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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Honour's Rest (The Rite Way Book 1) by Judith Crow is an energetic, engrossing YA fantasy novel that will satisfy any Harry Potter fan looking for new characters and a new novelist to fall in love with. It starts with a bang. Young Pen is blamed for pushing a school bully into the pond, but he wasn't there. He was in the library. Is it magic? Does he have powers? If so, what does this mean for Pen and his family when it dawns on them that he has The Rite? His Uncle Napier may have some answers and assistance, so his parents send him there for guidance on managing his new skill, The Rite. His uncle heads The Rite in the UK and has a lot of enemies that could turn his nephew against him.
Crow has crafted an immensely entertaining and absorbing story for those looking for something fresh in the YA fantasy genre. The characters are lively and personable, and you feel an instant connection with Pen. I like that the author doesn't serve the story to her readers all at once--she dishes it out one suspenseful scene at a time. Often we aren't aware of what lies just around the corner, and young readers love this. There are plenty of tricks and surprises to keep you invested. The writing has the feeling of crackling electricity, and you'll want to follow the plot to the end. The friendships and relationships are important and well-written in this novel, so much so that adults will find it as intriguing as young readers. This story is dialogue-driven, the characters well-developed, and the plot isn't bogged down by the narrative, although it is just as strong. Readers will appreciate that Crow respects them by not talking down to them or over their heads. For an exciting novel about magic, friendship, and adventure, Honour's Rest by Judith Crow is a must-read.