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The Threads of Magic Hardcover – April 13, 2021
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Readers will immediately settle comfortably into this deftly written high-adventure fantasy... the theme that power without love must be defeated drives the story. And it’s a fun world to be in. The close buildings, cobblestones, and mucky streets of Clarel bring the Victorian gothic mood of Laura Amy Schlitz’s Splendors and Glooms to mind, while the worldbuilding and adventure will be enjoyed by Cornelia Funke fans.
—School Library Journal
Croggon’s interesting world spans a variety of perspectives that add tension and insight at integral moments. The premise and the power-squabbling between the Specters, maneuvering with and against each other, are intriguing, but the distinct characters and a vein of humor that ensures the story never takes itself too seriously are really where this novel shines. Australian author Croggon, author of The Books of Pellinor series, delivers another great story targeted toward a younger audience in this new page turner.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
. . . Croggon (the Books of Pellinor series) subverts genre expectations and offers up multiple perspectives—both heroic and villainous—to weave a complicated tapestry of magic and sacrifice.
There are shadowy assassins to dodge, mysterious Specters to stop, and rips in the fabric of reality to mend, but Pip and El have a host of unlikely allies in their corner, including a wayward princess and a coven of underground witches. It’s a beautifully crafted story. . . The young protagonists are easy to befriend, acting believably bewildered, bothered, or brave in turn, and the villains are deliciously menacing. Fantasy fans will feel right at home in this magical, marvelous world.
- Publisher : Candlewick (April 13, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1536207195
- ISBN-13 : 978-1536207194
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Grade level : 4 - 7
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #851,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Belle’s Middle Grade on February 28, 2021
(I would also like to say from the beginning I’m not one to rehash what you can find out by reading the description. That’s not my way of reviewing. I’d rather discuss what worked for me and what possibly didn’t.)
Thank you for making this a stand-alone and not turning it into the ever increasingly, not always necessary trilogy.
Even as an adult, I appreciated the shorter chapters, although others felt this was negated by the opinion it was a bit long for the target audience.
I personally feel as if it could have actually been extended a bit, so that the end didn’t appear as abbreviated and rushed, as other reviewers mentioned as well.
I am somewhat surprised at what age group this is written for. There are certain scenes, and even the level of grammar used, that seemed to be at a higher level than assigned. I can’t imagine my nieces and nephews in the targeted age group having an easy time with some of this.
A few of the scenes are quite graphic, and disturbing in a nightmarish inducing way, for young impressionable minds.
I really enjoyed the multiple "main" characters that were identified and followed throughout the book. Quite an eclectic blend to cheer for, as well as the others you were hoping that justice would be meted out appropriately to in the end.
The finale still produced an excellent wrap up, and I often think the reason so many feel it has arrived too soon, is more a matter of disappointment that the conclusion of such an exceptional book has arrived. The journey has reached its climax, and I personally dislike "filler" pages pushing up the page numbers. Nothing wrong with the inevitable, succinct conclusion!
(As I read so much, I am unable to purchase every single book I read. Instead, I have Kindle Unlimited, and thank goodness, a library that does Inter-library lending, as well as belonging to Pinnacle Consortium. I know this won’t get labeled as a verified purchased, but I felt it was important to post this review here as well as on my Good Reads account, especially since this isn’t available through Kindle Unlimited. Thank you Amazon for allowing book reviews on Non-Verified Purchases regarding books!)
Some fantasy, lots of mystery and adventure in this tale. Almost non-stop action. For those who can suspend some belief, this is a great read. The descriptive writing is so strong that the reader feels they know the characters and can see the characters and their surroundings.