Book Review – The Poison Garden

The Poison GardenThe Poison Garden
Written By: Sarah Singleton
Published By: Simon and Schuster UK, 2009, 284 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-1847382979

The Poison Garden is a fantastic story of Ancient Guilds, Magic and discovery; this YA fiction is simply brilliant!” 

Product Description– From Amazon.co.uk
“It is the 1850’s, and a young boy, Thomas, leaves his family to be apprenticed to a pharmacist, at the behest of his dead grandmother. He also inherits a magical box from her, which provides him entry into a mysterious garden. But while visiting it, he sees a ghostly vision of his grandmother, who tells him she was poisoned, and warns him that he must find the person responsible, and save her precious garden. For she was one of five members of an arcane guild, each of whom cultivated an individual garden, mastering the art of poison, perfume and medicine. The guild members jostle for power as, one by one, they are murdered…can Thomas solve the mystery, before he in turn is threatened?”

The Poison Garden had me captivated from page one; with vivid scenery and flowing prose, this YA novel creates a world that is 1 part historical and 1 part fantastical. This story has a rather dark undertone throughout; it certainly isn’t a feel-good read, but it isn’t meant to be either. With curiosity, a thirst for adventure and at his Grandmother’s behest, Thomas becomes a chemist’s apprentice where he finds himself evermore entangled in an ancient, secret Guild; life in the real world doesn’t compare with what the secret Society holds in store for him. This is the first book by Sarah Singleton that I have read and reviewed and I sincerely hope that it won’t be the last; I just love this book! The story flows smoothly for the most part, with only a few inconsistencies which were very minor. The plot is packed-full of unique and meticulously described “alternate dimensions”, as I would call them; it is vibrant and eerie at the same time. Each of the characters is unique and explored in a fair amount of detail; Thomas is the most carefully developed character who the reader will enjoy rooting for, because of his determined strength of will and his innate goodness. I will be watching for more books in this series as there are 7 gardens in Eden and each one is sure to be a new, exciting adventure, in itself.
I very highly recommend this book for young adults, 12 and up.

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (9 out of 10 Diamonds) – Loved it!
 

Link to the Author’s website:
http://www.crowmaiden.plus.com/index.html
Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/

A special thanks to Simon & Schuster UK for sending me a copy to review.

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