A few months ago, Jagi Lamplighter Wright contacted me and asked me if I wanted to read her newest book for a blurb.
Since I’d known Jagi’s work and loved it since the Prospero’s Daughter books, I said “of course” but since I hadn’t read the first book, the Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, I put off reading it for a while, then started the first one late one night and lost two nights and a day to reading the books.
So, how are they?
Mostly they are unusual. Jagi writes a compelling, fully realized not-our-reality.
Yes, some of you will detect shades of Harry Potter but that will be mostly because it’s set in a boarding school. The Roanoke Academy (don’t kill me) makes a lot more sense than Hogwarts even if both remind me of how happy I was reading Enid Blyton under the covers with a flashlight at eleven.
I liked all of it: the mystery, the fully realized and sometimes bewildering characters, the technology and the subtle hints that this world is in fact not our world.
Most of all I liked Rachael, a self-possessed and competent young woman who is none the less very believably an early teen, in her doubts and her second thoughts.
The second book has just been released, and I understand the International Evil Lord Of Evil himself will be giving it a little push today.
So, I thought I’d join the party. See, these books made me feel thirteen again, that indefinable joy and enchantment that comes only when you’re very young — or when you’re reading these books.
You can see why I’d like Jagi to write more of them. Well, that and young me in my head has a crush on Gaius.
They’re an extremely good price, too, so hie thee over to Amazon and give the sample a try.