The Book of Wonders
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Rating: 3.5 stars
Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her. Along with her best friend, Ridhan—a silver-haired, violet-eyed boy of mysterious origins—and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.
The Book of Wonders was a book I was very excited for. I adore fantasy, and middle grade fantasy always has this quality about it that rocks. It was a cute book, but was not everything I had been hoping for.
I found The Book of Wonders to have a slower start – it took me about 150 pages before I really got into the story. The world was very creative. I loved that right away when I started reading, within a few chapters, I had a grasp on the world. The story never went where I was expecting – before I started I had a much different idea of what I thought it was going to be about. I liked that quality about it.
The characters were an interesting mix. I adored Roco – he was definitely my favorite character of the book. Sula was another character who was quite awesome. She played a smaller role in this book, but I hope to see more of her in book 2!
I am now curious for book 2 – as the story cut off at a really high action time. I wanted a few more answers to be revealed before this book was tied up.
This one was a promising debut and I’m curious to see more from Jasmine Richards. It didn’t have all the qualities I was looking for, but I still enjoyed the story. I am curious to hear more from Zardi and Ridhan and their fascinating world.