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City of Islands In A Foggy Archipelago Called The City Of Islands, Magic Drifts On The Air As Songs Twelve Year Old Mara Has Always Been Fascinated By The Spell Songs And Dreams Of Becoming A Great Mage Orphaned As A Little Girl, Mara Was Taken In By A Bone Mage Called Bindy But When Bindy Was Killed By A Rival, Mara Lost Both Her Home And Her Best Chance To Learn MagicNow Mara Is A Servant For The Powerful Lady Of The Tides She Earns Her Keep By Diving In The Murky Ocean, Searching For Magical Treasures That Might Please The Lady Mara Still Yearns To Learn Magic, But It S Hard For A Poor, Orphaned Servant To Dream When The Path To Becoming A Mage Is Open To Only An Elite FewThen One Day, While Diving For The Lady, Mara Finds The Skeletons Of Strange Hybrid Creatures A Lizard With Wings, A Horse With Horns, And Many , The Likes Of Which Have Not Existed In The City For Centuries The Entire Trove Of Bones Is Humming With A Powerful Spell SongMara Is Convinced The Bones Will Earn Her The Opportunity To Study Magic But Rather Than Rewarding Her Discovery, The Lady Gives Mara A Challenge To Learn Where The Magical Bones Came From By Sneaking Into The Winter Blade, An Island Fortress Ruled By The Very Same Sorcerer Who Killed Bindy Years AgoWhat Mara Finds Will Reveal Chilling Truths About Her Own Past, As Well As Secrets About The History Of Her Beloved City That Are Dangerous And Magical Than She Had Ever Imagined

10 thoughts on “City of Islands

  1. says:

    3.5 5 stars Despite the beautiful worldbuilding and great premise, this wasn t as magical as I was hoping for Set in a city comprised of you guessed it islands, we follow Mara, a young treasurediver searching the ocean floor for valuables Instead she finds the skeletons of strange creatures, thought to be long forgotten, humming with magical powers This sets her off to a new adventure, uncovering the secrets of her city, aswell as the strength that lies within herself The best thing abou 3.5 5 stars Despite the beautiful worldbuilding and great premise, this wasn t as magical as I was hoping for Set in a city comprised of you guessed it islands, we follow Mara, a young treasurediver searching the ocean floor for valuables Instead she finds the skeletons of strange creatures, thought to be long forgotten, humming with magical powers This sets her off to a new adventure, uncovering the secrets of her city, aswell as the strength that lies within herself The best thing aboutThe City of Islandsis without doubt its setting I loved the City, which gave me major Atlantis vibes for some reason I also loved the first half drowned in mystery and atmosphere.Unfortunately, the pay off was a little disappointing to me The story takes some clich turns and becomes something many of us have already read before I still enjoyed my time with it, and think as a 12 year old I would have loved it, yet it doesn t transcend its genre as some other middlegrade is able to do.It s not for a lack of trying there are some themes in this, that should have been able to have a deep effect on adults as well especially child labor and slavery Maras job is, possibly intentional, very reminiscent of Ama s Japanese pearl divers , which could have been a powerful plotpoint Yet the resolve was all too easy for me and none of it quite packed the punch That being said The City of Islands was a very enjoyable and fantastical read, that I would definitely recommend to children in this age group or adults who just want some nice middlegrade If you are looking for a genre transcending read that will blow you away this wasn t it for me unfortunately

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    I don t typically read a lot of middle grade, but after finishing Kali Wallace s CITY OF ISLANDS, I might just start This is a really charming yet suspenseful story about a girl finding her voice, her place, and her confidence in a world full of people who overlook and underestimate her The world building is inventive, both in terms of the fully realized geography and comprehensive mythology, and the story is thrilling, touching, and funny often at the same time.I love books where the ma I don t typically read a lot of middle grade, but after finishing Kali Wallace s CITY OF ISLANDS, I might just start This is a really charming yet suspenseful story about a girl finding her voice, her place, and her confidence in a world full of people who overlook and underestimate her The world building is inventive, both in terms of the fully realized geography and comprehensive mythology, and the story is thrilling, touching, and funny often at the same time.I love books where the main character learns that they can rely on themselves, that sometimes they can be their own hero, and CITY OF ISLANDS will teach that lesson to kids who may feel overwhelmed by current events

  3. says:

    I was so glad to read an early copy of Kali Wallace s latest book her first middle grade story I m a big fan of her writing and, with its world of islands, pirates and magic, this one was right up my street I loved the characters loved the fact that none of them are wholly good or bad And the heroine, Mara, has to navigate her way through an increasingly complicated world, and just when you think you know what s going on, everything changes again.A great page turning plot, inventive world I was so glad to read an early copy of Kali Wallace s latest book her first middle grade story I m a big fan of her writing and, with its world of islands, pirates and magic, this one was right up my street I loved the characters loved the fact that none of them are wholly good or bad And the heroine, Mara, has to navigate her way through an increasingly complicated world, and just when you think you know what s going on, everything changes again.A great page turning plot, inventive world building and characters I m missing already I hope we ll seebooks set in this world because there s plenty of scope to continue Mara s story

  4. says:

    The magic The adventure The world building Um, yes, I love this book Mara is such a fun, curious, and daring main character who faces a complicated world filled with secrets She not only navigates her way through this magically complex world, but she finds her voice and the inner strength in the best way possible I was so impressed not only with the touching and thoroughly entertaining story telling, but the important messaging woven into this tale Highly, highly recommend

  5. says:

