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The Bronze King

(The Sorcery Hall Trilogy #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Weird things began to happen, Tina noticed, right after the explosion in the subway. Stuff was disappearingY_ordinary things like the closet doorknob and Tina's best sneakers, highly improbable ones like the kitchen linoleum, and most amazing of all, the great bronze statue of King Jagiello in Central Park.The three punky guys who kept turning up, with their chains and wri ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Bantam Skylark (first published October 1st 1985)
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Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intelligently written and surprisingly deep in spots for a middle-grade book. I especially loved Paavo and Granny Gran. Probably for their quirks and eccentricities. Oh, and this bit sprinkled in near the end was just right:

"Hey, did you ever hear of such a thing as a human being? A human being, you know, a person? I'm one of those, though I happen to be a female-type human being. That means I do things myself like anybody else, even if they happen to be dangerous things. Which I'd better be abl
Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Refreshing to read YA fantasy with female mc.
Slightly dated (from 1985) as there are pay phones and letter writing and not omnipresent cell phones. HAVING SAID THAT
this is a good book of fantasy, with quest, with a female mc that is allowed to be female, flawed, and successful. And the boy in the book calls her on it and she calls him a macho pig. A victory as great as the one in the book.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd never read this middle-grade contemporary fantasy before, and have to say even though it's a tiny bit dated, it's still a great New York City adventure with a smart, forthright, and realistic young female protagonist. I would have loved it at that age and liked it fine at this one. I look forward to reading the next two in the series ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great young adult urban fantasy in a vivid and real mid eighties Manhattan.
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
In the About section, it said this was originally a story about a clubhouse of wizards. Now I'm sad it wasn't and wondering if I can find a book that is. ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Astonishingly dull, considering the raves the author's other work has garnered. Flat characters and too-easy happenings make this book feel like a movie treatment, not a novel. ...more
Nan Silvernail
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Valentine Marsh is a savvy young girl living in New York City with her divorced working mother. She leads a fairly ordinary life of going to school, shopping for groceries, now and then cooking for her late-working mother, greeting her doorman, riding the subway and all that. She also reads about heroes and goes to the opera. Her friends are starting to be interested in boys. Then one day things start disappearing. Things near and around her. Small things and then big things. Then a really big t ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This is not your typical fantasy book that takes place on another world with dwarves and elves. This book's setting is in modern times in New York City. The reason The Bronze King is a fantasy book for young adults is because the story revolves around a young girl just coming into magical powers that she inherited from her grandmother.

This is a good story not only for girl readers, but for boys also. I have not read a lot of books with 14 year-old girls as the hero, and I was a little trepidatio
Leah Coffin
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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This is the first of a good YA fantasy trilogy in which teen Val Marsh becomes entangled in a series of encounters with dark magic, through her grandmother's connection with the magic club or school called Sorcery Hall. I like Charnas's good teenage characterization, particularly in Val's relationship with her mother, and I like how through the course of the trilogy, Val slowly comes to depend on herself rather than on others. I find the Sorcery Hall concept more distracting than anything else, ...more
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I can't really explain completely why I love this book so much. It is also the first book that I read more than once on my own, without someone making me. Its Fantasy, the characters seem real, and it has action without being too overly dramatic. Also, I just like it, because I do. It's also one of those for me. ...more
Grace Makley
What an unexpected delight. This is a truly excellent piece of urban fantasy. Incredible voice, strong characters, satisfying ending, just enough bittersweet. Everything you want. I picked it out blind from a discount rack of used books, and I'm so glad I did. ...more
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Suzy McKee Charnas, a native New Yorker raised and educated in Manhattan, surfaced as an author with WALK TO THE END OF THE WORLD (1974), a no-punches-pulled feminist SF novel and Campbell award finalist. The three further books that sprang from WALK (comprising a futurist, feminist epic about how people make history and create myth) closed in 1999 with THE CONQUEROR’S CHILD, a Tiptree winner (as ...more

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