Book: The Puzzle Ring
Authoress: Kate Forsyth
Pages: 439 (Paperback)
Genre: Children's Fiction | Fantasy
Tagline: "Hannah is almost thirteen when she discovers her family is cursed..."
My summary: Hannah is not a typical tween. She loves Nina Simone and reading. Now Hannah is about to embark on the kind of adventure she has only dreamed of. It all begins when she learns she not only has a grandmother (who lives in an old castle in Scotland) but there is a family curse and an entire slew of juicy mystical details her mum has been keeping from her. Now it is up to Hannah to journey through time to save her family.
My say: When I woke up the morning after finishing The Puzzle Ring, I felt like I had just returned from a long fantastic voyage in a far away land. I literally woke up ready for adventure. The Puzzle Ring begins much like a modern day version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It sets the scene and builds the characters and relationships. But once the characters go through the gate the adventure never stops.
My verdict: The Puzzle Ring is a fantastic journey to set right an overdue wrong.
My recommendation: Read this on a rainy (or snowy day) when you need to escape to a faraway land.
My cover thoughts: I love the design, colors, and look of this cover. It highlights the tree (an intricate part of the story) and leaves the reader wondering.
My star rating: 4 out of 5 stars; This story is deliciously enchanting.
My favorite part: Kate's attention to historical details blew me away. The children quickly have to learn how to eat, talk, and comport themselves in the late 1500s to avoid imprisonment or death. She even places Hannah at Kirk o' Field the night Lord Darnley died in 1567.
My Meter Readings:
- My adventure-o-meter: Granted the adventure takes a bit to start but once it does hold on to your hats! This story contains magic, angry fairies, wicked witches, enchanted creatures, wild kelpies, freaky imps, and even stone gargoyles that come to life.
- My kiddie-o-meter: Occasionally spooky but overall quite safe even for the youngest tweens.
- My adult-o-meter: If you love The Chronicles of Narnia you will love this story.
My interest in the author: Kate Forsyth impressed me. I will definitely be looking in to more of her work.
My note: Click here to read my interview with Hannah.
My final thoughts: Hannah and her friends go back in time. That got me thinking if you could time travel what time period would you most like to visit?
Thank you Kate for this wonderful opportunity!