by Claire M. Caterer
480 pages – ages 8+
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on April 2, 2013
Holly Shepard wanted an adventure but she should have been careful what she wished for. She found herself, her brother, and a friend, plunged into a world filled with magic and swords. Now all she wants is to have her “boring” life back. When Holly enters this new world, she becomes an Adept, a person with magical abilities, which is outlawed. When Holly’s brother and their friend are captured by and sentenced to death by the royal family, it is up to Holly to save them and find a way back home.
I really liked the Holly character in this book. It’s nice to see a girl main character in a story that has magic as a plot, plus it’s a really good character. I like that she is smart, kind, brave and loyal. I liked the character of Everett too. He was interesting. The dialogue in this book is VERY realistic. The writing has a good amount of detail, and every question in this book was answered (except one, but that is one that comes into the mind at the end of the book – “Will they go back?”). The plot is very exciting and awesome! I like how the army that Holly leads (because she’s an Adept) executes their rescue mission. The world takes place in a medieval period, my favorite time (next comes Civil War-period and then…) I like the magical twist on the standard “Knights in shining armor”! All the mystical creatures are very cool! I like the Leogryph a lot! I think kids 8+ would like this book!