Regular Guy Book Review: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

I’m seeing a trend in fantasy stories with extensive world-building. While many of them reveal the world through the usual quest for the Magical Thingamajig, the more recent trend is to reveal this strange world via the investigation of a murder. A detective must visit a number of dangerous places and confront strange characters (just like the folks on a quest).

I love this trend, and City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett is the best example I’ve come across.

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Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night GardenerThe Night Gardener is great and reads like a classic that’s been around for 50 years. I was shocked to find out it was published in 2014. It feels like the kind of book that’s been on shelves forever, next to A Wrinkle in Time and Something Wicked This Way Comes. It’s good, creepy fun for kids.

Two young orphans get jobs at an old mansion that’s shadowed by a massive, dark tree. New mysteries appear in every chapter with forbidden rooms, darting shadows, and at night, things do a lot more than go bump.

The two orphans must face the darkness inside themselves before they can hope to deal with the spirit that haunts the mansion and the poor family trapped there.

Recommendation: Buy it. It’s fantastic. If you have a kid, absolutely get it. It’s aimed at grades 4-6, so decide how badly you want to scare your kid.