I was a bit hesitant to approach this novel, given the recent hype. I found it a most enjoyable mystery on multiple fronts. It reminded me a bit of THIRTEENTH TALE - not a predictable mystery, but more genuine. The characters were more interesting than so many and the setting is one with which many readers are unfamiliar. I look forward to the next volume.
This title was not up to the standards of the Camel Club. It was entirely too predictable and shallow. You will figure out the entire mystery in the first 20 minutes. Save your credits.
I have read and listened to a number of Funke's books. This narration is nothing short of delightful. While Inkheart is more complex and indeed more frightenting, this title is ideal for the younger reader and for family listening. I disagree, however that adults would not enjoy the characters, plot and narration. There is enough complexity to engage any willing listening. This author's work is pure joy and I look forward to a sequel.
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