Mr B's review
A dazzling, dystopian, magical adventure. After the Worldquake, which wipes out much of modern technology, Effie learns of secret magic from Griffin Truelove, her grandfather. But when he is attacked and his magic books stolen, Effie must embark on a dangerous mission with her closest friends through a portal to the Otherworld and face a terrifying organisation intent on world destruction. The first in a new fantasy series from the author of the brilliant ‘The End of Mr Y’.
IF YOU HAD SECRET MAGICAL POWERS, HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
After the Worldquake, Effie knows about magic – time in her grandfather’s library has made sure of that. But there’s still much she has to learn. About the Otherworld. And about the Diberi, a secret organisation with plans to destroy the entire universe.
Effie and her school-friends are the only ones who can stop them . . . and time is running out.
The most exciting debut in children’s fiction since HARRY POTTER. Immersive, engaging, original; delightful in its details (a bun shop that serves as a portal to Otherworld; a library of Last Editions; a Princess School in which girls are trained to be appealing to dragons); playful, warm and yet thrilling, too — JOANNE HARRIS An entrancing novel that stands on its prose . . . set in a dystopian future after a massive quake has annihilated modern technology . . . She is far too inventive a writer ever to let us feel we’ve been here before * * Daily Telegraph * * This tale of magical education is a cracker . . . has its own distinctive style * * Guardian * * Superb fantasy ***** * * Sunday Telegraph * * Lively, inventive, phrase-making fantasy . . . revels in evocative spells, names and descriptions of quaint shops, fabulous food and delicious interiors . . . has something of J.K. Rowling’s capacity to delight * * Sunday Times * * Otherworldly . . . ‘Getting lost in a book’ takes on new meaning * * Mail on Sunday * * In this children’s debut from adult fantasy writer Thomas, a young girl inherits a magical library and discovers you can – quite literally – become lost in a book . . . The first book in the Worldquake Sequence augurs well for what is to follow * * Sunday Post * * Full of surprises . . . Spells. Wands. Portals. A child marked out for greatness . . . Effie and her friends, rugby-mad Wolf and swotty Max, are cooler and funnier than anyone at Hogwarts as they rush around trying to collect magical artefacts. In a plot turning on the theft of a library where the chief villain is a book dealer, the real magic, Thomas insists, lies in literature itself * * Financial Times * * Deft and stylish . . . Packed with striking images . . . the exciting pace will make this a gleeful companion for many a young teen and upwards * * Literary Review * * In vivid, inviting prose, Thomas deftly evokes an original, intriguing post-technological Earth looming with evil where “books are magic” and memorable misfits become heroes. A compelling new fantasy series with an unlikely heroine, quirky helpers, dragons, portals, witches, and wizards * * Kirkus * * An enthralling tale, set in a sprawling world that swallowed me whole — Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of THE GIRL OF INK & STARS A magical adventure that fizzes and crackles with enchantment. I was absolutely bedazzled — HILARY McKAY Gorgeous and funny – and a lovely celebration of the magic of books! — Helen Falconer, author of THE CHANGELING PRAISE FOR OTHER BOOKS BY SCARLETT THOMAS:Ingenious and original. . . A cracking good yarn fizzing with intelligence — PHILIP PULLMAN Entrancing . . . one of the sharpest fantasies I’ve encountered — NEIL GAIMAN
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