The Art: From the cover to the chapter fonts used, I loved the overall design of this book. It definitely fit with the fantasy theme. The colors were a blend of light and dark, which I thought was a perfect representation of magic in this book.
The Descriptions: I loved how detailed Night was in setting up this story. Here is a line from the Prologue that I think was beautifully written: “Derwin stepped through the doors, left ajar, into a massive entry. As he did, billowing clouds of dust rose up from the castle’s floor.” This book definitely has parts I can share as a mentor for my students in their writing.
The Main Character: I love books that are fantasy, have magical creatures, and have a main character that is left in the dark to their true calling and although innocent and naive, are more powerful and knowledgeable than others around them. Books that have such characters include Harry Potter, Inkheart, Hunger Games, and Nevermoor. It is a “type” that I fall for. Everytime.
I am very glad I chose this book to kick off my #MGReadathon because it was entertaining, magical, and one of my “go-to” genres. I gave this book 4 stars and think it would be a great book to add to my classroom library. I look forward to reading the sequel, The Girl With The Whispering Shadow, which will be released on January 23, 2019. I cannot wait!
Time to pass it on to our next Lit Review Crew member!