A fun, fast-paced mash-up of classic detective fiction and urban fantasy with a dash of dystopia.
Me: An enchanting, mythical, romantic and adventure-filled story about stories that is ich with characters, world building, and storytelling of the highest order. The NYT: not so much…
An enjoyable middle grade novel, if a little thin in the world building. But perhaps that is the age/genre. Would recommend for young readers.
Despite its disturbing nature, its strong characters, thought provoking and suspenseful plot, and unexpected ending make it a worthwhile read. A novella that packs a punch in a few words.
A famous literary author creates a very weird and paint-by-numbers comic/graphic novel. Well done illustrations can’t save this one.
It is an artful yet rather depressing novella about a family dealing with the pending death of their father. The grief brings out both love and a difficult past. The tension ratchets up the conflicts and relationships.
Starts a little slow but picks up by the end. It is middle grade so has a simplicity necessary for younger readers. I listened to it on audio so not sure if that impacted the way I engaged with it. I liked it but didn’t love it.
It is a fascinating blend of history, magic and drama with religion, politics and family dynamics thrown in. Arden balances the old world’s magic and the new world’s religion well, and treats each seriously or at least with a sense of history. The characters have depth and personality even when they are not central focus.