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Adventure! Action! Questions! Bravery! Suspense! Outstanding!
These are the words that spring to mind when I think of Allison Tait's Book of Secrets. It's an incredible blend of historical fiction and adventure, with elements of mystery sprinkled in. The book chronicles the adventures of Gabe, an orphan who has lived in a monastary since he was abandoned as an infant. In a single night, Gabe's sheltered life is turned upside down when he is handed a brilliantlly illustrated, albeit unintelligibly coded, manuscript. Gabe's quest to discover what the manuscript means, as well as to keep it from falling into the wrong hands, may lead him beyond his home and into the uncharted territory of the forest.
While Gabe is there, he meets a ragtag band of raiders and hunters who have their sights set on capturing valuable game - him. However, these criminals like to play with their capture before they settle in for the kill, or in this case, the kidnap. Will Gabe make it out alive? Will the book be intact? And will be ever make it back to the monastery? Find delightfully satisfying answers + surprising twists in The Book of Secrets!
I didn't originally expect to like this book, but I totally did! It had just the right combination of friendship, adventure, mystery, and true-to-life historical fact to keep me engaged. It's a fast read (especially if you blaze through it in a day or two like I've been known to do!) and should keep you turning the next page in anticipation. Make sure to follow it up by reading the second book in the duology, The Book of Answers.
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