After Penny Sinclair’s mother died in an airplane crash, she was sent to the small town of Dogwood—her place of birth—to live with Susan, her mother’s old friend. Not long after her arrival, she starts to experience strange things; and not just the travails to be expected from being a new teen in a new school. First, she finds it hard to make friends, except for Zoe, another loner. Then, she encounters Ronan, a talking fox, who hints that she is somehow ‘special.’ It’s only after the Red magician and the murderous Birdman show up and start to wreak havoc in Dogwood does she realize just how special.
The Conjuring Glass, book one in the Phoenix Girls series by Brian Knight, follows Penny’s adventures as she is charged with reviving the Phoenix Girls to fight the evil that is coming to Dogwood. While this is a book about young people, mainly for young people, fantasy and adventure lovers of any age will be able to relate to the characters as they rise above their fears and go toe-to-toe with monsters unimaginable.
While the book ends on a satisfying note, there’s enough of a teaser to leave no doubt that book two will be even more entertaining. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
I give this one four stars.