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Review: Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster

November 26, 2019

About the book

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all. 

My Thoughts:

What a lovely story. This is a clever, heartfelt, fun fantasy for 9-14yr olds (or adults… like me.) I loved it. It makes a great family story that you can read with your kids or even have them read to you. Author Elizabeth Foster has created an imaginative world that is detailed, consistent and visually stunning. Characters have depth, layers and emotional drivers, and I really want to visit Aeolia! Such imaginative worldbuilding!

Poor Esme. Her mother disappeared several years ago and everyone appears to be moving on with their lives. Esme can’t. She can’t let go. There are also strange things happening around her. Things that confuse her. Until she follows a mysterious bird that seems to somehow know her. When she discovers the hidden world of Aeolia things begin to make sense. Now she’s on a mission… to find out what happened to her mother, and she has friends at last. Friends who want to help her.

There are monsters, dragons, and creepy scientists, magic water and mysterious earthquakes. Aeolia is a magical place. But Aeolia has its secrets too… Secrets it’s not going to give up willingly.

Esme is terrific lead character. Daniel and Lillian are fabulous secondary characters. And I love a good action sequence and this has some fantastic ones.

This is the first book of the series and I am very much looking forward to reading book two.

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