Written by Sally Gardner, Published November 2019 by Zephyr Books
I am still relatively new to blog tours but appreciate how positive reviews and major publicity can help sell an authors books. I learn a bit more each time I take part in a blog tour and I must thank Jade at Zephyr for the chance to be a part of this tour, and for a review copy of the book.
“A pitch-perfect story that soars with the imagination of a master storyteller, about a crystal chandelier that splinters into a thousand pieces, a girl who has lost her way in the gutter of time and a dangerous game called the Reckoning.”
Master storyteller is an apt description of Sally Gardner. She has unique ideas and an ingenious creativity exuding from her books. I, Coriander and The Wind in the Wall are other brilliant books of hers to try. They are masterfully written and incredibly original.
I truly enjoyed reading the Dear Reader page explaining some of the inspiration for Invisible in a Bright Light. It sheds some light on how an idea can bloom from a fascinating item.
I admit to initially rereading the beginning of this book, feeling as though I was caught in a dark and enchanted riddle. I was completely hooked and wanted to solve the riddle of the man in the emerald suit, a game called the Reckoning and Celeste.
Trying to follow the plot line of Celeste, her past life as Maria and figuring out who can be trusted throughout the book keep the reader hooked and I am sure I am not alone in admitting this book did just that. I read it in one sitting and loved it.
Meeting characters who I loved to hate and who I wished to know more made the book even more enjoyable. I particularly liked the characters of Madame Sabina and Hildegard for the reasons above. I loved to hate Madame and wished for so much more for Hildegard. The friends Celeste makes and the lengths they go through to protect her and keep her safe are admirable.
An intense plot, flitting from Celeste to Maria, from past to present is richly written and full of wonderful details and scenes.
I would not forgive myself if I let any spoilers loose so I will end my review there and urge you to read the book and take a peek at the other bloggers taking part in the blog tour this month.