It’s a story worthy of being considered in the ranks of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials by Rowling and Pullman, respectively. There is more realist elements than perhaps in Harry Potter, the children and readers are not shielded from the harm, they thrown in and expected to deal with it.
Perhaps fans of the popular series’ may not appreciate the diversion from mystery found in The Emerald Atlas, but it’s a welcome change for anyone looking for something fantastical with a twist.
There are witches and dwarfs, riddle-telling wizards (no, not like Dumbledore) and evil characters who make your skin crawl. The true heroes are the children themselves and although the trilogy has been / is being written with a book for each child (Emerald Atlas is Kate’s book) the other siblings get ample footage and growing room. The book introduces not just the obvious heroes but some who will surprise by the end.
Good reading for anyone aged 12 and above, or younger readers who enjoy devouring books.
Check out the official website (excerpt, trailet etc) here.
Footnote: The author was one of the writers’ on popular TV show, Gossip Girl, although it isn’t obvious from reading this book.