A Review of ‘The Word Changers’ by Ashlee Willis

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Escaping from the turmoil of a broken family, fifteen-year-old Posy finds herself at her usual haunt … the library. This time, though, when she chooses an unfamiliar book from the shelf, she does not devour its words and pages as she usually does.

Its words devour her.

Posy is pulled into the pages of a fairy tale, even mistaken for one of its characters. But all is far from perfect in this story’s Kingdom. Characters are whispering of rebellion against both their Plot and the deadly king who has seized control of it. And Posy must find a lost princess whose role in the story is crucial before her own story comes to a horrible end …

With the proud and haughty Prince Kyran as a reluctant companion, Posy ventures past the Borders of the Plot, into the depths of the gloomy and treacherous Wild Land forest that lies beyond. Secrets are buried there. Dark mysteries and shadowy creatures, dangerous and deadly.

Yet the deadliest danger of all is the one that Posy carries
within herself.

Soon it is clear that finding the lost princess is the least of Posy’s concerns. The Author of the book must be found. His Plot must be put to rights again, his characters reminded of who they were first created to be. Only then will the True Story be written, both for Posy, and for the tale she has now become a part of.

Courage and forgiveness are needed for Posy to find her way home again. But bitterness and shadows haunt her every step of the way.

About Ashlee Willis (also from Goodreads):

Ashlee Willis is the author of fantasy for young adults. She lives in the heart of Missouri with her husband and young son. While most of her days are balanced between writing, reading and homeschooling, she also finds time to enjoy tea with friends, forest walks, photography, and piano playing.

You can connect with Ashlee on her blogFacebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

My Review:

The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis is an epic fantasy adventure. It held my attention from beginning to end, as I suspected it would from reading its synopsis.

When Posy begins reading a book at her local library, she falls into its world only to be given an indispensable role in its plot. Willis does a masterful job of creating the book’s world and Posy’s part in it while also including her back story. The concept of a character finding him- or herself in another world was reminiscent of the Pevensies in Narnia and or Harry Potter at Hogwarts, but Willis maintains originality in the plot and characters she creates. On a deeper level, Willis takes an introspective look at authors, characters, and plots – which as a fellow writer, I really appreciate. As a filmmaker, I hope it’s not too long before this story hits the big screen.

I wanted to see more of Queen Valanor and the mermaid sisters, if only to better understand their characters and what motivates them. Otherwise, I thought the characters and plot were outstanding.

 

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