Fans of Anne Ursu will love Anne Nesbet's tale of music and friendship, set against an age-old war between magic and science.
In the enchanted village of Lourka, almost-twelve-year-old Linny breaks an ancient law. Girls are forbidden to so much as touch the town's namesake musical instrument before their twelfth birthday or risk being spirited away. But Linny can't resist the call to play a lourka, so she builds one herself.
When the punishment strikes her best friend instead, Linny must leave home to try to set things right. With her father's young apprentice, Elias, along for the journey, Linny travels from the magical wrinkled country to the scientific land of the Plain, where she finds herself at the center of a battle between the logical and the magical.
About the Author
Anne Nesbet teaches classes on silent films and Russian novels at UC Berkeley. The author of The Cabinet of Earths and A Box of Gargoyles, she lives near San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and one irrepressible dog.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an amazing book from start to finish. So much adventure and fun. If you like adventure, then this is the story for you, and it starts in the land of Lourka. . .
I read the whole thing in two great gulps, last night and this morning, and I cried when I finished. This is a magical marvel of a story, unique and transporting, the kind of book that might easily become a child's favorite and follow them through their whole lives, like A Wrinkle In Time or The Phantom Tollbooth. The world in these pages is mysterious and mesmerizing. I kept trying to puzzle it out, trying to survey it and map it like the logical person of the Plains that I am. But by the end, I didn't want the world to make sense in that way; I wanted it to stay wrinkled and confusing and complex in ways I couldn't explain. The shape of the novel mirrors and reflects the story it tells, which is in itself a kind of magic. This book is, in my opinion, quite brilliant.