Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The House of Silver Magic, by John Booth

Life for the Grange family is forever altered.  Not only are the suffering from the lost of their father, the children and their mother also face the loss of their house, since their father secretly sold it before his death.  But, through a seeming twist of fate, the family finds the means and opportunity to buy a grand house, a house full of magic and secrets.  It is the magic of the house that will save the Grange family from their enemies.

John Booth writes a type of fantasy fiction that is nothing short of beautiful.  This book is full of wonder, and enchantment like few I have encountered before.  From the first sentence, the reader is endeared to the Grange family, and wants to see them succeed in their new lives.  I found the characters to be incredibly well developed, and especially loved that the house has a character, nee, characters, of its own.  It is exciting to watch the children learn of their heritage and discover their powers.

Often, adult fans of young adult books are criticized for relishing in childish stories.  I can assure you, while this book will clearly appeal to young adult readers, there is nothing childish about it, and any adult reader can be proud to be a fan.  The story is unique, the writing is sublime, and the magic is, well, magical.  I am so pleased to learn that this is the first in a new series, and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the Grange family.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author.

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