Author: A.C. Birdsong
Review copy received in exchange for an honest review.
Jacob, the last Caretaker of Magic, is trapped by his impatient apprentice Palmer in a magical book from which there is no escape. The cost of resistance? Become a permanent character in a decaying book of fairy tales. The price of freedom? Teach Palmer more magic, and betray the beliefs passed down to him by generations of Caretakers. As Jacob tries to rescue himself and his young neighbor Lucy, the local sheriff chases Palmer, the local press chases the sheriff, a wizardly bookworm gives sage advice, and the book's original characters fight to drive the intruders from their home.
The opening chapters were a bit slow, but the writing was okay from the start. It took a while to get used to the characters, their roles and the setting.
I hated Palmer. He was lazy, stubborn, annoying, constantly nagging. Which made him a good villain, because he's generally not the kind of person you can like.
Jacob on the other hand was very entertaining. Lucy was cute and innocent, and curious in an intriguing way.
This book was all right. I'd expected a bit more interaction with the characters from the Book of Tales though.