Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Peter Nimble #2; Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard (Peter Nimble, #2)My name is Sophie, and I am the Last Storyguard. Inquisitor Prigg is the architect of the No Nonsense movement and is burning anything he considers a waste of time (like books!). A blindfolded boy named Peter Nimble brought me The Book of Who, but all four books in the set together may give me the power to stop Prigg and save the world (that's what the Professor said). However, Madame Eldritch, an evil woman with a knowledge of spells, has discovered the truth of the books and is competing to get them first. I was able to stop her once with the help of Peter and Sir Tode, but we must now escape a horrifying menagerie and a deadly swamp bog. She has an unstoppable creature doggedly pursuing us, and she's willing to kill for the books.

This book is the sequel to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, and it might help to read it first, but probably isn't necessary. The first book will help you understand Peter's character better. He lost his eyes as a child but has magical green eyes now that allow him to see. However, he prefers to wear a blindfold and use his other senses, because it makes him feel more like his real self. He's an amazing thief and fighter, and his actions border on magical. Sophie is the reluctant hero but has no idea what makes her special. The Book of Who has chosen her for some reason; perhaps it's because her deceased mother was once a Storyguard herself. Sir Tode is a wonderfully loyal and determined partner who is cursed to live forever as a horse/cat/knight. The embellished tales of his feats are amusing. The book provides plenty of action and adventure as the trio travel across the country. Magic portals and unconsciousness help them cover distances more quickly, so there aren't wasted pages describing their time between stops. I'm looking forward to reading book three in the series.

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