- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Odyssey Books (30 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1925652246
- ISBN-13: 978-1925652246
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Esme's Wish Paperback – 30 Oct 2017
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Captivating. This colorful, well-constructed tale is as much detective story as fantasy and deftly blends both elements into a page-turning plot that hooks the reader in. The world's lushly described architecture, mythology, sirens, and dragons create the allure of being whisked away into a great adventure. (Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite)
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Elizabeth Foster’s characters ‒ human and otherwise ‒ are well-drawn, solidly real in their family tensions and peer struggles; so real that one particular character always conjured up the image of a young teen I used to know, who would have relished being cast in such a tale.
But there are other characters at play here: the locations themselves, tactile and vivid, equal partners with the characters in the drama that unfolds. The powerful sense of place filled me up with light and air and sea in the way a long weekend at the coast does. One location reminded me of a certain ancient European city (sorry, no spoilers!), where I’ve felt lost in a maze of time and feared I might never get home. Esme’s Wish is like that: a world of delights and wonders where you long to explore, yet fear what may lie beneath.
I loved so much about this book: Esme and her friends; the enigmatic Amaris; the worlds of Spindrift and Esperance; the storyline itself, with its themes of loss and seeking and enchantment. I really look forward to the next in this series ‒ a really great read for YA and higher Middle Grade readers.
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