Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Little Orphan Anvil: The Shades of Fate by Joseph Beekman

With the discovery of a "legendary" pumpkin patch in the dark of the deadwoods, the witch returns in this second installment to the tale of magic and metal. The Land of Iron and Anvil is once again threatened with the dark magic of the witch, and the little robot, Anvil, along with some new and old friends, must venture into the shadowy lands of the realm to stop her wicked ways...and seal her fate.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
For some reason, I've been on a middle grade binge reading session lately. It's all I've been wanting to read. It's unusual for me. Usually I prefer young adult books, or adult fantasy. I read the first book in the Little Orphan Anvil trilogy a couple of years ago, and loved it. Recently, I decided to pick up the sequel, The Shades of Fate. I loved it just as much as the original, if not more so.

There's just something magical about Joseph Beekman's writing style. While reading Shades of Fate, I found myself completely immersed in the story line.  The Shades of Fate had a fast paced plot that kept me interested from beginning to end. It was intriguing to see how the kids solved their problems, even when a solution to the problem seemed impossible. At one point, the book even had me biting my nails, worried about how the kids were going to get out of their situation.

I loved Little Orphan Anvil: The Shades of Fate. I've read quite a few of Joseph Beekman's books, and I think this might just be my favorite one so far. He has a way of writing that make the reader feel like he or she is in the story, going on adventures with the main characters. I can't wait to read the final book in the trilogy, The Gravelands of Fate, and see how everything is wrapped up. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good fantasy story with a twist, kids and adults alike.

I give Little Orphan Anvil: The Shades of Fate: 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.

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