A Riddle in Ruby
By Kent Davis
432 pages – ages 8+
Published by Greenwillow Books on September 22, 2015
Synopsis- Ruby Teach is a thief [in training]. Her tutor is a master of disguise. Her father is a pirate. They all live [part-time] on a ship with her father’s crew, giving rides to rich people while transporting cargo. (They are fake, “for show” pirates.) But when young Lord Athen Boyle comes aboard, he isn’t looking for a good time. He’s looking for a fast ship. At sea, though, they realize that they aren’t fast enough when a royal ship overtakes them. Ruby, Lord Athen, and his serving-boy are hidden in a room during the encounter.
Ruby’s father gets taken aboard the ship, and it all seems to be Lord Athen’s fault. That seems fair to Ruby. But as a mysterious plot unfolds, and more events occur, it seems to point to Ruby at the center…
What I Thought- I really like the idea of this book. It seems to take place in the 1700’s (but maybe later?), because there are still the thirteen colonies of America (under British Rule). What’s different though, is the fact that it is a heavily steampunk-influenced society, that has a slight use of science spiced with magic in it. It’s really interesting. Needless to say, I was enthralled by this book. Ruby is a spirited main character that keeps you on your toes. Athen Boyle is an intriguing character also. I enjoyed the cast of characters in the book, each with a memorable personalities. I like the world that Mr. Davis has created. I cannot wait for book two, as there should be second one coming (judging by the cliffhanger).
I give this book five out of five bookworms.