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The Celestial Globe by Marie Rutkoski
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Jul 03, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: juv, fantasy, historical-fiction
Read from July 03 to 06, 2010

I was so thrilled to read this sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders that I had it on my "to-order" list months in advance. It didn't disappoint, although I do think the first book is my favorite so far (and I would definitely read the books in order, both for plot and character development). Rutkoski does something wonderful with the series format: she gives you many of your favorite characters back, including Astrophil the tin spider; she maintains key plot elements, like the wonderful blend of history and fantasy; and she makes her villains as complex and ambiguous as before.

But she also isn't afraid of throwing new things into the mix, like taking the action to a new country while still leaving us with questions about what's going on back in Bohemia. She includes some of the fantasy elements from the first book, but develops them and adds in the globes, which I won't spoil for you. She has you interested in the fate of the gypsies, in Petra's father, in the Dee family, in how the globes will be used, and in what on earth will happen to the characters in their next destination.

I'd recommend this series to fans of both fantasy and historical fiction, anyone looking for strong female characters, and anyone looking for a strong, slightly out of the ordinary adventure.

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