Summer Book Review

Castle of Shadows

By Ellen Renner

July 15, 2012

Genre: Fantasy

Number of Pages: 400

What’s the basic story line?

Princess Charlotte Augusta Joanna Hortense, otherwise known as Charlie, lives in the make-believe land of Quale. Ever since her mother vanished and her father went mad, Charlie has been leading an unsupervised life. Quale is in the midst of a recession, and rumors of coming revolts and a possible attack by a neighboring kingdom are whispered throughout the land. If only her mother, the queen, would show up, everything would be alright. When Charlie finds a scribbled note from her mother stuck in a book, it is the first clue that things are about to change. With the help of Tobias, the gardener’s assistant, she begins the search for her mother.

Kid Reporter
Rachel Ayres

Were the characters believable?

Yes, the characters were very believable. Though the story takes place in a make-believe country, everything else is pretty much realistic. Charlie is a regular 11-year-old, playing tricks on others and dressing like a kid, not a princess. All of the other characters seem realistic for the time period.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would rate this book a big 10! I could not put it down until I had read it twice. The author does a great job of keeping you on the edge of your seat with lots of laughs, mysteries and great adventures. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who wants castles, adventures, suspense and mysteries all in one.

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