Friday, January 3, 2014

Pantomime (Pantomime #1) - Paul's Review

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Title: Pantomime (Pantomime #1)
Author: Laura Lam
Year Published: 2013

Ashley's Pantomime (#1) PRE-READING

Synopsis: R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilization long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.


Review: There is so much about this book that makes it absolutely amazing. First off, it is very well written. I love the way the two parallel stories of Spring and Summer interact, revealing things in such an interesting way. There were many things references in Summer that we only learned the truth about later in the book during a Spring chapter. 

I love books that delve into multiple genres. This book sits nicely between fantasy and sci-fi. The technological remnants of the past, Vestige, play a nice part in the mystery. There are so many cool details of the world that make it unique and not just another fantasy or another steampunk. Is this a fantasy world or the far future? Aliens?

The reveals are done expertly in this book. I loved the mystery. Even after finishing, I still have so many questions!

The details of the protagonist(s) thoughts really fledged out the characters. I loved the perspective.

Not only the main characters were detailed. I loved learning about all of the circus folk. There's so much depth and diversity in this novel. 

Gender plays a big role in this novel and to stay away from spoilers, I loved the questions and conversations this novel brings foreword. 

There are snippets at the beginning of chapters that I found really interesting. It was cool to see writing from this fantasy world and I loved how they were relevant to each chapter. 

I absolutely loved this book. And I am starting its sequel right now! I give it a very worthy 5/5 and highly recommend it.


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