Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski

The book opens with the return of Petra's father from the palace, where he has just completed a most beautiful clock with a hidden secret. But the power hungry Prince has kept the inventors eyes as well, which have unique properties of their own. Determined to restore her father's vision, Petra sets out to steal back the eyes, and meets a delightful assortment of characters in the process.

I imagine it was no easy feat to craft a world in which a gypsy boy possessing 'ghost fingers' that extend past his physical hands, and an old woman who cries tears of acid, co-exist harmoniously with our clever protagonist in a quasi-historical Prague, but the author does so seemingly without any effort at all. The story moves at a very nice pace, characters were easy to keep track of, and the quirks were nuanced in so well that I was left eager for the next book.

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by Scott