"A children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." --C.S. Lewis
Two words: map magic.
An editorial assistant recommended this book if I “liked good world building and fantasy.” That description, and certainly the synopsis, caught my attention, but what solidified my interest in this book were the blurbs from both Megan Whalen Turner, who is one of my favorite authors ever, and Nancy Farmer, whose House of the Scorpion has been on my TBR list for ages. And, friends, I do not regret letting my review schedule go astray for this enchanting middle grade novel that I’ll not be forgetting any time soon.
Highly, highly recommended; a wonder of imagination, brimming with colorful characters, cultures, and scenery as well as an engaging heroine and adventure story.