In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
The book is intended for a younger audience so some of the plot may seem simple or even predictable to older audiences but Night has this way of making the reading experience fun as if you get to travel back to your own childhood to experience this through less jaded eyes.
It comes off a bit like Harry Potter meets Cinderella. You have the ‘scullery maid’ who discovers she’s not what she thought she was and off to a new magical world she goes. Okay so that’s taking paraphrasing to the extreme but it’s still fairly close. Night eschewed wands in favor of a far more unique way of casting magic that shows some real ingenuity.
By the time you finish reading the words enchanting, beautiful, vividly descriptive, creative, and imaginative will probably have run through your head. You would not be wrong. Night’s debut is full of fun and adventure that will leave you pleasantly happy to have found a new magical series. You’ll be introduced to all kind of new characters and magical creatures: fairy like creatures in lanterns that shed light and dragons which function as ovens!
This is the first in a series so you’ll want to be on the lookout for the story to continue to hopefully answer some questions and unravel further mysteries. It was a decent foundation for the characters, the world building and provided a good map for where the author wants to take the readers.
You MUST visit the author’s website, breathtakingly fun!! http://denight.com/
Thank you to Netgalley and Stories Untold Press for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com