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The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
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Mar 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy

This book features a rich and interesting magical world, including elements of steampunk (a magical clock and living clockwork animals), real history (the city of Prague and some characters, such as John Dee, are inspired by real history), and plenty of interesting twists on how magic works. My two 4th graders loved it, and their favorite character, as well as mine, is probably the tin spider, our hero Petra's companion. I admit to never quite being able to get a grip on the whole stolen eyes thing - but maybe that's just my admitted phobia about eye damage! I also found the ending slightly unsatisfactory - I appreciated the author's honesty in pointing out to Petra that her heroic adventure may not actually have been a great idea, but even when we're setting up for the sequel I like a little more closure in each book. However, overall this was a rollicking adventure in an intriguing magical world.
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