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Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on March 8th 2016
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From Jaleigh Johnson, the acclaimed author of The Mark of the Dragonfly, comes another thrilling adventure in the magical world of Solace.
Lina Winterbock lives in the mountain strongholds of Solace. She’s an apprentice to the archivists, the wise men and women whose lives are dedicated to cataloging, studying, and preserving the objects that mysteriously fall from the sky in the scrap towns.
Lina should be spending her days with books, but the Iron War has changed everything. The strongholds are now a refuge, and the people Lina once counted on no longer have time for her, so she spends her days exploring the hidden tunnels and passages of her home. The strongholds are vast and old, with twisting paths, forgotten rooms, and collapsed chambers, some of them containing objects that have been lost and forgotten even by the archivists.
And in one of the forgotten chambers, Lina discovers a secret. Hidden deep in a cavern is a half-buried airship like nothing she has ever seen before. She’s determined to dig it out and restore it. But Lina needs help, and she doesn’t know anyone she can trust with her secret. Then she meets Ozben, a mysterious boy who has a secret of his own—a secret that’s so dangerous it could change the course of the Iron War and the world of Solace forever.
The first book in the series, The Mark of the Dragonfly, has sat on my TBR shelf for over a year. I am so glad that I had the chance to read the companion book in the series, Secrets of Solace. Jaleigh has structured a world so rich with details that you easily fall into it especially because the voice of our main character, Lina, rings so very true. Lina is an apprentice archivist who catalogues foreign objects that end up in her world. I really enjoyed her job. Imagine having permission to explore and satisfy your own curiosity on a daily basis? She soon finds an object and a boy with a secret that lead her on an adventure which was enjoyable and riveting.
If your children are looking for a fantasy, steampunk style read or if they enjoyed The Magisterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, make The Secrets of Solace their very next read. This story is a good read book to read aloud to children younger than 10, but those older will easily devour the story. Just a quick aside for adults who enjoy reading well-written, middle grade books — be sure to put this one on your list. As for me, I’m now moving on to The Mark of the Dragonfly.
The publisher has generously provided a finished, hardcover copy for us to giveaway: