A magic land, crowns with special powers, weird animals including fire-breathing dragons? Sign me up! Even before I began reading the book, the colourful, almost magical book cover enchanted me. And after the first few pages, I was hooked.
This is how the magic starts
D.E. Night transported me in a different world, a world where Ivy Lovely, a sixteen-year-old scauldron maid, works in the kitchen of a nonmagical castle. Until one day, she is forced to leave and discovers she possesses weird abilities and even weirder, she’s accepted to the most prestigious school for Scrivenists.
The school teaches two kind of classes. The first one is for Ivy and people like her, who posses a hint of magic in their blood and are destined to become Scrivenists. The second type are classes for royal princesses to hone the skills given by the jewels in their crowns (every royal receives a jewel with special powers, from the power to wield fire to the power to transform himself in all kind of animals)
Arriving at the Halls of Ivy, our main character begins to discover the truth about her past and about her true powers.
Even from the first pages, the book gave me a very Harry Potter-ish feeling. That being said, I never got the impression of a rip-off. D.E. Night managed to create a universe that is unique and strange. It was always leaving me wanting to find out more about the world of Croswald and it’s strange rules and custom. I can’t wait to read the next instalment of the series.
Some final Badgery thoughts
As the holiday season is approaching, I highly recommend this book to be read in the coziness of your home, near the Christmas Tree, accompanied by a steaming cup of cocoa.