Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
Petra lives in a small town with her father who is a metalworker. He has some magical abilities with metal and has created a series of living tin animals including Astrophil, a spider who is Petra’s good friend and advisor. Petra’s father is commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build a clock which can control the weather. After creating a beautiful clock Petra’s father is blinded by the prince and sent home. Petra decides to go to Prague on her own to get her father’s eyes back and to destroy the clock so the prince will not be able to use it for his own evil ends. She is helped by Astrophil as well as a Roma brother and sister she meets in the city. This is a book full of magic and mystery!