Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Sapphire Flute by Karen E. Hoover

The Sapphire Flute by Karen E. Hoover.
Publisher: Valor Publishing Group.
Pages: 370.
It has been 3,000 years since a white mage has been seen upon Rasann.

In the midst of a volcanic eruption miles outside of her village, Ember discovers she can see magic and change the appearance of things at will. Against her mother's wishes, she leaves for the mage trials only to be kidnapped before arriving. In trying to escape, she discovers she has inherited her father's secret - a secret that places her in direct conflict with her father's greatest enemy.

At the same time, Kayla is given guardianship ..
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I think this is one of those “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover” kind of situations. Animated covers usually push me away from a book, so I will admit that at first glance, I expected an extremely childish adventure with no real substance to it. I was very, very wrong. The Sapphire Flute proves with beautiful writing, an engaging adventure and strong-willed heroines that this is NOT a children's book.

The book alternates between the lives of Kayla, a girl who has been trusted to keep the sacred Sapphire Flute safe and Ember, a girl who is learning to manage her newfound magic. While I absolutely loved their characters and their fast-paced journeys, I think sometimes the action needed to pause and take a breather. From the very beginning all the way to the end, to me, the whole story was quick and eventful; I would’ve liked to see a bit more tranquility at times.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Sapphire Flute. Though it can be a bit confusing at times, it really captured my attention and kept me hanging on chapter after chapter. With shape-shifters, magic, evil villains and kick-ass heroes combined, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves YA fantasy!


  1. Hi Katie,

    Thanks so much for the awesome review! You've put a big ol' smile on my face for the day. I'll be back to check out your future reviews, as we seem to have a similar taste in books. :)

  2. I also tend to be turned off by animated covers - I'm always afraid the book is going to be based on a video game or something, which never works out well.
    This sounds super good, though!

  3. Loved the book!!!!! My son read it, I read it, and even my mother read it! I can't wait for the next one in the series to come out. Since it is so fresh out I plan to buy a few for gifts and pass them out! Amazing!