Set in an imagined past, this dark fantasy-adventure is for fans of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. Features Jemma, a fiery-headed heroine held captive in Agromond Castle, yet destined to save mist-shrouded Anglavia.
Fiery-headed Jemma Agromond is not who she thinks she is, and when the secrets and lies behind her life at mist-shrouded Agromond Castle begin to unravel, she finds herself in a chilling race for her life. Ghosts and misfits, a stone and crystals, a mysterious book, an ancient prophecy—all these reveal the truth about Jemma’s past and a destiny far greater and more dangerous than she could have imagined in her wildest fantasies. With her telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, and her trusted friend, Digby, Jemma navigates increasingly dark forces, as helpers both seen and unseen, gather. But in the end, it is her own powers that she must bring to light, for only she has the key to defeating the evil ones and fulfilling the prophecy that will bring back the sun and restore peace in Anglavia.–Description from Goodreads
I fell in love with her two rats, Noodle and Pie. Telepathic rats? Awesome. Fantasy needed that kind of creativity to redeem it.
This novel has a bit of a dark theme, but it is handled so well that it would be perfectly appropriate for the younger end of the YA market as well as the older. I’m 31 and I smiled all the way through it! One of the things that I found engaging about this book, is that the evil is relentless. The presence of the dark forces at work in this novel are always there, lingering just below the surface. This built up suspense and made for a wonderful pace to this story.
Along with a lot of creative and original descriptions, excellent character names and some fantasy appropriate humor, the dialogue in this novel is superior to that of many other authors in this genre. I love fantasy because it takes you away from reality and transports you to somewhere else. This book does just that. It enabled me to leave my worries behind and just have a really good time.
Honestly, this is the kind of fantasy that made me want to read fantasy in the first place. Loved it and can’t wait to see what is next!
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.