Monday, April 15, 2024

*Review* The Sinister Booksellers of Bath by Garth Nix


Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: March 21, 2023
Pages: 365

Return to the enchanting world of The Left-Handed Booksellers of London in this sequel by Garth Nix, bestselling master of teen fantasy, where once again a team of booksellers must fight to keep dangerous magic under cover before the stuff of legends destroys our world. New York Times bestseller!

There is often trouble of a mythical sort in Bath. The booksellers who police the Old World keep a careful watch there, particularly on the entity that inhabits the ancient hot spring.

This time trouble comes from the discovery of a sorcerous map, leading left-handed bookseller Merlin into great danger, requiring a desperate rescue attempt from his sister, the right-handed bookseller Vivien, and art student Susan Arkshaw, who is still struggling to deal with her own recently discovered magical heritage.

The map takes the trio to a place separated from this world, maintained by deadly sorcery and guarded by monstrous living statues. But this is only the beginning. To unravel the secrets of a murderous Ancient Sovereign, the booksellers must investigate centuries of disappearances and deaths. If they do not stop her, she will soon kill again. And this time, her target is not an ordinary mortal.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is the second book in a series, and I have not read the first, so there were several times, especially early on in the story, where I felt a bit left out of the loop. There were enough small mentions of details though that I soon felt mostly caught up. 

I was initially quite intrigued by the premise of this story and the different deities  that the booksellers work with and manage (where appropriate). The middle of the story started to drag a bit though and I ended up having to put the book aside for a while as I'd started another book set in Bath and featuring Sulis Minerva that was piquing my interest more at the time. When I returned to the book and got past that lull, I was once again hooked and excited to see how everything would be resolved. 

In spite of the lull in the middle of this story, I definitely want to get my hands on a copy of the first book in the sieges, so I can get fully caught up and see where it all began. 

Overall I give The Sinister Booksellers of Bath 3.9743 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Garth Nix has worked as a bookseller, book sales representative, publicist, editor, marketing consultant and literary agent. He also spent five years as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. A full-time writer since 2001, more than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into 40 languages. Garth's books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly (US), The Bookseller(UK), The Australian and The Sunday Times (UK). He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.

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