Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 288
Publisher: Chicken House
Released: 5th of May 2016 

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.

When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.

But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

What I Have to Say 

This is a must read for fans of fairy tales and anyone who's ever lost themselves into the world of stories. Isabella is the kind of girl who lives her life believing in a fairy tale because it's better and more magical than real life and so when danger calls she does what any good heroine should do and heads into danger head on. 

Set on a fictional island somewhere off the coast of Spain, The Girl of Ink and Stars is an evocative story that delves deeply into the realm of cartography. The maps that Isabelle's father draws are so integral to the plot while also revealing a lot about the process that is used to make them. It was really interesting to read about. 

I also loved the friendship that was integral to the plot. It shows how difficult it can be when you have a friend of a different class, who doesn't understand how hard it can be for those who don't have money and acts selfish and spoiled, but it also shows how the bond that the girls share can override it, sending Isabelle into danger to search for her friend. 

I'm really glad I got a chance to read this book and hope that more people will discover it. 

My thanks go to Chicken House for providing me of a copy of this book for review. 

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