This is definitely one of the better books for young readers that I have read in a long time. There were many different parts in this book that set it apart from other books of similar topic and meant for similar age range.
This story follows the adventure of a young girl, Ophelia, who has recently lost her mother and been moved by her father to a new country as he begins work cataloguing swords in a museum. While exploring the museum, Ophelia stumbles upon a young boy held prisoner in a secluded room. He explains to Ophelia that he never ages and has been held prisoner for many years. This marvelous boy, who’s name was previously stolen from him, leads Ophelia on a quest around the museum, through haunted rooms and other dangerous things, to find the key to unlock him from his prison before it is too late and the spell keeping him safe wears off.
The plot in this book is really exciting. The story starts out with a lot of action and keeps the pace up throughout most of the story. This book has a lot of magic in it and a lot of suspense, so it probably isn’t the best for those younger readers who get scared easily (but for an adult it was perfect).
The characters in this book are all truly exceptional. All of the characters show growth throughout the story, but Ophelia most of all. She starts out the story by continually reminding the reader that she isn’t a brave young girl, but as the story continues she begins to become more self-confident and realizes her potential to be whatever she wishes.
The writing in this book is absolutely perfect for the age range the book is intended for (and is suitable for any reader). The author does a fantastic job of writing in a style that is simple, yet doesn’t insult the intelligence of the reader. The author also manages to be descriptive, yet while still allowing the reader to use their imagination to further each scene.
Overall, I found this book to be a marvelous children’s fantasy story. There were so many different parts that served to make this book stand out from other books written for the same age range. This is definitely one of the better young reader books I have read in a long time.
I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.