My stop on the blog tour is a review of The Puppet Spell by E.L. Adams.
I enjoyed this debut novel by Emily L. Adams. In this book, she has created a world, parallel to ours, in which magic is alive. People, called overseers, can jump between worlds through gateways to make sure things between the two worlds are running smoothly. Lexa and Marlon stumble through a gateway and into this new world. They receive some information of the world and of the use of magic before they embark on a quest to rescue Lexa's sister, Lucinda, who has inadvertently become a 'puppet' of a powerful fey.
I immediately felt for the main character, Lexa. She has always felt overshadowed by her twin sister Lucinda. That has made her made her doubt her abilities, and made her confidence falter. I admired Marlon, who in his logical approach to problems, always stuck up for and believed in Lexa. It was fun to see how he discovered how to see through an illusion--because it looped like the setting in a video game! Throughout the book, Lexa had to rely on Marlon and her uncle's Chimera to get her out of trouble. But by the end, I liked how she starts to believe in herself and her magical abilities enough to save both the magical world and her own.
I found myself swept away in Adams' writing, it is very honest and at times, poetic. I loved this description, "I could have sworn the forest as a whole was moving, very slowly, drawing itself around thre town like a cloak." Adams has a vivid imagination, and it shows in the world she created for this novel. I loved the houses carved of stone to look like animals. How cool would that be to walk down a street where all the houses were different animals? I also loved the description of the kingdom in the clouds. All the characters and settings were very creative and distinct. It was fun to see that people could use magic, and they could also create things made of magic. I loved the idea of cars with magic running through them to navigate around things more effectively. This was a fun new world that I enjoyed seeing through Lexa's eyes. I would love to see more of this world and of these characters. Maybe in a sequel?
To read more, you can find the first chapter here
Content: very little violence and language
Excerpt From The Puppet Spell
‘What’re you looking at?’ Lucinda had joined me.
‘Nothing,’ I replied automatically.
‘What’s in there?’
Before I could say a word, she strode past me. I heard her fumbling around, trying to find the door handle.
‘Wait a minute,’ I said. ‘Are you sure it isn’t someone’s room? You don’t want to go barging in! Besides, I’m pretty sure it’s locked -’
Lucinda ignored me. I heard the clunk of wood as she tried to pull the door open, but it wouldn’t budge.
Lucinda raised a fist and knocked. ‘Is anyone in there?’
Plainly, there wasn’t. But the dark space seemed to grab her voice and throw it back at her, like a game of catch. I realised how cold it was; the night had stolen every vestige of warmth from the house, and here in particular there seemed to be a constant draft, as if from an open window.
‘Open the door!’ She hammered on it with both fists. I heard a thud as the door swung inwards without warning, and Lucinda very nearly fell flat on her face.
‘Smooth,’ I said, with a snigger; usually I was the clumsy one. ‘What is it? A cupboard?’
‘It’s a laboratory.’ Her eyes were wide.
‘No, seriously. Look.’
I peered into the room. Faint light seeped through a high window, illuminating the endless rows of bottles and boxes on shelves set in rows facing the door. I realised at once that the coldness I’d felt had been coming from here: the room was like a giant refrigerator.
Lucinda walked up to the nearest shelf and picked up a bottle.
‘Luce! Don’t touch anything. I don’t think we’re supposed to be in here.’
The words came out automatically, but even as I spoke them I joined her by the shelf. After all, I was just as curious as she was.
The bottles contained concoctions of all colours, some of them colours I wasn’t sure even existed. Some exuded a glittering light; some streams of smoke; and some an odd sense of menace. One in particular, a blood-red solution, made the hairs on my arms stand up just to look at it. There was something unearthly about the way it glowed, as if it possessed a life of its own.
A peculiar smell hung in the air, like burning flowers. It caught in my nose like dandelion feathers.
‘What’s this? Frankenstein’s lab?’
‘Probably a prank set up by those students,’ I said, squinting at the label on a bottle of greenish powder. ‘Is there a light switch?’
Lucinda darted over to the door and flicked a switch. Fluorescent lights gleamed overhead, making the room look even more laboratory-like. I became aware of a low humming sound, a minute vibration that shook the floorboards.
I looked back at the bottle. The label read, ‘Instantaneous Invisibility: three doses.’‘An invisibility potion.’ I stared at it, as if the letters might rearrange themselves at will. ‘Are you kidding me?’
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