Yesterday, I had the opportunity to be part of the blog tour introduce The Luthier's Apprentice by Mayra Calvani to the world. Today, because Royal Street Publishing was kind enough to send me a copy of the book, I'd like to give a brief review.
(Please see yesterday's post for synopsis, etc).
I really enjoyed the premise of this book---male violinists were disappearing, and apparently had been for centuries. Little bit of witchcraft, little bit of family drama and mystery. It was something that I had never really read before.
That being said, I feel like, since it was only 180ish pages long, I didn't get enough backstory and the final wrap-up or explanation at the end was stilted. I also felt like once we entered the magical realm, the author was like, "What other magical stuff can I add? Weird violin guards, check. Deals with the devil, check. Stopping time, check. Psychic abilities, which are actually telekinesis, check." It was too much for me.
Overall, it was an interesting book, and the premise was different enough to keep me satisfied. However, I'm not sure if I will read the other books in the series.
Thank you to Royal Street Publishing for sending me a copy to read.