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The Cabinet of Wonders [BOOKS] ✪ The Cabinet of Wonders ✬ Marie Rutkoski – Thomashillier.co.uk Marie Rutkoski s startling debut novel, the first book in the Kronos Chronicles, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroismPetra Kronos has a s Marie Rutkoski s startling debut novel, the first book in the Kronos Chronicles, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroismPetra Kronos has a simple, happy life But it s never been ordinary She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice Her best friend can trap The Cabinet PDF/EPUB ² lightning inside a glass sphere Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world s finest astronomical clockPetra s life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home blind The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and now wears them But why Petra doesn t know, but she knows this she will go to Prague, sneak into Salamander Castle, and steal her father s eyes backJoining forces with Neel, whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets, Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem, and that her father s clock has powers capable of destroying their world.


10 thoughts on “The Cabinet of Wonders

  1. Betsy Betsy says:

    It seems to me that today s average everyday fantasy author for kids has to walk a delicate line You want to create an alternative history novel laden with magical elements Fair enough Here is the choice set before you Nine times out of ten books of this sort, whether they re of the steampunk variety or thecommon knights wizardry type stuff, are written for kids thirteen and up Think about it.


  2. Lucy Lucy says:

    Petra Kronos lives an unusual life, but a happy one She lives in a small Czech village with her father, an artisan who can move metal with his mind and works with invisible tools When her father is commissioned by the prince to build a marvelous clock, he goes off to Prague and comes back blinded The prince has stolen his eyes Even worse, the prince now has control of a clock that has the power to control the weather.Petra doesn t know a lot about the world, but she knows this she will go t Petra Kronos lives an unusual life, but a happy one She lives in a small Czech village with her father, an artisan who can move metal with his mind and works with invisible tools When her father is commissioned by the prince to build a marvelous clock, he goes off to Prague and comes back blinded The prince has stolen his eyes Even worse, the prince now has control of a clock that has the power to control the weather.Petra doesn t know a lot about the world, but she knows this she will go to Prague and somehow steal back her father s eyes It s a tall task, but she won t be alone she has the companionship for Astrophil, her tin pet spider, and the help of Neel, a Roma boy with fingers that extend into invisible ghosts that can pick locks What I like about this book pretty much everything Petra is a wonderful character spunky, determined, immensely likeable, and often entirely na ve about the way the world works What s wonderful about this book is that people call her on it when she plans to do something ridiculous, like, say, sneak into the prince s castle and steal back her father s eyes, that doesn t get to be something that makes sense She s young and sheltered, and sometimes that s why she succeeds even when odds are against her.I also love how sometimes this book nods at clich d plot points and then moves past them Like when Petra first goes to Prague, she cuts off her hair, to blend in as a boy a classic spunky heroine move and then discovers that no one is really fooled, and life would have been somewhat easier if she had just kept her hair and called herself a girl from the start.The flavor of Marie Rutkoski s Czechoslovakia is also delicious, and unlike anything else I ve ever read A changing Europe with a dangerous prince who courts danger and foments unrest among his people The commonplace feel of magical talents and the nature of those talents is fantastic Invisible ghost fingers that can pick locks The ability to move metal with your mind Marie Rutkoski has a gorgeously creative imagination, and this is a beautiful book It s the sort of novel that feels solidly based on a history only slightly different from our own it feels like it might have been true in some parallel universe It s lush with detail even the little things and feels like a full literary meal.Cabinet of Wonders has a solid ending and stands comfortably alone, but is clearly the first in a trilogy says so right on the cover and I am eager and hungry forfrom Marie Rutkoski


  3. Tamora Pierce Tamora Pierce says:

    A fascinating book in which magic education is restricted in Bohemia roughly similar to the Czech Republic before WWI to nobles only, and those who aren t noble manage as best as they can When Prince Rudolf steals Petra Kronos s father s eyes after her father builds a clock that could control weather, Petra runs away with her living mechanical spider to steal them back In Prague she makes friends with a Romany Gypsy family, particularly Neel and his sister Sadie, who help her to get work i A fascinating book in which magic education is restricted in Bohemia roughly similar to the Czech Republic before WWI to nobles only, and those who aren t noble manage as best as they can When Prince Rudolf steals Petra Kronos s father s eyes after her father builds a clock that could control weather, Petra runs away with her living mechanical spider to steal them back In Prague she makes friends with a Romany Gypsy family, particularly Neel and his sister Sadie, who help her to get work in the castle There she meets a wizard who has days when her skin oozes acid, the spy from England, Dr Dee, and the prince himself, when he s wearing her father s eyes.There is so much that is cool about this book glass bombs that release wasps or waves, swap able eyes, living mechanical animals, and the invention of a new primary color Now I just have to wait for the second book sigh


