Books are an infinitesimal immensely magical thing and I say this entirely biasedly and without hesitation or qualification. And sometimes the magic within a particular book finds its way into the world, much like it does in A Book of Spirit and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes.
Crystal a.k.a. Crys Hatcher and her sister Becca are working in their family’s bookstore in Toronto when a delivery from their aunt Jackie arrives in the mail. Crys ignores to the fact that the package is addressed to their mother and opens it anyway. But when Becca touches the book, something strange happens and puts her into a coma and sends her spirit to a different world, Mytica. In Mytica, Maddox is a boy-witch who can summon spirits through his necromancy, so when he can see and speak with Becca, it’s no surprise that he’s the only one that can help her. Farrell Grayson is the middle son of a wealthy family in Toronto and involved in a secret society that delves into magic and vigilante justice. Crys, Farrell, Becca, and Maddox are intertwined and their lives will never be the same because of it.
I will readily admit that I have not read the Falling Kingdoms series, but now I feel as if I just have to because I enjoyed the characters and the world building details that were presented in this prequel to the series that assumed no prior knowledge. As with virtually any YA story I read, I was immediately on guard about the love angle of the story. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the love aspect to this story wasn’t too cliche or overt. And no love triangle!!!!! Hip, hip, hurray! The fantasy elements and reality mixed together well throughout the narrative and the three alternating point of view narrations delineated the different realms, as it were, efficiently and helped to provide a cohesive whole to connect the story’s events together.
Overall, I’d give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.