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Our review this week is for The Wrinkled Crown. I was intrigued by the original cover - it's pretty gorgeous - and also by the fact that Anne currently teaches Russian literature. As someone who took many a Russian literature class in college, I was curious if that would impact her writing at all.
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Published November 10th 2015 by HarperCollins
Format read: ARC via publisher
When the curse meant for her strikes her best friend instead, Linny must leave her home behind to try to set things right. With her father’s young apprentice, Elias, Linny travels from the magical wrinkled country to the scientific land of the Plain, where she finds herself at the center of a battle between the logical and the magical.
Nesbet introduces us to the impulsive, but well-meaning Linny, who was born with a soul for music. However, there are certain rules that dictate her village, including the fact that she can't touch a musical instrument before the age of twelve. Linny, unable to resist, does so anyway. However, when the prophesied misfortune strikes her best friend instead of her, it's now up to Linny to journey behind her land to set things right.
What's great about Nesbit's book, is that it's both an adventure tale and a social tale, rolled into one. While the bulk of the story involves Linny traversing the world between the magical-infused world of the wrinkled lands, and the practical, non-magical world of the Plain, Nesbit has also infused important life-lessons into Linny's journey.
As Linny traverses between the two world with a begrudging (but extremely helpful) friend/father's apprentice Elias in tow, she learns firsthand how an innate fear of the unknown can lead to protracted misunderstandings, which can be used by those who want the best and the worst for the world. It's a heady but important life lesson for younger readers, and Nesbet does so in a way that will make younger readers consider similar circumstances in their own lives.
Final verdict: Nesbet's world-building is impeccable, and Linny is a young heroine that will likely inspire the imagination of readers young and old. Her journey to through a magical-infused land will inspire, along with Nesbet's finely-honed themes on how fear and misunderstanding can guide the lives of many, and how comprehending that is the first step to changing it.
It sounds like a sequel may be in the works, and I'm definitely looking forward to revisiting this world.
About the author:
Anne Nesbet teaches classes on silent films and Russian novels at UC Berkeley. The author of The Cabinet of Earths and A Box of Gargoyles, she lives near San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and one irrepressible dog. You can visit her online at www.annenesbet.com.