The Sand Warrior (5 Worlds #1) by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrations), Matt Rockefeller (Illustrations), Boya Sun (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 248 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher

This is going to be an extremely short review. Seriously:

A sudden rebellion destructs the relative peace holding together the worlds and invites chaos to reign supreme. Only a not very good sanddancer and her two sidekicks, one of them distinctly manmade, can save the five worlds from subordination by a very evil being as villains usually are.

Splendid characters, wonderful art, and a brisk narrative pace lead to a fun story that will be a favourite among middle graders looking for fun series to start. Strongly recommended.

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms #1) by Curtis Craddock

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms #1) by Curtis Craddock

Hardcover, 384 pages Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by Tor Books Source: Publisher   An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors is not intended as kidlit. However, after reading it, I found it to be very much a crossover title and think that older teens who enjoy high fantasy will very much enjoy this title. The official synopsis: […]

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The domovoi’s gaze wandered, and his mouth drooped open. “I am weak,”  he slurred. “And the wood-guard is weak. Our enemy has loosened his chain. Soon he will be free. I cannot keep him out.” “Who is the enemy?” “Appetite,” said the domovoi again. “Madness. Terror. He wants to eat the world.” “How can I […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (but actually by J. K. Rowling)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (but actually by J. K. Rowling)

Hardcover, Revised Ed., 144 pages Published March 14th 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Source: Raincoast Books I was lucky enough to receive the newest edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that was released on 14th March. The cover boasts that this edition contains 6! Fantastic New Beasts!! if beasties are your thing. What […]

The Bone Flute by Patricia Bow

The Bone Flute by Patricia Bow

An outline of treetops formed through the walls of the house. The fire in the windows turned pale yellow, then green, then blue, a watery shadow printed on the trees. And then the house, with its brass, its ivy, and its fiery windows, melted into the night. Camrose has inherited responsibility for an ancient bone […]