Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: March 8, 2016
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Source: Print ARC from Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars
From Jaleigh Johnson, the acclaimed author of The Mark of the Dragonfly, comes another thrilling adventure in the magical world of Solace.
Lina Winterbock lives in the mountain strongholds of Solace. She’s an apprentice to the archivists, the wise men and women whose lives are dedicated to cataloging, studying, and preserving the objects that mysteriously fall from the sky in the scrap towns.
Lina should be spending her days with books, but the Iron War has changed everything. The strongholds are now a refuge, and the people Lina once counted on no longer have time for her, so she spends her days exploring the hidden tunnels and passages of her home. The strongholds are vast and old, with twisting paths, forgotten rooms, and collapsed chambers, some of them containing objects that have been lost and forgotten even by the archivists.
And in one of the forgotten chambers, Lina discovers a secret.
Hidden deep in a cavern is a half-buried airship like nothing she has ever seen before. She’s determined to dig it out and restore it. But Lina needs help, and she doesn’t know anyone she can trust with her secret.
Then she meets Ozben, a mysterious boy who has a secret of his own—a secret that’s so dangerous it could change the course of the Iron War and the world of Solace forever.
Review:I'm so grateful I was contacted to review "Secrets of Solace" because its fantastically written for adults and children alike. I especially like the magical feel to the book grabbing and taking us to another world. I live for stories such as these; strong heroine, interesting plot, and the promise of something new. Sure, there were times that I thought the pacing could have been a little bit better but it was good for the most part.
Lina is studying to be an archivist. But she also has a a secret love for eavesdropping and scheming. Most of the time those things don't end very well. She meets Ozben, then mysterious boy that has a secret. That's okay because Lina also has a secret, after all her exploring, she's found an air ship. Who can she trust to help her with restoring it. That's where Ozben comes in. The two become friendly and go on an adventure that will keep readers on their toes.
I absolutely love high fantasy. Sure, I admit, I like a little more romance in my books but this one had me intrigued from the first page. Lina was a great character to follow; she's smart, a little bit reckless, and she's just an all around fun character to read about. Ozben was cool too. Overall, I think if you're looking for a good book to read with your kid, ages 10 and up, pick this one up. It's fun and so, so good!
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields. The girl doesn't remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she's from the Dragonfly Territories and that she's protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home. The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect--everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible. Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.
About the Author:
Jaleigh Johnson is the author of the New York Times Bestselling novel The Mark of the Dragonfly, and The Secrets of Solace, from Delacorte Press. Her books for the Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms fiction line include The Howling Delve, Mistshore, Unbroken Chain, The Darker Road, and Spider and Stone. In her spare time, she is an avid gamer, and also enjoys gardening, reading and going to the movies with her husband. Visit her online at www.jaleighjohnson.com.