Sarah's Stars

Kai Meyer. The Shell Magicians
Egmont  $12.95  ISBN 978-1-4052-1636-4  345 pg.
Reviewed by Victoria, Age 11

The voice of the Acherus roused her.

Jolly woke with a start. She felt as if her skull had struck something hard, her headache was so bad. She was lying on a scratchy raffia mat, and a woollen blanket lay in an untidy heap beside her. A narrow strip of daylight fell through the window opening roughly hacked in the side of the cave, but it couldn’t drive away the shadows around the rumpled bed where she had been tossing and turning. She must have knocked the jug of water over in the night, and the contents had evaporated in the oppressive heat. Not even the rock walls around her could cool the stuffy air.

Where was she? What was she doing here?

Stranded on a tiny island, Jolly and Griffin climb across an unfinished bridge, and surprisingly, they find the Maelstrom gloomily waiting on the other end. The kobalins attack, and after a chase and battle, the mysterious Ghost Trader magically appears and takes them to Aelenium.

Like The Wave Runners, this book was amazing, full of non-stop action. There were shocking twists on every page, which made you never want to put it down. You could tell what all the characters were feeling, as you read between the lines. I seriously think these books are amazing and I hope to read the third book in this series.

I give The Shell Magicians 5 jolly stars!

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