Book Title: The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice
Author: Lisa DeSelm
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Release: 13 October 2020
Age group: Young Adult
“Listen well. Soon, the blue moon, the rarest of all moons will be on the rise. At its waxing offer up one of your creations and by moonlight they will be given breath. Choose wisely who to awaken.”
With her puppet-maker father imprisoned and the land of Tavia on the brink of war, Pirouette does not have a choice other than to follow the ruler’s whims. But when he discovers her secret – that she was once a puppet brought to life by the magic of the blue moon—he demands that Pirouette create an assassin out of wood and then make it come alive.
Fighting against forbidden magic and racing against the rise of the next blue moon, Pirouette cannot help but wonder, if she is making a masterpiece…or a monster. And if she is making a monster, what does that make her?
Content/trigger warnings at the end of this post may contain spoilers.
I received a copy of this book from Caffeine Book Tours and the publisher for reviewing purposes as part of a blog tour. This does not influence my opinions in any way.
You know the feeling when the book you’re reading is just too engrossing to put down? Like your arms have a mind of their own and they just refuse to put the book down? Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I was reading The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice. This highly captivating story of love, magic and pain kept me tethered on to its every word!
“I will be careful,” I confide to a grandmotherly marionette as I pluck her from the trunk. I find comfort in her softly bent back and wizened, nut-brown face. “But you and I know that careful is not the same as silent, is it, old one?”
“Indeed,” she whispers back.
Before reading this one, the premise itself has already got me interested Marionettes and magic? That’s something I haven’t read before so I was immediately very eager to start, somehow having high expectations for the book. I’m so glad to say that this, in fact, did not disappoint!
If I were to describe the plot of this in one word, I would say that it’s fantastic. Truly, the concept of the blue moon’s magic bringing life to puppets proved to be alluring until the end. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this was also a Pinocchio retelling, which just added more to my reading experience! The book also incorporates the power of love: both for family, friends and the love interest. I adore the author’s writing as it was easy to get into and the pacing was just right as well, never faltering from being interesting for the readers.
“When I was younger, I used to imagine that all of my lost things–a favorite rock, or a bit of paper, or my best sewing kit–had lives of their own that had just gone on without me. They weren’t lost at all. Perhaps that’s how it will be for us someday, Piro. We’ll realize the things and people we’ve lost aren’t really lost at all, they’ve just gone on journeying without us.”
Another thing I loved about this is the main character, Pirouette. From the start, I really connected and fully empathized with her. Throughout the story, she developed as such a strong character and remained to be kind and caring to those who she loves. I absolutely adore her relationships with the makers, their little community together through ups and downs, which felt like family. With this, I just couldn’t help but wish to have gotten to know the makers a bit more.
Around 75% of the book, I admit that I had no idea how the story would end so I didn’t know what to expect. Things got intense and I could not tear my eyes from the pages, fearing that it would all unravel if I so much as blink. Suffice it to say, I was fully satisfied with the book’s ending and I think it’s really fitting.
I come to this battleground armed with the weapons I know best: a rebellious piece of wood and the tools of my trade.
Overall, I really had a great time reading this and I especially enjoyed the story a lot! If you’re a fan of fantasy and magic, you may want to pick this book up!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa DeSelm lives happily with her husband and two daughters in the wilds of suburban South Bend, Indiana. When she is not writing, you will find Lisa working as an art director and designer, most likely daydreaming with a cup of tea in hand. The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice is her first novel.
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