The Ghost in the Crystal
(School of Ages, #1)
Received for Review
Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: December 5, 2010
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.30
Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:
Your NEW favorite magic school is New York City's School of the Ages. I am a mixed-race teen from Queens, New York, and when I answer an advertisement in a magazine, the South Wind shows up at my door to introduce me to a world of adventure, power, and tragedy that feels both strange and right: ghosts, elementals, time travel, magic duels, clashes of culture, teen romance, sacrifice, and ultimate loss. The evil spirit of a bitter and scheming heretic from ancient Alexandria attacks me and forces me to risk everything in order to save his soul. Kids and adults won't stop reading -- The Ghost in the Crystal. I am Simon Magus, and I approve this message.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I originally compared this book to Harry Potter. When somebody is writing about a school of magic, that seems almost instinctive. There are some similarities; however, they were very minor ones.
However, this book is very different than Harry Potter. It immediately had a darker feel. Harry Potter came across innocent; this book was dark at times and left me incredibly sad at times.
What I loved about this book was Posner's ability to create a world that sucked me in so absolutely. Posner brilliantly combined history, philosophy,a and the Jewish culture to create a intriguing fantastical tale that readers will love.
I loved reading from Simon's perspective and watching as he learned more about this world that he is suddenly thrown into. I enjoyed watching him progress as the novel carried on and was beyond curious as I tagged along for his adventures and journey of self-discovery.
I also loved the other characters. I especially liked Leah and loved watching Simon and Leah interact.
This is a story that I think fantasy loves will absolutely adore. Definitely recommend this novel and this series. This book combined very complex plots together into one amazing read.
In Summary: An enjoyable fantasy novel that readers of all ages will eat up.
The Wrap-up: This book was just so intriguing. I haven't read a ton of books that left me this compelled by the world presented within the pages of the text. This one was spell-binding.