Friday, March 2, 2012

The Book of Wonders Review

416 pages

Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all. When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her. Along with her best friend, Ridhan—a silver-haired, violet-eyed boy of mysterious origins—and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.

A good fantasy novel is full with adventure, magic, and faraway places! This book definitely fulfills all of those qualities. The novel seems to be a twist on the Arabian Nights tales and even though it incorporates those tales its completely fresh and different. Zardi is a strong heroine who is ready for adventure and to help those she loves. I really liked the mystery surrounding Ridhan's origins and I'm interested to see what happens next for him. I loved the magical adventure that this novel is full of and even though the heroine is young that doesn't make the novel any less exciting. I will definitely be reading the next novel in the series when it comes out and I can't wait to see what's next in Zardi and Ridhan's story. I definitely recommend this book for those who love fantasy, magic and adventure in far off places.


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