I’m always a fan of new voices in the fantasy genre. I love seeing what people bring to life – those stories and worlds that have been hidden away in their imagination. Reading is seriously the best!
Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her small western town. But she has always followed the rules, taking the potion the Chemists ration out that helps the town’s people survive. A potion that Grey suspects she—like her grandfather and father—may not actually need.
By working at her grandfather’s repair shop, sorting the small gears and dusting the curio cabinet inside, Grey has tried to stay unnoticed—or as unnoticed as a tall, strong girl can in a town of diminutive, underdeveloped citizens. Then her best friend, Whit, is caught by the Chemists’ enforcers after trying to protect Grey one night, and after seeing the extent of his punishment, suddenly taking risks seems the only decision she can make.
But with the risk comes the reality that the Chemists know her family’s secret, and the Chemists soon decide to use her for their own purposes. Panicked, Grey retreats to the only safe place she knows—her grandfather’s shop. There, however, a larger secret confronts her when her touch unlocks the old curio cabinet in the corner and reveals a world where porcelain and clockwork people are real. There, she could find the key that may save Whit’s life and also end the Chemists’ dark rule forever.
What a different type of fantasy novel! I appreciated the characters and worlds Evangeline created. I love seeing books that have strong and brave women and Grey is one such girl, doing what it takes to help those she cares about.
There were a couple different plot lines that veered off of what I expected and that took me some time to adjust to it. That’s definitely a personal preference though and there’s still more to come, so I’m left wondering what’s in store next. I know that’s very vague, but no spoilers right?! While there were some parts I would have liked to see move a bit faster, Denmark has created a very interesting fantasy world. It definitely wasn’t what I expected going in. I’m also curious if future books will take us back to places we saw in Curio. Only time will tell right? 🙂
Have you read this one yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
(Thank you to Blink for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)