion, calling their deity the Heart. (One of the main characters is the priest.) There are also some prophecies.

List of Characters

  • The Heart

Hedgehogs

  • King Brushen
  • Hope
  • Needle
  • Scufflen
  • Queen Spindle
  • Thripple
  • Prince Tumble

Moles

  • Fig
  • Gloss
  • Jig
  • Lugg
  • Moth

Otters

  • Arran
  • Fingal
  • Padra (Captain Padra, Padra the Plodder, Padra the Pathetic)
  • Tay

Squirrels

  • Apple
  • Lady Aspen
  • Crackle
  • Captain Crispin (Captain Crispin the Exile)
  • Brother Fir
  • Gleaner
  • Granite
  • Captain Husk (Lord Husk, Husk the Triumphant, King Husk)
  • Sepia
  • Urchin (Urchin of the Riding Stars, Urchin of Mistmantle, Urchin the Adventurer)
  • Urchin's Unnamed Mother
  • Whisper

Swans

  • Lord Arcneck

Map

  • Mistmantle
    • The Tower
      • Spring Gate
      • Gathering Chamber
      • Dungeon
    • The Old Palace
    • Anemone Wood
  • Swan Isle

Prophecies

  • Urchin's Prophecy as a Baby: "He will bring down a powerful ruler."
  • Captain Husk's Prophecy: "I will be all powerful. But the one that falls from the sky must be destroyed."
  • Captain Husk's Prophecy Part Two: "Fear nothing until squirrels fly through the skies."
    • Reprise: "I need fear nothing until squirrels fly through the skies."
    • Reprise: "Fear nothing until squirrels fly through the air."
    • Reprise: "Squirrels flying through the air."

Trivia

  • Apple puts a new item in her hat every day.
  • After the ruling hedgehog family dies out, it is a squirrel's turn to be royalty.
  • Each animal is known for something different, as an old saying goes "As loyal as a hedgehog, as determined as a mole, as bright as a squirrel, as valiant as an otter".

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