  4. Mir Mir says:

    I hesitated to give this four stars, as the heroine Petra was a pretty generic YA fantasy bright and plucky lass who showed little development And of course she almost immediately met up with a clever and jolly gypsy to help in her quest What is it with fantasy writers and gypsies One, there were never so many friendly, helpful gyspsies around that so many protagonists should have them as sidekicks, and Two, just because most people have never met any doesn t mean that it is ok for authors t I hesitated to give this four stars, as the heroine Petra was a pretty generic YA fantasy bright and plucky lass who showed little development And of course she almost immediately met up with a clever and jolly gypsy to help in her quest What is it with fantasy writers and gypsies One, there were never so many friendly, helpful gyspsies around that so many protagonists should have them as sidekicks, and Two, just because most people have never met any doesn t mean that it is ok for authors to continually stereotype them But happily, Rutkoski does have some original twists on magic use and some great imagery Her villainous prince and the sinister English diplomat Dee arecomplex and interesting than her heroes even if Dee has been stolen from history by many a writer prior This was also a pretty quick read so I m happy to continue the series and see if there is a bitcharacter development in later books


  5. Erika Erika says:

    I think this book felt a bit immature Not in terms of ideas and writing style, because obviously this book is meant for children and so isn t going to be mature in that sense The ideas were great, though I think the author lifted heavily from other young adult fantasy books, most notably His Dark Materials Astrophil felt kind of like a non soul tin Pantalaimon to a very Lyra esque Petra I think mostly everything seemed to come together too easily Petra never really had any difficulties I think this book felt a bit immature Not in terms of ideas and writing style, because obviously this book is meant for children and so isn t going to be mature in that sense The ideas were great, though I think the author lifted heavily from other young adult fantasy books, most notably His Dark Materials Astrophil felt kind of like a non soul tin Pantalaimon to a very Lyra esque Petra I think mostly everything seemed to come together too easily Petra never really had any difficulties doing anything she simply decided upon a certain course of action, and then did everything she needed to without any true sense of complication With the exception of the final escape scene there was no real sense of peril surrounding her otherwise dangerous quest I just didn t feel terribly drawn in, and was a bit disappointed because I really liked the concept and all the fairly original fantastic elements in it but I just didn t enjoy it as much as I had hoped and wanted to


  6. Owen Danyal Owen Danyal says:

    this was a page turner it really hard to put down i liked this book for several reasons my top reason is it was CREATIVE talking spiders, magic clocks, stolen eyes a whole mish mash of creative fun my faveriout part is a the begining when petra finds out the the prince has stolen her fathers eyes she want revenge


  7. Nafiza Nafiza says:

    I love, love books with strong, spunky heroines And The Cabinet of Wonders has one of the spunkiest heroines out there She s not infallible, in fact, she s entirely too fallible but there is a charm to her that draws you into her world and keeps you there right beside her as she has escapades that would make any respectable mama swoon Petra s father, as you will know from the summary, has been relieved of his..uh eyes by the boy prince of the country in which he lives So Petra decides to get I love, love books with strong, spunky heroines And The Cabinet of Wonders has one of the spunkiest heroines out there She s not infallible, in fact, she s entirely too fallible but there is a charm to her that draws you into her world and keeps you there right beside her as she has escapades that would make any respectable mama swoon Petra s father, as you will know from the summary, has been relieved of his..uh eyes by the boy prince of the country in which he lives So Petra decides to get them back It s a foolhardy and almost impossible plan but Petra s not one to let little things like impossibilities slow her down.The book is a glorious read The pace is fast at times and honeyed at others The fictional and real world intersperse brilliantly and you can almost believe that such a world once existed somewhere in time The characters, all of them, are so awesomely crafted, their detail, their characteristics, the subtleties within their personalities they are a pleasure to read There is no real romance right now and I am sort of glad because Petra is, to me, not at that age where she is distracted by the notion of boys beingthan playmates we start off with Petra being 12 But there s a promise of it from two different boys who are going to hopefully turn into interesting men once the books continue.The intrigue is well layered so that even at the end of the book, the promise of the future is delicious on your tongue and you can t help but imagine what other hijinks Petra will get into And oh, there are mechanical spiders, puppies and monkeys steampunk ish You can t lose with this book, guys Marie Rutkoski s debut novel joins the ranks of much loved spunky heroines shelves that contains other gems such as Julia Golding s Cat Royal series, Stephanie Burgis s Kat series and Bloody Jack series by L A Meyer


