“Magdalena Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail” is the best example of young adult fiction I’ve read lately. Mysterious, enchanting, completely mesmerizing, it kept me in suspense till the last page.
Among the obvious pros of the book are a complex, twisted plot and a masterfully created feeling of tension which raises interest enormously! I’ve finished this book in one sitting.
The small, charming town of Lily Brooke and its inhabitants lead pretty measured simple lives. Until one day, after her thirteenth birthday celebration, Magdalena Gottschalk and her friends Gabriel Bach and Hubert Mueller find an entrance to a hidden cave. The mystical ringing in Magdalena’s ears turned into voices and to make out what they were saying Magdalena made a decision to move forward and into the cave. Truly, they’ve entered the biggest, most dangerous, breathtaking and sinister adventure of their lives!
The author developed characters in the most amazing way, making them bright, vivid, so easy to imagine! Except for the main heroes, I was quite impressed by the character of Adolphe Celt, a first-generation baker and I loved Sugar Baby, the horse, who was patrolling the premises of the town for anything sinister. However, Magdalena is the brightest of them all, full of curiosity, intelligence, and miraculous inner forces!
The language of the book is so descriptive, with image-bearing comparisons. The narrative is full of accurate and detailed transmissions of facts, authentic dialogues with a clear style of presentation, a unique sense of humor, as well as an amazingly intriguing introduction and a memorable ending!
What mysteries are the friends of MALB (which stands for the Mystical Alliance of Lily Brooke) going to uncover and what hidden secret lay behind Magdalena’s origin? Battles with evil, demons, spells and witches, enchanted places, true friendship, bravery and a lot more await you on the pages of this truly fascinating read!