The Land of Lost Things by John Connolly is a novel taking place in a magical universe, following a mother trying to save her child. Mr. Connolly is a published author and an international best-seller author.
I never read The Book of Lost Things, which this book references that was published about 17 years ago. About half-way through, however, I realized that I might should have, as there are some references, I believe I missed.
This book is fully of excitement and adventure, happiness and tragedy. The narrative flows and is very well plotted. There are many characters, which I assume were in the first book, but I wasn’t familiar with them. At times I felt as if I was outside of the circle of “those who know”, which is, of course, true.
The last fifth of the book dragged and the flow was interrupted. We read the story through the actions of several characters, and the shifts were a bit confusing and difficult to follow. I felt the ending was somewhat hurried as well.
One of the highlights was the incorporating of dark fairy tales in the narrative, either ones Ceres tells us, or are told to Ceres. I believe that these dark stories actually reflect the original fairy tales than the sugar coated ones we tell these days.
I enjoyed this book very much, but I would recommend reading The Book of Lost Things first. I wish I had.
Ceres’ daughter, eight-year-old Phoebe, is comatose after being in a car accident. Ceres sits by her bed reading the fairy tale stories the Phoebe loved.
Phoebe is moved to a new hospital, where a book is calling to Ceres. She enters a magical land, which includes childhood memories, folklore, and enemies.
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.
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