Where do you hide if the forces out to destroy you can find you anywhere For three students on the run from cruel sorcerers, discovering an answer to that question is a matter of life and death Del, an apprentice mage, Kelsie, a natural leader, and Nicholas, a born survivor, are in way over their heads and time is running out.A rich, engrossing fairy tale from celebratedWhere do you hide if the forces out to destroy you can find you anywhere For three students on the run from cruel sorcerers, discovering an answer to that question is a matter of life and death Del, an apprentice mage, Kelsie, a natural leader, and Nicholas, a born survivor, are in way over their heads and time is running out.A rich, engrossing fairy tale from celebrated indie punk writer Mary Borsellino.
Ruby Coral Carnelian Where do you hide if the forces out to destroy you can find you anywhere For three students on the run from cruel sorcerers discovering an answer to that question is a matter of life and death Del a
Above all else, Ruby Coral Carnelian is a book that knows exactly how long it needs to be It doesn t draw out the plot for longer than it needs to, nor does it leave the reader feeling unsatisfied or robbed of what could have been.One of this book s great strengths is its world building It s delivered in tidbits here and there, and always in a way that flows well There aren t any lengthy exposition dumps, and the closest things to them are still delivered in a way that fits with the story and wi [...]
Ruby Coral Carnelian by Mary Borsellino is a book, first and foremost about misused and emotionally neglected children fiercely and aggressively claiming their own personhood, and their own found family.It s a theme that resonates with me so much that it makes me want to weep.It s about body autonomy, about how sometimes the ugliness that life leaves you scarred with, also defines you, and how it doesn t have to be a bad thing to be the walking wounded.Del, a child orphaned and then somehow foun [...]
I just finished this I will attempt not to use the word spellbinding, though I m sure the protagonist, Del, would approve engrossing YA fantasy by Mary Borsellino and I had to review it right away The book draws you in with a fantastical but grounded and believable world that has realistic hierarchies, classes and social structures and, importantly, a sense of its own rules I ve definitely read a number of fantasy books that had few consequences for magic, and even when not plot relevant or seem [...]
While I enjoyed this book very much, I m not sure if I can recommend it to other people, because I literally screamed with dismay when it was over I love and adore all the characters, even the evil characters were written interestingly, but it was the main trio who really captured my heart They were very real to me as I was reading it and I always had a clear sense of the emotions they were feeling, which is a very valuable thing to me I feel like there was a lot of wisdom in this story, so many [...]
It would take a harder heart than mine to resist this short novella length fantasy tale, combining as it does so many of my favorite things apprentice wizards, lost princesses, plucky runaways, sinister boarding schools, and battles of wits with evil sorcerers The plot in a nutshell three teenagers flee from a pair of evil spellcasters the Ruby Warlock and the Coral Sorcerer , and must learn to trust in each other and their own strengths in order to survive.Ruby Coral Carnelian proceeds with the [...]
I absolutely loved this book On the surface it s a fun read, with the perfect amount of adventure to keep you engaged and guessing However, underneath all that, it s a wonderful portrayal of what real family can be I loved the characters, and I would definitely love to read of their adventures together Definitely a great fantasy story, without any needless complexity or fluff.
Ruby Coral Carnelian kept me turning the pages until the very end Engrossing, tightly written, where everything that happens happens for a reason, it s a novel I d recommend for all ages Del in particular is one of the most intriguing characters I ve read about recently Mary has a knack for writing memorable, colourful characters.
You may have read before how very much I love the work of Mary Borsellino Well, here s some of that love heading your way.Borsellino s latest is a shortish YA fantasy called Ruby Coral Carnelian The title is a reference to this world s wizards, the kind of magic they use and their willingness and success in using blood magic.The story sees Del, assistant to the Ruby Warlock, discovering the wizard intends to sell him on to another wizard and realizing that this isn t going to end well As Del pl [...]
This is a solid 4 1 2 star junior ya chapter book The story follows the adventures of Del, a sorcerers apprentice and his sort of step siblings Kelsie and Nicholas Their adventures are full of twists and painful discoveries along the way Del has not much practice in dealing socially with others Kelsie is very good as a leader because she always has a clear goal in mind Nicholas, her twin, loves his sister but has 3 B traits brave, bold and bratty.Mary Borsellino has written a well organized and [...]
A short but very engaging story Memorable characters, so long as you put some work into understanding the subtleties of each character With it being so short, a lot of character development is implied than explicitly stated shown But if you look for it you can see how each character has grown and changed by the end of the story The book also has some interesting bits about gender, and gender fluidity I won t go into too much detail on that, but as a genderqueer non binary person, I very much ap [...]
From the first paragraph, you know this isn t just going to be a re hashing of fairy tale tropes the narrator, Del, has too much insight for something as limited as that His insight is that of an isolated outsider watching people like they are another species, confusing and alien The magic, though, is that of Grimm swapping body parts and how amazing is that We talk about giving people our hearts or lending hands or seeing through another person s eyes, but these children can literally give some [...]
Mary is a bud of mine This is awesome and I read it in one sitting Very like a dark moment of Diana Wynne Jones If I have a complaint it s that I thought the final confrontation was with the wrong villain, and left the protagonist s character arc unresolved.
A deceptively simple story a runaway with magical skills, aiding siblings to save themselves become a surprisingly complex story of identity, chosen family, and the sacrifices to be made.