Tuesdays at the Castle: 01/17/13
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George is the start of her tween fantasy series, Castle Glower. Princess Celie spends her time mapping the castle. It's a sentient building that changes itself to fit both its mood and the needs of its residents every Tuesday.
That is until the King, Queen and eldest son go missing. Though no bodies are found, they are declared dead, and Celie's middle brother is put on the throne by a council of visiting dignitaries. This by itself is highly unusual as Celie and her siblings protest. As they are under age their protests go unheeded. Likewise, as children, they lack the self confidence to stand up for themselves (at first).
Jessica Day George has created a fascinating fantasy world where the monarchy is not a divine right. Rather, it is at the whim of the castle. To be a good monarch, one must be in tune with the castle.
Although this is a short novel aimed at tweens, there's enough magic, characterization, world building and political intrigue to keep an adult reader enchanted.
Comment #1: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 00:38:56
This book was so cute. I thought I heard there would be sequels and I hope this is the case because I would love to spend more time in this world!
Comment #2: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 17:27:03
There is at least one sequel, called Wednesdays in the Tower. It should be out in May.