The Dark Hills Divide is a simple fantasy book directed to children that has captivated my heart in more ways than I imagined. I do not know why I am so in love with this book; it has the same basic elements of other fantastical children stories and it doesn’t really deviate itself from the norm. But the seaming of the lovable characters, the mysterious setting, and the adventure was so well done that it become a beautiful work.
We see from the point of view of Alexa, a gusty and curious girl who wishes to venture out of the walls that surround Bridewell. She had always wondered about what lies outside and her being close to Warvold, the founder of Bridewell and the greatest adventurer of all time, isn’t helping at all.
Warvold and Alexa were having one of their walks when Warvold suddenly tells her this strange poem about the Blind Men of Indostan. She is bewildered by this but doesn’t really ponder on the poem (which is actually a clue to the identity of the antagonist as she later finds out). Warvold then murmurs on whether the walls he built around Bridewell was to keep the monsters out or to keep them in before promptly dying. Thus begins Alexa’s tale filled with uncertain allies, talking animals, and dark secrets.