Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D. D. Everest

19246477How did I get the book?  Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Archie Green receives a mysterious present on his birthday. Deep within an ancient wooden box he finds an old book, written in a language he doesn’t recognise. With the book comes a Special Instruction – Archie must travel to Oxford to return the book to the Museum of Magical Miscellany.

Soon Archie will meet family that he never knew he had, and discover the world of the Flame Keepers – a community devoted to finding and preserving magical books. But the magical book under Archie’s protection is dangerous, and dark spirits hunt it out. With the help of his cousins, Archie must do everything he can to uncover the book’s hidden powers and save the Flame Keepers from evil.

Welcome to a wonderful, magical world where bookshelves are enchanted, librarians are sorcerers and spells come to life.

200words (or less) review: I absolutely adore the world D. D. Everest has created in this book – I want to live in it. I haven’t been this desperate to crawl into the pages of a book in a long time. Librarians with magic powers! Flying books! Magical creatures! Pop out/up books! Excuse me the overuse of exclamation marks and don’t mind me while I just go sit in a corner and bemoan the fact that no book with special instructions arrived for my birthday. *sighs*

Apart from the world building (which we’ve established is brilliant) I also thought the characters were great. The first chapter, which doesn’t feature Archie at all, is still one of my favourites in the book. I thought the descriptions D. D. Everest gave were ideal. Loretta’s love for purple, the sardine filling… in just a few paragraphs I was already smitten with Archie’s family.

Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret is definitely a story that will keep you entertained from the moment you turn the first page.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

Expected publication:
September 4th 2014 by Faber & Faber

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