With her telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, and her trusted friend, Digby, Jemma navigates increasingly dark forces, as helpers both seen and unseen, gather. But in the end, it is her own powers that she must bring to light, for only she has the key to defeating the evil ones and fulfilling the prophecy that will bring back the sun and restore peace in Anglavia."
The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff was a wonderful and very intelligent Middle Grade novel in the lieu of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter! I loved it!
The story takes places in a world called Anglavia, a land that is dominated by an evil family who control the mist that covers the entire land and chokes the people, keeping them under their control. It is in this dark family that the story's MC comes from, a young girl named Jemma who comes to understand that she does not belong with her family - she is not evil.. and thus the adventure starts!
The novel was fast-paced and exciting, and when things did slow down for characters and the world to be better developed for the reader, I was not bored at all. Grindstaff has created a rich and complex, yet realistic world that entertains and adds something new and fun to the fantasy genre. Jemma is accompanied by her two telepathic rats Noodle and Pie, who have the most awesome names!
Grindstaff's writing is crisp and neat and pulls you in to the pages so that you can imagine everything completely - you will not want to put the book done. It seriously has that vibe..I cannot completely explain it, but I loved this book and cannot wait for the sequel.
The story builds suspense and is funny and sweet and at times, dark, but just the right amount as to not scare people away, but to keep them hooked!
You will love it!
Buy It HERE!!