The Magic Library – The Bookbinder’s Daughter – ARC Book Review

The Bookbinder's Daughter: An absolutely magical and gripping page-turner by [Jessica Thorne]

The song surrounded her now, the murmuring of the library insistent, and her foot took the first step on the winding stairs. She knew it wasn’t entirely a dream. It was the library calling her, its magic driving her.

When Sophie is offered a job at the Ayredale Library – the finest collection of rare books in the world, and the last place her bookbinder mother was seen when Sophie was just a teenager – she leaps at the chance. Will she finally discover what happened to the woman she’s always believed abandoned her?

Taking in the endless shelves of antique books, the soaring stained-glass windows, and the grand sweeping staircase, usually shy Sophie feels strangely at home, and is welcomed by her eccentric fellow binders. But why is the Keeper of the Library so reluctant to speak about Sophie’s mother? And why is Sophie the only person who can read the strange spells in the oldest books on display, written in a forgotten language nobody else understands?

The mysteries of the library only deepen when Sophie stumbles upon an elaborately carved door. The pattern exactly matches the pendant her mother left behind years ago, engraved with a delicate leaf. As the door swings open at her touch, Sophie gasps at the incredible sight: an enormous tree, impossibly growing higher than the library itself, its gently falling golden leaves somehow resembling the pages of a book. Amidst their rustling, Sophie hears a familiar whisper…

‘There you are, my Sophie. I knew you’d come back for me.’

An absolutely spellbinding read about long-hidden family secrets and the magic that lurks between the pages of every ancient book. Perfect for fans of The Ten Thousand Doors of JanuaryThe Night Circus and The Binding.

No. of pages:- 269 pages

Date published:- will be published on 20th September 2021

Publisher:- Bookouture

Genre:- Sci Fi/ Fantasy

Rating:- 3/5 stars

Except for Harry Potter (which I am an ardent fan of), I haven’t had much interest towards Sci-fi/Fantasy genre. But seeing the book cover of this book (which I thought was pretty) and decided to try out the new genre, I decided and requested for this ARC.

Sophie gets a job at the library where her mother used to be the bookbinder. As she arrives at the place, a magical tree inside the library, she can hear voices and she is the only one who seem to hear the voices.

Truth to be told, I must say, the plot was interesting. The writing was beautiful and the author did a good job of captivating the reader to the story, making the reader feel like they are inside that magical library. The characters are OK and I do like the chemistry between Will and Sophie, as Sophie try to remember the memories she had in that magical library. As this is the first time I am reading the book from this author, I actually got fascinated with the whole story. The ending was OK.

Overall, it was OK book but then me being not much of a fantasy and sci fi lover, I actually liked this book and looking forward to read more books from this author.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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