Synopsis: Do you remember the first time you climbed into the wardrobe with Lucy and emerged in Narnia? Flew on the back of Falkor the Luck Dragon with Bastian? Followed Alice down the rabbit hole? Welcome to your new favourite adventure.
Late one night Alice Creighton hears her father having an argument with a fairy – a snarling, bald beast with warts and needle-like teeth. It is threatening her father, insisting he accept a mysterious offer, or else.
When Alice’s father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent away to live with distant relative Mr Geryon, owner of a huge, dark library that is off limits to Alice. After meeting a talking cat who is willing to sneak her in, Alice opens a book and suddenly finds herself inside it – and the only way out is by conquering the dangerous creatures within. Alice has stumbled into a world where all of magic is controlled by Readers through books – she must open more books, face increasingly powerful foes, be the lead character in the quest to find a happy ending.
200words (or less) review: I want to visit The Forbidden Library; it sounds like such an amazing place. Plus there are talking cats. Please can I go?
If it isn’t yet obvious I absolutely adored the world building in this book. Django Wexler has created my fantasy getaway. The descriptions made everything come to life, giving the reader a beautiful, stunning and magical bookish paradise. I also adored the variety of characters but Ashes was my absolute favourite.
The story is enjoyable and Alice’s adventures keep you reading, though I will admit that I thought the book slowed a little in places. The ending strongly implies there is more to come and I’m excited to see what further adventures The Forbidden Library brings.