“Sarah C said: 3.25 stars
This is the sequel to the book "Chains." At the end of that book the main character Isabel rescues Curzon from prison. This book is told from his point of view. Set during the American Revolution, Curzon a runaway slave, who signs up to join the army during one of the coldest winters. He and Isabel parted ways, but he has no idea if she is even alive. He is truly fighting for his freedom until his past catches up with him and threatens that freedom.
So there are things I liked about this book, and things I didn't. I wasn't fond with the change of main characters. Isabel drops out completely till the end. I found her character to be much stronger than Curzon. What I did like was how this particular point of view made me see this time in history in a new way. You get to really see how desperate things got, especially because it was winter. And because this was told from a slave's point of view, freedom takes on another meaning. Apparently there is going to be another book. I hope it has the two main characters in a more united capacity, I think they are better when they are together.
Cora R said: 4 stars
Forge is the sequel to Anderson's Chains. This novel begins where Chains ended. Forge is told from the point of view of Curzon, an African American teenager who finds himself in the Continental army the winter it was camped at Valley Forge. Life at Valley Forge was hard. Soldiers had very little food, inadequate shelter and very little supplies. Some soldiers spent the hard winter with no shoes or other articles of clothes. For Curzon, a former slave, it was even more treacherous. I really enjoyed this book. It did a very good job describing the conditions of the ordinary soldiers at Valley Forge. I did like Curzon, although I missed the perspective of Isabel (the character whose perspective Chains was told in). I did prefer Chains, but that was because there was more excitement going on in New York. Life was pretty monotonous for the soldiers at Valley Forge, so it was harder to be drawn into the events of the story. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to middle school and young adult students that want to learn more about the revolutionary war and what it was like for African Americans during that time - both slaves and free men and women.”