Format: Advanced Reader Copy
Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? Anna Arden lives in London in 1847, a member of the Luminates, the upper class who wield magic to stay in power. Unfortunately, Anna is Barren, unable to access the magic that is her birthright. But at her sister Catherine’s debut, Anna somehow manages to destroy her sister’s spell. This brings her to the attention of The Circle, those who preserve the Binding spell that allows Luminates to use magic while the lower classes cannot. The Circle are very powerful have influence over the governments of Victorian Europe. Anna’s family sends her to Hungary with her Grandmother to visit family for safety. But rebellion is rising all around. Some Luminates, including Anna’s father, want to break the Binding so that anyone with ability can have magic, but the Circle will do all they can to protect it. As a person who can break spells Anna is a threat to one side and a possible savior to the other. Will breaking the Binding save the world or unleash monsters? The novel is full of fantasy, adventure and romance and very nicely incorporates historical events and personages. This engrossing historical fiction novel featuring a strong heroine, the first volume of a projected trilogy,will have readers eagerly awaiting Anna’s next adventure.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Hand this to fans of historical fiction and fantasy.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 4/24/17