Book Review: The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
Title: The Secret of Platform 13
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Genre: Fantasy & Magic
Amazon rating: 4.3 stars
A forgotten door on an abandoned railway platform is the entrance to a magical kingdom–an island where humans live happily with feys, mermaids, ogres, and other wonderful creatures. Carefully hidden from the world, the Island is only accessible when the door opens for nine days every nine years. A lot can go wrong in nine days. When the beastly Mrs. Trottle kidnaps the prince of the Island, it’s up to a strange band of rescuers to save him. But can an ogre, a hag, a wizard, and a fey really troop around London unnoticed?
Reviewed by: Stephanie Ayers
I fell in love with this story from the very first paragraph. The writing is clever, witty, and smooth. Ms. Ibbotson has a way with words that plants little pictures in your head. The characters come to life with vivid descriptions. The story clips along at the perfect pace. The action remains steady while she skillfully weaves back story in. My only complaint is that the ending feels rushed. The very last chapter is an excellent and different way of closing out a book. I enjoyed this very much despite it being a YA story.
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