Agatha Stone is a normal thirteen-year-old girl living in Manhattan. While her life is far from normal – she lives with an Aunt and Uncle who keep her a virtual prisoner in their apartment that should have been condemned by the board of health – she goes to school everyday and has dreams just like any other young girl. In fact, she uses up bits of odds and ends to create art materials for herself and has filled the walls of her room with abstract artwork. Everything is fine until her birthday when a terrifiying event happens. A man comes to visit Aunt and together he and Aunt try to force Agatha to ‘see’ something in a clear glass ball that Aunt keeps hidden. When Agatha tells them that she sees nothing, they are about to harm her but a hooded creature with fiery red eyes intervenes and with Agatha in tow they escape the building. This is the start of Agatha’s new life.
She is taken to the country of Ashra. Ashra is just the other side of the veil – meaning that it is in another world; but our world can be seen from there. In Ashra, Agatha Stone learns that she is a descendant of the last human Knight who guards the portal between the worlds. The Orb (that glass ball) is what holds the clue to the lock of the portal. Both of Agatha’s parents died while searching for the key to the portal. It is now up to Agatha to decide whether or not she wants to take up the challenge of finding the key. Along the way to making that decision, Agatha learns more about herself than she ever knew.
The world of Ashra and its many different inhabitants is fascinating and charming and totally unexpected. While the reader will easily identify with many of its creatures they are completely different from the way we’ve been taught to look at them. And young and old alike will fall in love with Lenox the Pegasus! The Lost Knight is certainly a perfect introduction to the Lost Knight Series. The characters are finely drawn, complex, and certainly flawed. There is a main villain while other, secondary villains abound. But is each villain not also a hero in his or her own way? The story is full of twists and turns that will have you turning pages long past bedtimes. Move over Harry Potter – there’s a new girl in town!
Highly recommended for ages 11 to grandparents.
Rating: 4 Stars