Marabel and the Book of Fates
By Tracy Barrett
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date: February 2018
Series: Book #1 in the Marabel of Magikos Trilogy
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
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In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate’s ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given every opportunity, Marabel is overlooked and has to practice her sword fighting in secret.
But on the night of their thirteenth birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, accompanied by her best friend and a very smug unicorn, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants–and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.
So I have been LOVING middle grade lately. I think it has to do with the fact that bad things happen but characters dying is very rare (which I like).
This is another Middle Grade that I’ve loved. The main Character Marabel is a twin who loves in the kingdom of Magikos. I love her as a character. She is overlooked by her family a lot of the time in leu of her twin brother Marco. I think this feeling is one that young readers can relate to and its definitely one that one of my girls at school will really understand, so I’m looking forward to letting her borrow it for reading time.
I really enjoyed the adventure aspect of this book and all the magical creatures we meet along the way. I am a huge fan of world building which made this book perfect got me.
My only issue with this book is the pace and how the princess was dealt with by her family near the end. It made me so mad and bitter! Although I think that was the point.
This is a series I am looking forward to continuing!
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
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