  8. Alison Livingston Alison Livingston says:

    Four chapters That is all I give books these days If it hasn t captured my interest by chapter four I put the book down.The Cabinet of Wonders has a great story idea, but ultimately I could not get over the poor writing I know the book was written for children, and thussimplistic, but there are so many adjectives in the story as to render imagination bored and rote An example She went into a room with a square window Okay, I don t know about you, but I assume windows are generally g Four chapters That is all I give books these days If it hasn t captured my interest by chapter four I put the book down.The Cabinet of Wonders has a great story idea, but ultimately I could not get over the poor writing I know the book was written for children, and thussimplistic, but there are so many adjectives in the story as to render imagination bored and rote An example She went into a room with a square window Okay, I don t know about you, but I assume windows are generally going to be square, and if it isn t square, then let me know Also if you are going to mention a window at all, it should be because the window is going to play a role later That s a petty example, I know but the book is bursting with too much word fat Not only that, but almost every conversation was artificial The main character s father comes through the door with an old bloody bandage over his eyes, having had them gouged out by the prince and their pet mechanical spider asks him what the palace library is like Huh Then the father goes on to talking like he s not phased at all by being blinded and having to be pack carted home by two thungs It just didn t ring true It feels to me like this woman either speaks English as a second language or she somehow got her first or second draft of this thing published and not the 10th 20th draft it takes to finish a good novel.I am sad because the story was interesting and the author looks like a cutie pie, so I am sorry this one didn t work out After four chapters I was done


