You know that saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, I have a problem.
I judge all books by its cover.
No joke. If the covering looks good, I will read it.
I don’t tend to read what the book is actually about. I like that when I start a book, I’m surprised because I really am clueless about what the book is about. I picked up the book because of it’s cover.
I think that’s how I came across River Magic.
Two fourteen-year-old orphan girls (Aimee Josephine MacDonald, from the town of New Madrid in Missouri and Brenda Angela Dickens, from West Tennessee) meet in St. Louis in an alternate history version of 1822. In this alternate history, slavery has been abolished in the United States shortly after the ratification of the Constitution in 1789. Missouri is not yet a state.
The Iroquois Nations fought on the side of the United States instead of the British during the revolution, and The Iroquois Confederacy has expanded to include not only the Seneca, Mohawk, Onandaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Tuscarora, but also the Cherokee, the Erie-Susquehannoc and the Shawnee Nations. Alongside the Quebec Republic, and through a wise use of diplomacy, money and military power, these Nine Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy have maintained their independence and formed a strong alliance with the United States against the savages of the western plains and the great powers of Europe who seek to reclaim North America.
I’m not entirely sure what to classify this book.
And I’m not entirely sure how to share my feelings on this book.
The book was long and drawn out, but not in a bad way.
It was a good read. Enjoyable. But it was really long and nothing of pure interest got my attention until the end. Literally, the last 4-5 pages of the end. That is where I got hooked and will be grabbing the next book to see how it continues.
There wasn’t drama, action, suspense. It just was. It was a story of two girls. It was a good story about two girls, but not with a lot of the normal book “stuff”.
It is something I would read again and as I mentioned, I will be picking up the next book (False Magic) to see what happens in the continuation because I have grown to care for these two girls.
Overall, because I did like the story and I did become attached to the girls and because I am dying to know what happens, I give this book a 3.5-4 rating out of 5.
About the Author:
Born a Scorpio, but now a Sagittarius, the author is skeptical of, but fascinated by, the paranormal.
I am as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.
I live on Earth, but “e pur si mouve”, so I never know where I am!
I despise education, but love learning. I read a book once.
I have touched an elephant, ridden a camel, eaten a rat, been held hostage in the jungles of Guatemala and I may have heard the eastern colossus of Memnon sing. The world is far too big for me to see it all, and that makes me sad.
I have known true love.
I am the proud owner of a beautiful Smith-Corona typewriter on which not a single work of fiction has been typed. I now pound away on a clickity-clackity-sounding modern computer keyboard, but sorely miss the soft music of mechanical hammers striking the paper-covered platen.
As a writer of fiction, I am a professional liar, but everything I say is true.
Buy the Book:
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.