This week I might be going a tiny bit out of my comfort zone. Meaning, I’m going to tell you about a book that didn’t really get me that much.
It’s probably because someone introduced to me Catherine Cooper as “the new J. K. Rowling”, which obviously was a bit of an exaggeration.
Her narrative is quite nice, don’t get me wrong. The story is entertaining and I really enjoyed the shape-shifted raven Camelin. I even got disappointed when at the end he didn’t get a wand for himself (spoiler alert or… is it?).
The story, however, is of Jack Brenin, a little boy who just moved to live with his grandpa and who doesn’t really fit in the local community, because he can’t play football – at least that’s what you get from the first pages.
After kicking the football straight to the face of another kid, Jack runs away from a merciless revenge and accidentally happens in Nora’s garden, a strange old lady, whom everybody is scared of – but who of course will become Jack’s best friend. She heals his wounds and invites him back for tea the next day.
And it’s right then that the someone throws a Golden Acorn at him, turning him into the “Chosen One” to save Glasruhen forest.
What comes next can easily be described as ‘all sorts of things’: Druidic magic, time travel, rituals, reading lessons, flying lessons, cake eating, tunnel digging, fire dragons, talking rats and fantastic creatures.
A mixture of everything that works surprisingly well.
Maybe it won’t ever be a classic, but it makes quite a good reading afternoon!
If you want to know more about this book: Goodreads
If you want to buy this book: Amazon