Friday, January 7, 2011

Review: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.

Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now.

Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem.  And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.



ARC received from the publisher for review.

This just sounded so awesome even before I learned that the author had written for Gilmore Girls and The O.C. which made it just that much better.

I loved the names of some of the orphanages the children had been, for example, The Edgar Allen Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans.

This one gets four stars.  It had a decided Harry Potter feel at the beginning, then became more of a Lord of the Rings/A Series of Unfortunate Events hybrid.  The story itself was interesting, engrossing, and kept my attention through all four hundred plus pages.  The children were likable and felt very real.  This is certainly highly recommended for fantasy fans of all ages!

★★★★ = Really Liked It



4 comments:

Sarah Cox said...

Have just finished The Emerald Atlas too, just had to read a book who's blurb dared you to be 'one of the first to read the book that will define a generation'. I loved it even though it did make many references to so many well known fantasy books (LoTR - just loved Wallace and wondered what would have happened if Kate had been a bit older and a dwarf?; Unfortunate Events;Narnia; His Dark Materials) and I look forward to eves dropping on young readers reviewing and gossiping about it almost as much as Book 2 in the series.

Ryan G said...

Sounds like a fun read.

Kristin said...

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❤Stephanie! said...

I actually really want to read this one! It looks so good!

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