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This story meant a lot to me. When it came time to stop reading and bookmark my page, I often found I had been sitting with one hand on my chest. Many times I so badly wanted to pluck Ashima out of this book and pull her into my arms and comfort her. I was angry over her hardship and the painful loss she suffered. At times I was afraid things would never be okay for her again. However, Ashima remained strong and never gave up hope, so neither could I.
Luckily, she wasn't alone. Ren took good care of her, albeit begrudgingly at first, as a good brother looks after his little sister. Then there were times Ashima was brave and strong for Ren when he was sick and weak. Isaac gave them both a job and a safe place to stay, as a generous uncle would to a niece and nephew in need. Randi, like a protective older sister, appeared whenever they were in dire need of help. Ren's golems, such curious little beings I wanted to hug them, rounded things out as the mischievous younger siblings. They made a sort of mix-mash family; loving, taking care of, and fighting for each other.
This wonderful story is very well-written and the world-building is excellent. What are golems, you ask? You need to read the story to find out, of course. ; )
Ashima was an absolute darling and easy to get behind as the story's young protagonist. Ren,well, Ren took a little getting used to, but eventually he grew on me. I'll blame the unfortunate timing of having read this around the same time as the new Star Wars film came out, so perhaps my view of tall skinny & frail men named Ren is skewed.
The rest of the characters, and there are many, are wonderful. Brilliantly written and given distinct and fascinating personalities. The golems, especially Stevie, stole the show often. The circus is quite fascinating as well and again I was reminded that this would make a visually appealing stop motion (are you listening, Hollywood?)
Overall, the pacing is good, the story is captivating, and at times I didn't even realize I was holding my breath until I let it out. I would recommend this to fantasy fans of all ages.
For a fleeting moment, I was a kid again, along with Ren and his Golems, on a truly amazing adventure, which is a very precious feeling that is often lost as we get older.