Meadowsweet – Book Review

Title: Meadowsweet
Author: C. J. Milbrandt
Series/Number: Galleries of Stone #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade, Young Adult
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Publisher: Olexi
Themes: Friendship, Magic, Bravery, Slice-Of-Life, Family

Synopsis:

Statues on the legendary Moonlit Mountain have a life of their own.

Of all the world’s treasures, none are more valuable than stone from the Twelve. Children on all four continents are tested for affinity, for the mountains hold magic. But in the foothills of the Gray Mountain, no one remembers stone lore. The majestic Statuary is forgotten, as are the wonders that fill its galleries. Only rumors remain, and those are used to frighten children. For it’s said that a monster lives in the heights.

Freydolf serves as the Gray Mountain’s Keeper. Exiled. Feared. Unwelcome. But necessity drives him into a Flox village to hire a boy to fetch water and tend fires. Tupper Meadowsweet isn’t the cleverest child, but he’s brave enough to follow his new master up top. In the Statuary, Tupper finds hints of faraway lands, diverse races, long histories, unique customs, and danger.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely adored Meadowsweet. I don’t often read a lot of Middle Grade books, but this one was definitely worth it. Meadowsweet was so cozy and warm. I loved following Freydolf and Tupper as they got to know each other and took care of each other. I really enjoyed the world building too.

I don’t even know how to put my thoughts into words about this book. I really really enjoyed it. It was so wholesome and soft. The found family trope is always my favourite and how it plays out in Meadowsweet is glorious. The whole world just felt so magical and special. I really liked that magical mountains and learning about the magic through Tupper’s eyes. Tupper grows and learns and it’s just amazing to see him feel wanted and helpful, as well as build a really beautiful friendship with Frey.

Frey was also an incredible character to read from. He is so kind and gentle. Learning about his life and his calling to the mountain was so much fun and also so heartwarming. I just really enjoyed this story.

If you like magic, mystery, and soft stories, this is the book for you. I highly recommend it and the rest of the series!

Rating: 5/5 stars

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