  9. Shelli Shelli says:

    Overall, this book was a delight, at least to this early 50s but a child at heart reader Author Marie Rutkoski is a skilled world builder if a little uneven 12 year old protagonist Petra Kronos s hometown was non descript and evoked absolutely no imagery in my usually very active imagination, but Salamander Castle in Prague where a good chunk of the action a littlethan half, I believe takes place is lavishly conveyed Details of layout, lighting, architecture, clothing, faces, etc Overall, this book was a delight, at least to this early 50s but a child at heart reader Author Marie Rutkoski is a skilled world builder if a little uneven 12 year old protagonist Petra Kronos s hometown was non descript and evoked absolutely no imagery in my usually very active imagination, but Salamander Castle in Prague where a good chunk of the action a littlethan half, I believe takes place is lavishly conveyed Details of layout, lighting, architecture, clothing, faces, etc were exquisitely described, but skillfully imparted also were the moods and overall personality of different sections of the castle the stables, the prince s private quarters, the dye mixing lab in which Petra works This imbalance in the care taken toward the verbal illustration of the palace vs the lack of the same for the other locales even Prague on the outside of the castle wasn t really noticed until I finished the book, but then it explained why I just didn t find the earlier part of the book nearly as vivid or enthralling The author has obviously done a lot of research, as this can certainly be considered to be in the general realm of historical fantasy She s used the folklore of the astronomical clock in Prague and the general framework of the Habsburg dynasty to situate her story, and in general she does a great job of convincingly weaving her narrative into 16th century Bohemia However, there were a couple of glaring anachronisms that really bothered me, because they both will mislead young readers into believing wildly incorrect historical facts Now, please understand, I m not being a super anal retentive stickler here I don t mind at all if the characters use speech out of time, or if minor details don t fit, such as a character wearing a type of hat that was not invented until 200 years later But these two stick outthan that First, apparently young people in Rutkoski s 16th century Czech Republic have no sense of the concept of zero, as Petra s companion Neel describes it to her utter amazement, and claims its invention discovery as one of his people s, the Roma a.k.a gypsies Well, the use of zero mathematically and even its name was introduced to Europe nearly 500 years before, so I doubt that a reasonably well educated child of 12 would be be hearing of it for the first time in the timeframe of The Cabinet of Wonders Nor can I find any evidence that the Roma had anything to do with it The second example may beor less egregious, depending on how late in the 16th century the book is set In addition to being utterly gobsmacked by zero, Petra has also never heard of the theory that our solar system is heliocentric Copernicus published his groundbreaking book on the subject earlier that same century, and since Petra and her father who are effectively magical metallurgists are fairly knowledgeable about European happenings especially with regard to science and magic I am unconvinced that Petra would have not heard of Copernicus s work, since it raised quite a hullabaloo in European society The thing that gets me is that neither of these false revelations have ANYTHING to do with the plot, and are really just conversational fillers In that case, why bother to create these alternative narratives around historical facts that kids will actually need to know the truth of in their future educational careers I realize I dedicated a lot of words to this when I know it sounds kind of petty, and many of you might argue that I m nitpicking If you totally remove the issue of kids remembering these untruths once it s time to really learn about them in their academic careers, you re still left with what it does to the flow of the narrative, which is jolt you right out of it The best example I can invent on the spot is something like this Imagine that in the Harry Potter series, everything is exactly the same as Rowling wrote it, but for no reason connected to any plot points, she made the river that goes through London be the Danube rather than the Thames That would not advance the fantastical plot elements a whit, and would instead make you say, Huh and wonder if it was some weird mind lapse typo and why an editor didn t catch it But my major complaint about The Cabinet of Wonders was the occasional contradictions in Petra s and Neel s the main characters behavior This is likely a problem all authors writing young heroes have to grapple with, and I am likely particularly sensitive to it because I just came off of extremely glaring examples in the persons of Teo and Renzo in The Undrowned Child, where protagonist kids are intelligent and resourceful beyond their years, only to show up in the next chapter acting like petulant kindergarteners that you want to send to their rooms for a long timeout This drives me nuts, and is actually the main detractor for me of the book at hand Petra is appealing and smart and brave, but not so much so that she is unbelievable or a caricature Neel on the other hand may be a little bit over the top cocksure and undamaged by his rather rough upbringing and childhood losses and quite jaded for being barely out of his tweens So there they are, each living independently and supporting themselves while plotting a daring heist and escape against a sovereign monarch and his entire armed forces, but then they ll get into an argument, and you ll seriously think they ve both been suddenly possessed by hysterical, attitudinal toddlers that have dirty diapers and are 2 hours late for their bottle These supposedly awesome, amazing kids occasionally turn SO infantile in Petra s case, not only to Neel but to another character introduced midway through the book , that not only do you lose your respect, admiration, and empathy for them, but you straight up have the urge to smack them As I said, I m sure every author writing kids must work to find the balance between keeping a child hero relatable and age appropriate, while still imbuing them with maturity and the special qualities needed to make them heroic The operative word there is balance a successful child hero cannot be bipolarly alternating between being preternaturally awesome and throwing temper tantrums section to section Fortunately, Petra and Neel aren t always as extreme as the worst case scenario prototype I detailed above, but Petra in particular is devalued in the readers minds each time she reverts to being so pointlessly childish Advance notice the situation actually worsens considerably in the next book in the series, The Celestial Globe, with Petra spending a long period of individual time with someone she is unrelentingly babyishly hostile toward, while Neel, on the other hand, all but morphs into a swashbuckling Errol Flynn Thankfully, no other characters veer toward unbelievable and unpalatable extremes, but are well fleshed out with understandable motivations The highlight for me in the cast of characters was definitely Astrophil, Petra s wise, mechanical spider companion The plot is engaging and well paced, and, as I said at the beginning, takes place in a version of our past where magic infuses life, both enhancing and complicating it My rating is really a 3.5 as opposed to a 3 I ll definitely be checking outof Rutkowski s works maybe ones without children


  10. April April says:

    Four dazzling, startling blood red blood read stars from this fairytale myth alternative history fantasy novel This was my first book by Rutkoski but it definitely will not be my last I have twofrom the library currently waiting for me so I don t say that lightly.This was an interesting read, an alternate history that takes place in and around Prague It wasgory than I expected from the reading level cover it s an older MG early YA but not to the level of horror It just rem Four dazzling, startling blood red blood read stars from this fairytale myth alternative history fantasy novel This was my first book by Rutkoski but it definitely will not be my last I have twofrom the library currently waiting for me so I don t say that lightly.This was an interesting read, an alternate history that takes place in and around Prague It wasgory than I expected from the reading level cover it s an older MG early YA but not to the level of horror It just reminded me a bit of the uncensored real fairytales not the Disney softened nonsense Brutal, harsh, gory, and frighteningly eerie But lovely.Rutkoski also initiates a brief conversation about racism in this book, which starts with Petra s use of the phrase Gypsy, Neel s correction of it, and how Petra learns how people treat Neel differently because of the color of his skin and because he is Roma I liked how she brought awareness to this while keeping it of a tone that still allowed me to suspend disbelief It didn t feel like a blaring lecture, as it so easily could have.Book 2 is on my shelf waiting for me I m excited to pick it up


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