Published by Atria on Jul 3, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: Hardcover from Publisher
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A drowning, a magician’s curse, and a centuries-old secret.
1537. A man hurries through city streets in a gathering snowstorm, clutching a box in one hand. He is Johann Faust, the greatest magician of his age. The box he carries contains a mirror safeguarding a portion of his soul and a small ring containing all the magic in the world. Together, they comprise something unimaginably dangerous.
London, the present day. Fifteen-year-old Gavin Stokes is boarding a train to the countryside to live with his aunt. His school and his parents can’t cope with him and the things he sees, things they tell him don’t really exist. At Pendurra, Gavin finds people who are like him, who see things too. They all make the same strange claim: magic exists, it’s leaking back into our world, and it’s bringing something terrible with it.
First in an astonishingly imaginative fantasy trilogy, Advent describes how magic was lost to humanity, and how a fifteen-year-old boy discovers that its return is his inheritance. It begins in a world recognizably our own, and ends an extraordinarily long way from where it started—somewhere much bigger, stranger, and richer.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I feel so torn about this book. On one hand I really liked Gavin’s character and found his story quite engaging and interesting, and parts of it were told with a very magical prose, but on the other hand, Gavin’s story is interspersed with Johann’s narration, and this part had me very confused and uninterested.
Writing my review several weeks after reading the book is a bad idea here as most of the story has faded in my memory, which is never a great sign. I know there were parts that had a very magical feel, and I can almost recapture the floaty feeling reading it gave me, which I really loved. It makes me want to continue the series, even if I didn’t love the whole book.
The parts I didn’t love were mostly Johann’s back story. I was so confused at times while reading it, and it didn’t seem to really impact the rest of the story. I think it was a little extraneous and wasn’t needed as it didn’t fit the feel of the rest of the book.
Overall, I wanted to love this book, and while I really liked parts, the book didn’t come together as a whole. I am hoping that since this was the start of a trilogy, the rest of the series sticks with the magical prose of Gavin, with Johann’s story being less in focus.