Reviews for So Silver Bright

Booklist Reviews 2012 January #1
Having escaped malicious sea goddess Sedna, 17-year-old Mistress of Revels Bertie Shakespeare Smith is hoping to finally bring together her long-separated family. Meanwhile, Sedna is still in pursuit, and Bertie remains torn between air spirit Ariel and pirate Nate. Bertie is also summoned to the Distant Castle to perform for the queen, whose wish-granting power may fulfill her dreams. Ultimately Bertie must travel back in time, a journey that brings unexpected challenges, along with revelations, resolutions, and new opportunities. This magic-infused trilogy finale presumes knowledge of previous Thâtre Illuminata titles, and it will draw returning readers who've anticipated Bertie's continued adventures and quest for self-discovery. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Readers will either glory in the book's stylistic creativity or throw their hands up in confusion as love triangle, comic romp, and fantastical adventure collide in the continuing theatrical and magical escapades of Beatrice Shakespeare Smith. Mantchev's preference for description and characterization over exposition and world building may frustrate readers unfamiliar with the first two volumes (Eyes like Stars, Perchance to Dream).

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 February

Gr 8 Up--In this conclusion to the trilogy, Master of Revels and wordsmith Beatrice Shakespeare-Smith, 17, is attempting to find her missing father, the Scrimshander, and help her increasingly fragile mother, Ophelia the water maiden. When the Queen of the Distant Castle summons Bertie and her troupe for a command performance, the teen sees a chance to reunite her family by winning a magical wish from the queen. Their journey to the Distant Castle is fraught with danger, however, as Sedna the Sea Goddess lies in wait to attack the travelers and brigands raid the caravan in order to steal the magical book, The Complete Works of the Stage. In addition to these physical challenges, there are emotional perils as well, as Bertie must choose between her two lovers, Nate the pirate and Ariel the air spirit. As the story builds to a climax, she finds that she must return to the increasingly unstable Theatre Illuminata and use her word magic to restore her mother's memories and resolve the conflict between her father and Sedna. Readers who have not read the first two books will not be able to follow the complex story line. However, fans of the series will find even more of what they loved in this book: the surrealistic imagery; the witty wordplay and literary allusions; and favorite characters like the sugar-addicted fairies, as well as fascinating new characters like Varvara the Fire Dancer and the Queen of the Distant Castle. Libraries owning the first two books in the series will definitely want this volume.--Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

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