Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Review: The Ghost in the Crystal by Matt Posner


The Ghost in the Crystal
(School of Ages, #1)
Received for Review
Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: December 5, 2010
Publisher: Self-published
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.30
Pages: 328

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. 

Love,

Danica Page

3 comments:

  1. You have piqued my curiosity on this one..a school of magic, dark who can resist!

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    1. I'm glad I could pique your interest. It is long, but it is very imaginative.

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  2. This sounds like my kind of book. I love dark fantasy! And a school of magic is always interesting to read about. Great review. I need this book now. :P

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