Monday, January 6, 2014

Bibliophile's Corner

The Twistrose Key
by Tone Almhjell

Flap Copy Description:
Something is wrong in the house that Lin's family has rented; Lin is sure of it.
The clocks tick too slowly. Frost covers the flower bed, even in a rainstorm. And when a secret key marked "Twistrose" arrives for her, Lin finds a crack in the cellar; a gate to the world of Sylver.
     This frozen realm is the home of every dead animal ta ever loved a child. Lin is overjoyed to be reunited with Rufus, the pet she buried under a rosebush. But together they must find the missing Winter Prince in order to save Sylver from destruction.
     They are not the only ones hunting for the boy this night. In the dark hides a shadow-lipped man, waiting for the last Winter Prince to be delivered into his hands.

My Thoughts:
The Twistrose Key is the delightful debut middle grade novel from Tone Almhjell of Oslo, Norway. This fantasy adventure story is set in the magical kingdom of wintry Sylver; features anthropomorphic animal characters; and contains some of the best writing I've read in a children's book in a long time. Can you tell I love this book?! If you enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia, The Wind in the Willows, or the more recent Wildwood Chronicles, you'll love this upper middle grade novel too. I would highly recommend The Twistrose Key to readers from the ages of eight to eighty!

To learn more about the author, Tone Almhjell, click here: http://thetwistrosekey.com/#author

9 comments:

  1. I love the cover! I'm always interested to read books by authors from other countries. As a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia I'm going to add this onto my TBR. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. I have never been able to get interested in fantasy novels. Wish I could. Both of my daughters loved all of the Narnia books and movies, but still, I could not be persuaded. I am glad you enjoyed this one so much, Victoria!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth. Stay warm back there on the East Coast! :-)

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  3. I never heard of this book. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. You're welcome, Theresa. Since I now you're a fan of fantasy, I'm sure you'll love it!

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  4. I thought of Narnia when I was reading your review. Is it too similar? or does it have it's own voice?

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    1. It definitely has its own voice, Sara. The protagonist Lin, acts and SOUNDS totally different than Lucy and her siblings! :-)

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    2. The Twistrose Key also has a completely different storyline than The Chronicles of Narnia.

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