‘So often,’ Jackaby said, ‘people think that when we arrive at a crossroads, we can choose only one path, but – as I have often and articulately postulated – people are stupid. We’re not walking the path. We are the path. We are all of the roads and all of the intersections. Of course you can choose both.’
I adore the world of R.F. Jackaby and Abigail Rook. The characters, the plot, the writing, and the intensity of feeling – I am in the world, part of it, walking alongside Jackaby and Abigail as they investigate and adventure. The second instalment Beastly Bones only confirmed what I already know to be true – William Ritter is an excellent writer who has created a magical world within his Jackaby novels.
Originally, I wasn’t going to write a review for this, it was just going to be a bridge between the first novel and Ghostly Echoes, due for release in August. But there’s something about these books, something that makes me want to say how good they are and how much you should get your hands on a copy.
In Beastly Bones the adventure and mystery are different but the feeling of magic is not. The characters remain as wonderful as ever, the writing as beautiful to read. There is a slight feeling of second book syndrome for me, as I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as Ritter’s first, but it is still fantastically written, and I found it so easy to slip back into the world of Jackaby and Abigail.
My review of Jackaby says it all really.
Read: June 19th-24th 2016