Cold Scotland, autumn weather, magic….. all great for the mood to read this time of the year. Give a hot beverage and maybe a pet beside it, and it’s a wonderful reading afternoon!
I started to read this series in irregular order: I started with the sequel, since I won it on a giveaway, and it made me curious about how it all started. That’s why I bought a kindle copy of the first volume – Act I. Take a look at my review of the sequel, ‘Cold Fire’!
I have to say, this book was more my kind than the second one. The reason is probably not (only) the books themselves, but the original Shakespeare plays: I like Macbeth (and most of the others) way more than Romeo and Juliet.
I found it fascinating, the way the story was intertwined with the play, and yet it was a completely different one! I think it is a wonderful way to reach out to the young and try to get them like Shakespeare. This time I didn’t feel it to be forced or unrealistic in today’s setting. I was left with a lot of questions at the end, but that was purely because I already read the sequel and there were some things I thought would have been explained in the first volume – and then they weren’t. That’s my fault, I guess I should wait for it to clear up in a next book! Observing only this first one, it’s a very well written, complete, may I say round story.
I’m not a 100% sure about the characters, though. I give them 4 stars because of the main character, Sam whom I happened to like very much and I think is very well worked-out. The others weren’t so meticulously elaborated, but they weren’t completely flat either, and I feel like Sam compensates for them.
The magic in this series makes me intrigued and confused at the same time. It’s all a very good idea and it’s wonderfully written, too, but I just don’t get some parts of it. How it works… why it works… how certain things happen. It’s possible, though, that this is on purpose, and later volumes will explain it all, but so far there are some things these two books didn’t answer for me. I’m waiting for a next book! I hope it will be written.
Let’s Give It a Grade:
- Story: 5/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Style: 5/5
- The Subjective Factor: 5/5
- GPA: 4.75
Making Shakespeare more popular with kids via a cool fantasy story set in a British boarding school? Yes, please! I think it is an awesome idea.
Fans of magic and the magic in writing, of boarding school settings, of Shakespeare. Also, people who teach Shakespeare. Teens if you like Shakespeare and if you don’t. Anyone if you feel young at heart.
Hot black tea. With a blanket. And a cat, possibly.
‘So Cold’, ‘Anthem of the Angels’ and ‘Evil Angel’ by Breaking Benjamin
I can’t wait to read the next book the author writes!
Have you read this series? What do you think of retelling old stories? Do you like it? Let’s discuss!
Have a great day!