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The Cabinet of WondersWhy? Petra doesn't know but she knows this she will go to Prague sneak into Salamander Castle and steal her father's eyes backJoining forces with Neel whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem and that her father's clock has powers capable of destroying their world I love love books with strong spunky heroines And The Cabinet of Wonders has one of the spunkiest heroines out there She’s not infallible in fact she’s entirely too fallible but there is a charm to her that draws you into her world and keeps you there right beside her as she has escapades that would make any respectable mama swoon Petra’s father as you will know from the summary has been relieved of hisuheyes by the boy prince of the country in which he lives So Petra decides to get them back It’s a foolhardy and almost impossible plan but Petra’s not one to let little things like impossibilities slow her downThe book is a glorious read The pace is fast at times and honeyed at others The fictional and real world intersperse brilliantly and you can almost believe that such a world once existed somewhere in time The characters all of them are so awesomely crafted their detail their characteristics the subtleties within their personalities – they are a pleasure to read There is no real romance right now and I am sort of glad because Petra is to me not at that age where she is distracted by the notion of boys being than playmates we start off with Petra being 12 But there’s a promise of it from two different boys who are going to hopefully turn into interesting men once the books continueThe intrigue is well layered so that even at the end of the book the promise of the future is delicious on your tongue and you can’t help but imagine what other hijinks Petra will get into And oh there are mechanical spiders puppies and monkeys – steampunk ish You can’t lose with this book guys Marie Rutkoski’s debut novel joins the ranks of much loved spunky heroines shelves that contains other gems such as Julia Golding’s Cat Royal series Stephanie Burgis’s Kat series and Bloody Jack series by L A Meyer

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Rap lightning inside a glass sphere Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world's finest astronomical clockPetra's life is forever changed when one day her father returns home – blind The prince has stolen his eyes enchanted them and now wears them But this was a page turner it really hard to put down i liked this book for several reasons my top reason is it was CREATIVE talking spiders magic clocks stolen eyes a whole mish mash of creative fun my faveriout part is a the begining when petra finds out the the prince has stolen her fathers eyes she want revenge

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ePub ë mobi The Cabinet of Wonders · 9780374310264 Free à Marie Rutkoski's startling debut novel the first book in the Kronos Chronicles about the risks we take to protect those we love brims with magic political intrigue and heroismPetra Kronos has a simple happy life But it's never been ordinary She has a pet tiMarie Rutkoski's startling debut novel the first book in the Kronos Chronicles about the risks we take to protect those we love brims with magic political intrigue and heroismPetra Kronos has a simple happy life But it's never been ordinary She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice Her best friend can t It seems to me that today's average everyday fantasy author for kids has to walk a delicate line You want to create an alternative history novel laden with magical elements? Fair enough Here is the choice set before you Nine times out of ten books of this sort whether they're of the steampunk variety or the common knights wizardry type stuff are written for kids thirteen and up Think about it The King of Attolia books Philip Reeve's Larklight series Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy and so on and such All of these are mature books for mature readers They deal with large themes long complicated plots and dark motivations So do you skew your book older or younger? Really when you sit down and think about it Marie Rutkoski's new series The Kronos Chronicles is a rare beastie In her first installment The Cabinet of Wonders Rutkoski opts for the younger end of the spectrum combining just the right mix of kid fantasy within a well planned historical setting I'm as tired of new otherworldly series as the rest of you but Rutkoski's new world is crisp and smart enough to win over even the most jaded fantasy fanWhen they brought her father home with bloody bandages over his eyes that's when Petra Kronos got good and mad Her father was given a remarkable commission construct a clock for the prince himself in Prague But instead of showering her father with gifts and praise upon its completion the prince plucks out his eyes so as to make them his own and prevent her dad from creating anything uite as nice again Yet the clock is than it seems With the potential to control the weather itself the Prince knows full well how powerful he could be if he just managed to put together the final piece Now Petra is determined to steal back her father's eyes before that happens even if it means befriending the Roma sneaking into the palace helping a woman who can leak acid through her skin and reluctantly working alongside the magician and spy John Dee Fortunately she has her tin spider Astrophil by her side and a host of talents that even she has been unaware of until nowOne of the problems I've had with a lot of fantasy novels lately is just how bloody long they are Blame Harry Potter blame Twilight blame whoever you like but the fact of the matter is that a lot of authors aren't taking the hint that sometimes your novel really doesn't have to be 300 pages Now let's take a gander at The Cabinet of Wonders Coming in at a trim 258 Rutkoski could have explained at length about everything from Petra's mother's death to the girl's experiences with her in laws while her father was away Instead we are plopped into the story midstream and Rutkoski has a clear enough sense of the story she's telling to fill the small background details along the way The result is a story that moves at a uick clip but never hurries so uickly that you loose the plot's thread or get confused about where things are going In spite of the fact that you are reading yet another book about a motherless daughter whose doting scientific father pays her little heed this territory is still relatively newI was a bit partial to the writing too Just because the author isn't indulging in ludicrous fripperies doesn't mean that she hasn't an ear for a keen description once in a while Check out this uickie encapsulation of our heroine's eyes Petra's eyes were gray or to be precise they were silvery like they each had been made with liuid metal anchored in a bright circle by a black center More interesting still Rutkoski sometimes makes the executive decision to switch point of view willy nilly between Petra and someone near her Interestingly enough the person she does this with the most is the evil prince Making the executive decision to enter the head of your villain is something we've been seeing a lot of in children's literature lately see The Underneath by Kathi Appelt and is always a risk You could go too far and confuse the reader with this change of personality Rutkoski's transitions aren't as smooth as they could be but they ultimately serve the tale she's telling and don't go so far as to hurt it or anythingAs the Author's Note at the end is careful to point out the book takes place during the European Renaissance at the end of the sixteenth century in Bohemia part of the Hapsburg Empire In this note Ms Rutkoski mentions that she was at first a little worried that people would take issue with the way in which she has manhandled history She has little to fear Historical fiction is one thing Pseudo historical fantasy another altogether though I'd be willing to debate with someone on this point So while she may not be 100% accurate at all times I doubt anyone would demand it of her In any case she works in enough real details to give the book spice I was particularly pleased with the moment when John Dee shows Petra a painting of ueen Elizabeth that shows her wearing a yellow dress covered in eyes and ears It sounds like just another fantastical idea on the page but the actual image known as The Rainbow Portrait is rather famous and well worth searching outLet's talk gypsies Over the years I've shuddered each and every time I've seen them in a work of children's fiction Gypsies are like fairies or elves to most authors You just throw them into a plot and hope that they end up kidnapping kidstelling fortunes at some point There's never any acknowledgment that there are real Gypsies in the world nor any complexity to their characters So it was that I was amazed at how careful Rutkoski was with her Gypsy which is to say Roma characters In her Author's Note she acknowledges their past and the fact that they are certainly real And when she uses them in the book it's almost as if she's mocking those old literary tropes A Roma woman does indeed offer to tell Petra her future but when the girl politely refuses it's seen as the correct action What's I loved how Neel would work Roma stories into the narrative alongside concepts like the idea of zero There's a lot going on here and it's handled with evident careThere isn't exactly a lack of child friendly fantasies out there sure But we've finally gotten to the point where the Harry Potter wannabes have slacked off a little leaving room for other kinds of series And as for fantasies written with the 9 12 year olds in mind The Cabinet of Wonders is joining books like Savvy and Out of the Wild to entertain our slightly younger readers With enough originality to choke a nag Rutkoski firmly establishes herself as a new author to watch I'll keep an eye eagerly peeled for her future booksAges 9 and up