Title: The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Shades of Nyx
Author: Alison Reeger Cook
Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: May 15, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Young Adult
Cervera, Spain, 1852. David Sandoval is a sixteen-year-old genius on many different subjects, yet he is more content studying than becoming close with family or friends. He accepts an apprenticeship offer from a French architect, and while on his travels to Paris, a foolhardy decision on his part gets him abducted by a gypsy caravan owned by a living Grecian sphinx. The sphinx, seemingly intrigued by the fearless young man, takes him through the Curtain, the gateway between our world and the worlds of the unseen, where many creatures of myth and legend reside.
When David attempts to escape back through the Curtain to the human world, he learns a dark secret: a Shade, an extension of the shadowy Night Goddess Nyx, is slowly draining the sphinx of her most precious talents. Can one normal boy truly undo the inflictions of a goddess, and rescue both the seen and unseen worlds from her dark intentions?
I love a good fantasy book. Especially if it has to do with mythical creatures and magic and dragons. I.Love.Them. Anyway, back to the book. Well firstly, I think the story was quite interesting. The characters are something to definitely look out for. And by characters I mean, both humans and mythological ones. All of them are so different. There's mystery and secrets and adventure and I think almost everything you'd want in a fantasy novel.
I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'll just speak in general. My favourite character so far is a shape-shifting badger named Tanuki. Ohmygosh I love it. And ofcourse there's our hero, David Sandoval. In some way, I could really relate to him. Especially, the way he thinks and how he becomes more sensible. But there were certain parts in the book which were umm... slightly tedious. Like I-may-have-to-put-this-book-down kind of tedious.
That, and also maybe the book would have been more suitable for schoolkids. But anyway, I definitely enjoyed it. Its sequel is set to release this December.Yay!
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
RATINGS: 3 out of 5
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