Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Review: The Ruby Key

The Ruby Key
The Ruby Key by Holly Lisle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imagine a world separated totally into distinct halves: night and day each have their own magics and their own races. Humans have daytime, and the mysterious and powerful nightlings control the night. At one point, the races were at war, but a truce was agreed upon, and the humans make yearly offerings to the nightlings. They are sure to get inside and lock their doors and windows before the sun sets each night, so that no nightling will steal away any children for breaking the treaty. However, that all changes when Genna and her brother Dan venture out into the night in an attempt to save their mother with some magical sap that the trees only exude at night. They are spotted by nightlings, and are drawn into a web of politics and lies, sent on a separate quest, this time with their entire village at stake should they fail the evil nightling lord in the near-impossible tasks they had set for them. Fairy tale rules abound in this book, giving it a classic and timeless feel. Recommended for grades 6 and up.

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