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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 099433253X
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- Publication Date: April 17, 2017
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- Language: English
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Annabel has memories of being born into a beautiful home with loving parents, but she lives with a witch who uses her as an ingredient in her evil spells. Annabel has perfected the art of appearing dull to get out of things. Luckily she has her trusty cat, Blackfoot, who turns out to be less than trustworthy, and her best friend Peter, who's a bit absent minded and prone to magical tinkering and overconfidence.
Perhaps it's not the most awe-inspiring team tasked with defeating a centuries-old wizard, but between Annabel's stubbornness, Peter's gadgets, and some help from Annabel's sarcastic cat, maybe she'll manage to reveal all the layers of deception hidden in the castle ruins.
Gingell is on my must-read, must automatically pre-order authors list and rightly so. Gingell's fairy tales are twisted into enjoyable and mysterious reads that have you guessing all the way, and she manages to usually have a twist or two at the end. Not your grandmother's fairytale, this is another fun read. This is the type of book that is enjoyable from YA to adults. I appreciate that this book is clean, with no cursing and no sex, and that it's complex and engaging without all that. A great addition to the Two Monarchies series.
Annabel, the main character, is interesting and 3-dimensional rather than likeable for the first part of the book, but she grew on me as I got to know her better, and now I desperately want to read another book about her growing up and becoming Queen. I also very much want to read a sequel that shows how she and Melchior get together. Will definitely keep reading the books in this series, though I hope the next one has adult characters again...
It wasn't as heart-pounding awesome as some of the other Gingell books, but I still really liked it. With Gingell books, you have to realize you won't understand every detail, not even at the end of the book. Some things just work that way (unmagic? castles that grow? characters that suddenly understand things better than the reader?).
Annabel was such a neat character. I have so many questions, even now! Like, how did she get caught by the witch in the first place? What's the point of the string? She grew so much, too. I loved seeing her go from a timid, stand-offish girl who pretends to be an idiot to a pro-active thinker/planner. I didn't really care about her, though, not the way I did for Poly and Rose and Isabella and Rafiq. Maybe Annabel wasn't in danger enough or surrounded by enough characters for me to really sympathize with her.
Peter and his tickerboxes made me think Peter and Nan were Poly's parents. I thought this for most of the book. Maybe they still are, but I can't remember what Poly's parents' names were, and it never connected that way. I really ought to reread Spindle and see if I can make more connections with it fresher on my mind.
The castle was amazing! It sort of had a mind of its own (like Castle Glower in Tuesdays at the Castle). It wasn't just moving hallways, but growing and revealing things and piggybacking on spells. Some was Rorkin or Mordion, but I like to think the castle itself was thinking.
"Instead, there was only dense, impenetrable darkness, soft and inclined to swallow sound." (This is a great example of some of the what-a-cool-description-but-I'm-not-sure-I-really-know-what-that-means moments in Gingell's books.)
"Thinking was somewhat addictive." (Nan's mind is waking up! I think this, too, irony intended.)
"Then I'll sit here, and I'll just start erasing." (I love magic pencils!)
"I'm always careful," said Peter with greater confidence than accuracy. (This one sentence describes him so well.)
"You're still trying to do it all by yourself and being worried that you won't be able to do it properly because you're not strong enough." (How often we all do this. We try to rely too much on ourselves and then stress out because we just can't do it all.)
There were so few characters in this book. How did WRG make it all work?
First, there were basically 2 bad guys, 1 MC, 2 good sidekicks, a mother, and a castle. The last chapter held three more, but they don't really count. All the main pieces are in place. We have a character as antagonist, a character as protagonist, and all the supporting foils to make our MC grow into the hero.
The biggest struggle with a small cast, I think, would finding the right setting. Most places have so many people that authors would have to go out of their way to make the story avoid all those characters. Not so when you plunk the MC in a magically sealed off castle.
The biggest benefit here is that each character means more to the story. Also, Annabel gets to carry on some good conversations with herself since she doesn't have as many people around her to talk to all the time.
The real question should be, why do other books need MORE characters?
Unexpected, delightful, great characters ,plots that keep your interest, all wrapped up with magic and light romance.Just plain fun!
If you are looking for a great unwind after a long day this series will deliver.
The author is very talented with building a magical world and having the characters engage in smart witty exchanges that brings them to life.
Go back and start at the beginning with Masque and Wolfskin.Then onto the series...Enjoy!!