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Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
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Jul 21, 12

bookshelves: childrens, fantasy, historical-fiction, mg
Read in June, 2012

Picked this up today on my train ride. From the time I cracked the cover to the time my ride was over I didn't want to stop reading (few times I glanced up in panic, sure I'd missed my stop on the train). Very quick reading despite what is a a dark and peculiar sort of story set in historical England.

The author really can spin a good yarn and had me turning pages until the very end. It really is a well told tale. I do feel like there were more than a few things not completely wrapped up in the story, thought the author is not necessarily required to do so. Dark puppet masters, cursed gems, unhappy orphans, kidnapped children and a deceptive sorceress. Definitely good stuff!

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