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- Publication Date: July 14, 2018
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The Sign of the Symean: A Fantasy Adventure (Kaira Renn Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Kaira Renn had no inkling of what her father and her aunt were involved in until one day one of their closest family friends shows up with a strange tale of something sinister sounding that Kaira overhears while trying to listen at the top of the stairs. The next day she is herded off to the Market Square where, after a visit to the unique sweet shop, Wimples, she is taken into the depths of another shop where, through a fairly ordinary looking door, they enter one of the buildings of the Society.
One place where the Society for the Preservation of Magical Artefacts could take a lesson from the Wizarding World is in training their young members. Apparently, the members of the Society normally don’t tell their children about it until they are at least eighteen – if they tell them at all. But Kaira manages to make the acquaintance of one girl, Guppy Grayling, who has been introduced to the society at an age not much older than Kaira herself. Guppy’s mother, like Kaira’s father, has a high position in the Society, but unlike Kaira’s father, Guppy’s mother does not seem to care much about her children. Guppy has managed to teach herself quite a bit about the history and use of magical artefacts, and she agrees to teach Kaira.
Guppy and her older brother, Jacob, show Kaira around the Society. Apparently, Guppy knows just enough to be dangerous, and before two days have passed, they have managed to get themselves into trouble. It is only then that it occurs to the Society’s ruling body that maybe they should begin educating their younger members.
A lot of mysteries are brought up, and very few of them are finally resolved. It looks like there will be more to this series.
Let me start with the things that I really liked about this book. Lindo creates an entirely unique world from scratch, and I didn't feel that this was a repeat of some other mainstream middle-grade fantasy novel. Almost everything had its own unique name, so I was able to differentiate which items were from the "real" world and which were from the fantasy world. There was some sort of council that was in charge of the fantasy world, which made the new world feel complete. Without any form of governing, fantasy worlds can feel too fake.
What I struggled with while reading this book was trying to keep up with the amount of information being thrown at me. I love fantasy worlds that are very in-depth, but I felt almost as confused as Kaira was in this story. All of these new terms were new to me, and by the end, I couldn't remember what words were connected to which objects. It felt as if I had moved to a country that was sort of like mine, but that spoke a completely different language. There were some "translators" in Kaira's father and some friends that Kaira meets along the way, but I still felt confused.
The novel is fast-paced, which I usually enjoy, but I believe that it might have been a little too fast-paced. I felt as if I was flying from scene to scene, and while some chapters had semi-decent transitions, others did not. By the time I got to the 80% mark some of this confusion had been alleviated, but I had wished that I had been able to get closer to the characters individually without feeling rushed.
The last thing that stuck out to me as I read this novel was the character development. The character development and the personalities of the characters themselves were pretty unique. Kaira was a bit young to be finding out about the magical world as most parents didn't tell their children until the child turned 18, but Kaira's father thought she was mature enough to know. There were some other kids her age there, so she was able to befriend them. Each person had a different background as some had basically grown up around magic while others had been sheltered from it until they turned a certain age. I did enjoy seeing the other characters interact with Kaira and seeing how they grew throughout the events in the book.
I have to say, I would still recommend this novel. It is a fully unique urban fantasy novel for middle-grade students, and the story is really fun. Middle-grade readers would definitely enjoy this novel as it is not babyish in any way. Adult or YA readers would like this book for how intricate the world is.
I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.