    Ahoy there mateys Earlier this year I really enjoyed salvation day and so I decided to pick up another of the author s books I went with this one because of this part of the blurb In a foggy archipelago called the City of IslandsMara has always been fascinated by the magic that drifts on the air as songsMara must earn her keep by searching for magical treasures deep in the murky ocean Sea yarn with super cool world building sign me up So the problem I didn t like the plo Ahoy there mateys Earlier this year I really enjoyed salvation day and so I decided to pick up another of the author s books I went with this one because of this part of the blurb In a foggy archipelago called the City of IslandsMara has always been fascinated by the magic that drifts on the air as songsMara must earn her keep by searching for magical treasures deep in the murky ocean Sea yarn with super cool world building sign me up So the problem I didn t like the plot The beginning started out strong but the once the magical artifacts are found, it starts to make no sense Mara is one of those protagonists that seems to have no agency and is thrown from weird moment to weird moment The characters seemed cool at first but were ultimately forgettable Plus the resolution was lame Shame because the setting deserved better Arrrr

  6. says:

    You can see my full review here This story wasthat I thought it d be and it made my heart happy The world building and lore was interesting Some aspects of the magic system were a bit confusing, but not to the point where I couldn t follow the story Yet it was the main character that captured my heart Mara was such a relatable lead ambition yet insecure, caring, smart I felt her loneliness and her hunger to make a name for herself I was strangely emotional, especially towards the en You can see my full review here This story wasthat I thought it d be and it made my heart happy The world building and lore was interesting Some aspects of the magic system were a bit confusing, but not to the point where I couldn t follow the story Yet it was the main character that captured my heart Mara was such a relatable lead ambition yet insecure, caring, smart I felt her loneliness and her hunger to make a name for herself I was strangely emotional, especially towards the end It was really good.06 25 This story made me weirdly emotional I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

  7. says:

    I picked the book City of Islands completely based off the cover of the book Sometimes I like to pick out my next book by going to the library and looking at the covers in my favorite genre I think it s kind of fun that way City of Islands is not written for someone my age I would say it sof the 3rd to 6th grade age group I like to try out books for my kids, and lets face it, I love reading any type of genre When I came home from the library, my 9 year old took the book and read it f I picked the book City of Islands completely based off the cover of the book Sometimes I like to pick out my next book by going to the library and looking at the covers in my favorite genre I think it s kind of fun that way City of Islands is not written for someone my age I would say it sof the 3rd to 6th grade age group I like to try out books for my kids, and lets face it, I love reading any type of genre When I came home from the library, my 9 year old took the book and read it first His review was that it kept him entertained, he liked the main character, some twists surprised him, and over all it was a good book The main character, Mara is a servant of the Lady of the Tides who is in charge of all of Tidewater Island Their world is made up of many islands and there s a convenient map at the beginning of the book all of which were created by the founders, magical creatures who live underwater and who have not been seen for centuries Mages rule the islands They can sing magical songs to make things such as the weather, water, and bones do their bidding Mara knows a song her mother sang to her when she was a girl and as she sings the songand , strange and magical things start to happen She is a diver for The Lady of the Tides and while diving one day, she makes a discovery that will send her on a magical and self finding adventure I truly enjoyed this book I think it s appropriate for the age group it represents and will entertain the reader from start to finish

  8. says:

    Kali Wallace creates a stunning and unusual world in this fantasy that is at once bound up in myth and legend and grounded in the gritty reality of fish markets and hardscrabble village life Mara is a brave, determined, and ultimately thoughtful heroine who both yearns for and fears magic, and is willing to ask difficult questions about the responsibilities that come with power The people that she cares about loyal Fish Hook, caring Izzy, even the stately and distant Lady of the Tides are Kali Wallace creates a stunning and unusual world in this fantasy that is at once bound up in myth and legend and grounded in the gritty reality of fish markets and hardscrabble village life Mara is a brave, determined, and ultimately thoughtful heroine who both yearns for and fears magic, and is willing to ask difficult questions about the responsibilities that come with power The people that she cares about loyal Fish Hook, caring Izzy, even the stately and distant Lady of the Tides are fully drawn characters, some with their own surprisingly motivations Underlying each of Mara s discoveries is the yearning for family and grief for the loss of her parents and Bindy, the bone mage who took her in as a child In uncovering secrets about the long gone founders of the City of Islands, she also uncovers parts of her own past she might have preferred to stay hidden, and must come to understand a new definition of family

  9. says:

    Fun middle grade adventure fantasy story I enjoyed Mara a lot plucky but not perfectly fearless, resourceful, caring of her friends tempered by a healthy dose of self involvement Liked the worldbuilding a lot and wish we could ve seenof the mage society, though there wasn t really time space within this book My only qualm is that the book was a bit crowded with characters, especially sort of antagonists I liked the two main Big Bads, but there were a few other forces all working again Fun middle grade adventure fantasy story I enjoyed Mara a lot plucky but not perfectly fearless, resourceful, caring of her friends tempered by a healthy dose of self involvement Liked the worldbuilding a lot and wish we could ve seenof the mage society, though there wasn t really time space within this book My only qualm is that the book was a bit crowded with characters, especially sort of antagonists I liked the two main Big Bads, but there were a few other forces all working against Mara that, for me, ended up taking away from the conflict with the two Big Bads

  10. says:

    I picked up this book because it was about islands, in an attempt to get some ideas for my own island based WIP However, after getting about 30% of the way through, I don t feel like finishing it beyond this point It does seem like a good middle grade though, with islands and magic and mysterious bones I would still recommend it for a younger reader.

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