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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
M.K. Wiseman's The Bookminder follows the story of a teenage girl named Liara. Liara is an orphan, a ward of the church, and suffers from having sticky fingers. She is, in short, a thief. However, she isn't just any ordinary thieving girl; she has a touch of magic in her. Unfortunately, magic is forbidden in Liara's village and she is soon banished. Thankfully, a mage called Nagarath takes her under his wing and shelters her, and this is where Liara's journey truly begins.
I wasn't quite sure what to make of The Bookminder. There is an essence about it which reminded me of the tales of King Arthur and the Round Table, while at the same time Wiseman had some very original ideas on how magic works in Liara's world. It was a breath of fresh air to read something that hadn't quite been done before. Liara's character, although made from magic, was quite real in terms of being a naive teenage girl and that was very nice to read. She was flawed but easy to empathize with. Wiseman did a fantastic job at creating a relatable character despite the context of the story. All in all, I enjoyed The Bookminder and I look forward to seeing what happens next.
The Bookminder was narrated by Bernard Faricy, who has a very classic voice which I suppose is why The Bookminder reminded me of the tales of King Arthur. I felt immediately immersed when he began to tell the tale of Liara. Faricy seems the best fit for Wiseman's story of magic and I think I enjoyed the story even more because of his excellent narration.