This is simply one of the most delightful books I’ve ever read. Nine-year-old Amy of Eddybrook is growing up in the kind-of-magical medieval realm of Goredd. Her father is a weaver and her mother is a barbarian ex-warrior clockmaker; her best friend/worst enemy Bran lives on the nearest farm and her tutor is a dragon–whoops! But don’t tell anyone about that last part! Amy’s life seems very idyllic and uncomplicated–there are imaginative games, weddings, and interactions with friends and neighbors–but she’s beginning to grow up and notice the lives of the adults around her. Those lives don’t seem to be as perfect as she thought they would be.
Much like the story, the artwork in this graphic novel seems simplistic at first, but reveals its depths later on. Each character is an individual, with expressions that are true-to-life and extremely evocative. The reader will really care about the future happiness of his or her favorite characters and root for them to succeed.
The best part about this book is the world that author Rachael Hartman has created. Every part of it is fully realized and so inviting that it makes the reader want to enter the book and explore it. Any child who enjoys historical fiction or fantasy would enjoy this book, but the fantasy elements are so muted that a child who prefers realism would be equally happy. I highly recommend this book for all readers.
Posted by: Sarah