Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the previous books then ye might want to skip this post. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .
an elf’s equations (Dianna Sanchez)
Title: an elf’s equations
Author: Dianna Sanchez
Publisher: Dreaming Robot Press
Publication Date: TODAY!! (e-book)
Dreaming Robot Press holds a special place in my heart as they were the first publisher to allow me the privilege of reviewing an eArc on NetGalley. That novel was the demon girl’s song, which I loved and reviewed here.
They also kindly gave me a copy of the first book in this series called a witch’s kitchen. That book introduced readers to the Enchanted Forest School where Millie, a witch’s daughter, is sent when it appears she has no talent for magic. All she was good at was baking. Of course when she gets to school, she learns new things and makes friends and discovers her hidden depths. I loved it.
This second book takes place during a break from school and follows a pixie named, Petunia. I adored her (and her silly jokes) in the first book and was delighted for Petunia to take center stage. Petunia comes from a huge family and her mom is so distracted that she can’t even seem to remember Petunia’s name! When an epidemic breaks out, Petunia finds her break to be anything but restful and is given a chance to prove that even pixies can do serious, wonderful things.
I really love this series and was so glad to read the third book which focuses on Sagara the elf who goes on a quest to save a friend (and the world). The plot was silly and whimsical and light and fun and totally fit my mood. I read this in one sitting and it was a much needed break from the seriousness of the real world. I loved how math helped save the day even if I didn’t understand all the mathematic principals (not the author’s fault!). Who doesn’t like the Fibonacci sequence, the Golden Rule, fractals and fun facts about how they relate to nature.
One of the best things about this book was the family politics. Grown-ups make mistakes and inadvertently cause hurt even when they think they are doing the right thing. Sagara learns to express herself, believe in herself, and hold others accountable for their actions. It isn’t magically fixed but I thought the complexities of the relationships were handled well. I thought the blending of a fun story and larger themes was nicely done.
This book is technically for middle grade but I don’t care. I believe everyone could enjoy it. This series deserves more love. And I can’t wait to read Max’s story!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Dreaming Robot Press!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
For an elf who loves math, the hardest problems are people.
Sagara hates the stupid rules of her elf society. She prefers the logic of math to wrestling with her grandmother’s magical politics. When a rare sentient tree named Thea is kidnapped, Sagara joins her friends Millie, Petunia, and Max on a journey to the nearby Realm of Vanaheim to save her.
Sagara must navigate ridiculous court etiquette, a complex ritual, and wartime negotiations in a world where even the most basic laws of nature have been twisted out of true. Can she find a way to use both math and magic to save Thea and all of Vanaheim?
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