Thursday, 15 May 2014

Review - The Luthier's Apprentice by Mayra Calvani


Thank you to Mark My Words for providing me with a copy


Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice. But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma's family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him. And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier's apprentice…
This book was a lovely surprise for me, knowing absolutely nothing about classical music and violins, I found this book to be beautifully described as well as a joy to read.  In fact so vivid is the descriptions I found myself dreaming about the characters last night!

The Luthier's Apprentice follows 16 year old Emma who lives in Brussels with her mother, following the disappearance of her violin tutor she finds herself in the middle of a mystery.

She finds out that her tutor is one of several violinist that have just vanished, sensing something off about it she sets of to get to the bottom of it, but before she can do anything she has to move in with her grandfather whilst her mother visits her aunt, a woman who Emma has never met.

Her grandfather is the Luthier in the title, A Luthier is the craftsman who makes violins.  Emma has been learning from him the art of making violins but her grandad is hiding something and the constant strange noises in the locked attic have her a little curious.

After her grandfather disappears Emma starts to look for him starting with the locked attic, helping her are her best friend Annika and also a young man named Corey who becomes the Sherlock to Emma's holmes.

What happens next is a fantastical tale as they discover a portal that takes them to a strange parallel world, here they find the answers to the mystery but they also discover that some legends are still alive and kicking.

This is a lovely straightforward mystery with a touch of the paranormal and a tiny smidgen of romance too, it's also quite educational (at least for me!!) I learned a lot about the world of violins!, and the way Mayra has described gives it such a beautiful dreamlike quality.

The Luthier's Apprentice gets 4 out of 5



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