Summary: “A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song.
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 her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
This fresh, inventive tale is an ideal read for younger teens.
Review: 3 stars
Esme’s Wish is a beautiful, vivid fantasy novel of one girl’s journey into a magical world to find out what happened to her mother who had suddenly disappeared. The portrayal of magic in this book is enchanting and the descriptions made the fantasy world come to life. This is a story of adventure and friendship that takes place in a magical world.
The book moves kind of slowly, but that aspect didn’t bother me. The layers of plot, the world building and the character development all slowly built up to bring together a story full of hope and enchantment. I really enjoyed the depictions of dragons and the myths behind the creation of the magical world.
For once this is a young adult novel without romance, which honestly, in my opinion, I feel isn’t always necessary. Esme’s Wish is a book about the adventure three friends and Bargan. The bond between the characters growing strong friendships throughout the course of the novel. They depend on each other and learn to trust each other.
The plot is pretty cool. Esme and her friends seek for clues for her missing mother in a magical world steeped in mythology that is also full of dragons. I don’t read too many fantasy novels with dragons in them, and although they weren’t the main focus of the novel, the way they were portrayed was fascinating. Elizabeth Foster created an interesting fantasy world in this book, and I would definitely be willing to revisit her as an author.
About Elizabeth: I was born in Brisbane, Australia, and now live in Sydney. Apart from writing and reading, which take up most of my time, I love walking, travelling and playing piano (badly).
As a child, I was called Dizzy Lizzy – which I regarded as an insult all my life, until I started writing! Now, daydreaming is a central part of what I do. My favourite childhood books included the Chronicles of Narnia and Enid Blyton’s adventure stories. I was such an avid reader that my godfather gave me the complete works of Shakespeare when I was ten. (Still haven’t read them all…) My reading tastes nowadays are eclectic, ranging from classic authors such as Jane Austen, to the works of modern YA writers, including J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Melina Marchetta and Maggie Stiefvater.
I love movies almost as much as books. Dreamlike films – such as the works of Hayao Miyazaki – hugely appeal to me, as do any clever psychological films and TV series which revolve around female characters, such as Buffy and Veronica Mars.
I used to enjoy writing as a child, but then I grew up and was sadly waylaid by more serious pursuits. Reading to my own kids reminded me of how much I missed getting lost in other worlds, and once I started writing again, I couldn’t stop. I am also fascinated with people’s motivations and personalities, and now I get to explore them on the page. I am a member of the SCBWI, the CBCA, and a reviewer for CBCA’s Reading Time.
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