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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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There is a freshness and wonder in the mind of young Antonia at discovering magic as witch as well as a wizard. Malleable and accepting of magical creatures, the sense of wonder at what magic is and does in this journey of Antonia in a medieval realm in pursuit of becoming the first girl wizard, is quite enchanting. She has a keen questing mind that leads to some unexpected results and even a fiasco or two.
The Starlight Raven is bound to become a treasured series for even the young at heart. I would love to see what exploits follow in the follow up story. Enjoy!
At least one other reviewer mentioned that it didn't feel like a young adult novel, so perhaps I should expand on that a bit. The primary reasons I say it does feel that way are because, well, the main character is young (14 at the start), and because she spends a fair amount of time feeling out what course she wants to take in her life, which are reasonably common themes in young adult books. Most adults should be fine with the story, so long as they're willing to remember what 14 was like.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a sequel series. It was pleasantly surprised when the main characters showed up, but only as minor characters, and only at appropriate times. I've seen too many sequel series where either the first characters vanish, or the author spends too much time making morning calls on all the prior characters (sometimes even the minor ones), making sure you're kept up-to-date on what they've been doing. In this book, that doesn't happen.
Something that some people will consider a downside is that this book is obviously the first in a series. Quite a few loose ends don't get tied up. Whether you consider that good or bad, I'll leave up to you. I like the thought that we'll see Antonia again, and don't mind books that obviously are going to be continued.
If only I could learn the spell of turning someone into a frog!