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.
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The Book of Wonders was a really fun read. I don't read middle grade novels very often, but I enjoy this one a lot!
Zardi's Arribitha seemed like such a sad place. It used to be a beautiful kingdom, filled with magic. But the evil sultan stomped all that out, killing anyone with the slightest magical ability. But still, Zardi couldn't help craving it, wanting to know as much as possible.
I hated the fact that Zardi's father worked for the sultan, even if he was just trying to keep some of his evil in check. But he was clearlu failing, because one night the sultan comes for Zardi's older sister and turns her into a Praisemaker, meaning that he would hunt and kill her.
And that's where Zardi's adventure begins. She and her best friend, Ridhan, go off in search of a way to save her sister and destroy the sultan. And maybe find out more about where Ridhan comes from. The story is jammed packed with pirates, magic, genies, and non stop action. I loved every minute of it!
My favorite parts were probably the references to Aladdin. They made me smile and excited for the next book. I hope we get to see more of them.
Book of Wonders was a fabulous adventure story that I'm so glad I won, or else I probably would have missed out on it! Check this one out! I promise you won't be disappointed!