Author: Laura Lam
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Published: Feb 5, 2013
Source: Netgalley - Angry Robot
R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.
But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.
Well, this book was a shocker. I thought it was just going to be another circus story. Boy, was I ever wrong! The synopsis in no way prepares you for the story inside Pantomime. There is quite a huge twist that left me bumfazzled (Yes, totally made that word up) yet pleasantly surprised.
Pantomime focuses on the story of Micah Grey, a runaway with a big secret. It also explores Iphigenia, a young girl trying to escape her family and tired of having her future decided for her.
It is so hard to review this book and not freak out over how I felt about it. Especially, because I don’t want to giveaway anything because the twists and surprises are what makes it so amazing to read. The characters were so well formed, as well as the world they were in.
I cannot wait to find out more about the Penglass structures and all of the mythology that the characters kept bringing up. I hope that is fleshed out more in book two.