Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Conjuring Glass by Brian Knight
When thirteen-year-old orphan Penny Sinclair moves to the small town of Dogwood to live with her godmother, she expects her life to become very dull. She doesn't expect to find a strange talking fox roaming the countryside near her new home, a kindred spirit in her new friend Zoe, or the secret grove where they discover the long hidden magic of The Phoenix Girls.
Learning to use magic isn't easy, though; Penny and Zoe get their magic wrong almost as often as they get it right. When something sinister threatens Dogwood, their often accidental magic may be the only thing that can stop it.
Ever since J.K. Rowling wrote the final Harry Potter book, I have been dying to find another fantasy book about witches and wizards that's just as good. That void has been unfulfilled until now. The Phoenix Girls has finally fulfilled it.
The Conjuring Glass was a great start to the series. I especially enjoyed the first two parts of the book. Brian Knight's writing style will have the reader hooked. I was reading late at night, flipping pages to try to figure out how Penny and Zoe were going to get themselves out of the crazy situations that they got into. I will admit, I slightly lot interest during part three. It was boring at times. However, after about twenty or thirty pages, I got back into the story line again.
I enjoyed all of the characters. Penny is an awesome female heroine. I think that she is a great role model for middle school children. She always stands up for what she believes, and never backs down. She also stands up for a friend that is being badly bullied, which I find very admirable. My favorite character is Rowan. Not only is he an adorable talking fox, but he is a wonderful teacher for the girls. He is wise beyond his years, and is always willing to protect Penny and Zoe.
The end of The Conjuring Glass left me with a lot of questions. The book ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger. I can't wait to find out more about Penny's past. I'm especially looking forward to finding out more about her dad. I'm also interested to see how the girls interact together, and how their powers develop more. I'm hoping that they will be able to defeat Tover and Birdman. I loved this book. It reminded me a lot of Harry Potter, if Harry Potter would have had three female main characters instead of two males and a female. I strongly urge fans of the Harry Potter series to read this book. I'm sad that it isn't more popular than what it is.
I give The Conjuring Glass: 4/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.