Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge England, the World. This is a newer life for her and one she is struggling to fit in to. Adapting to this very different lifestyle is complicated by the fact her mother is very sick.
Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms – The Kingdom of Cello. Elliot is a favourite son on Bonfire, hero of the local ball team and popular with the girls, but he is struggling to come to terms with his father’s disappearance. These two people discover a crack between the worlds and start communicating, a very dangerous thing for Elliot to do.
Things in the Kingdom are very different to things in the world, for in the Kingdom seasons roam at will and bells warn of attacks from different colours. Is there any way these two people from very different places can help each other?
This is a lyrical story, gentle and enthralling. Moriarty has presented a world that we know and given it a touch of the strange in the form of Madeleine’s past life which seems somehow fantastical. She has paired it with the fantastical realm of Cello, which is very unfamiliar but seems incredibly tangible for all that is fantastical about it. Madeleine and Elliot have stories that tug at you, drawing you in and they are all the more engaging because they aren’t perfect. This story has a delicate touch as it weaves it’s spell around you until the last page.
Recommended and I look forward to reading the next one.
Published: 01 October 2012
Format: Paperback 400 pages
ISBN 13: 9781742611396
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