Reviewed for Great Minds Think Aloud
Talisman of El by Alecia Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Talisman of El” is Book One in the “Talisman of El” series, and is a totally absorbing YA page turner, of mystery, magic, fantasy, otherworldliness, with a gentle dose of conspiracy theory as well. The writing is so smooth, it’s fascinating, and readers will race through the novel gripped by the multiple plot lines and empathetic of the characters.
Protagonist Charlie is an orphan, who’s had trouble finding a long-term home situation. Finally, he is placed with funeral director Jacob, a widower who lives in the woods near the small village of Capeton in West Sussex, England. Little does Charlie realize at first that he has been fostered for a purpose, not out of the goodness of Jacob’s heart-not at all.
Charlie is also apparently psychic-he dreamed his father’s death, the day before it happened on Charlie’s tenth birthday. Now he has dreamed of a father and his adult son in Manhattan, and of the father’s mysterious and inexplicable disappearance-and it all surrounds a magical talisman…
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