Effie Truelove believes in magic, as does her grandfather Griffin (although he refuses to do any magic, let alone teach Effie how to use it). After a mysterious incident leaves Griffin close to death, Effie is given an unusual silver ring and told she must look after her grandfather’s library of rare and powerful books. But then the books fall into the hands of shady scholar Leonard Levar, and Effie is propelled into the most dangerous adventure of her life.
Now, Effie and her friends—nerdy Maximilian, rugby-mad Wolf, helpful Lexy, and eccentric Raven—must discover their true powers if they are to get the books back. And Effie alone will have to travel to the Otherworld, where she will uncover the true meaning of the strange old book called Dragon’s Green…
Going into this book I hadn’t read anything by Scarlett Thomas before. I own a couple of her books for adults, but they are on my never ending to be read pile at the moment. I have a few friends who absolutely adore her books, so I was really looking forward to getting stuck into Dragon’s Green, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.
Dragon’s Green is the first book in the Worldquake Sequence. A series which children and adults alike are just going to adore. The book is packed full of magic and excitement, and I adored it from start to finish. This book reminded me of so many books I’ve read as a child, and I really didn’t want it to end. It’s beautifully written in a smart and witty way, and the characters really leap off the page. Our main protagonist Effie is razor sharp, and a true hero.
The world building is also absolutely superb, there’s magic and monsters (and even a dragon) but all the little details are there too – M Currency and portals to the Otherworld are all richly described to really immerse the reader in this fantastic setting. This is the kind of book I would read again and again, and definitely pass on to my children. I also adored that gorgeous glow in the dark cover, it really gives you a glimpse into the exciting story within. I for one am now very much looking forward to seeing where The WorldQuake Sequence goes next, and am definitely going to be diving into Scarlett Thomas’s adult books too.