The City on the Other Side

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When a war breaks out and slowly destroys a magical civilization, Isabel is learning how to act like a lady. Miserable under her mother’s nagging, she takes a trip to visit her father, where she gains knowledge about the war told to her by a servant of the king and receives a beautiful but dangerous necklace that is the key to the war. Isabel takes a train to the kingdom and meets another human like her named Benjie and becomes best friends with him. While they explore the realm, they come across the evil king and trap him eternally under Id’naress’s curse.

For me, what struck me as the most confusing is the character height consistency. For some reason the main character shrinks and grows depending on which scene she is in. Sometimes she is up to her dad’s waist, but sometimes she is up to his chest. In once scene she was only up to Benjie’s mid-thigh, and in the end she was only a head shorter than him. This could’ve been fixed by using character sheets for reference. The story was interesting to read, but some details were wholly unnecessary, such as a nagging mom and humans not being allowed in the realm. One thing I can get behind is how pretty the illustrations are. The sense of color harmony made the reading experience a lot better.

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Author Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson
Star Count 3/5
Format Trade
Page Count 224 pages
Publisher First Second
Publish Date 2018-04-24
ISBN 9781626724570
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Issue Mar-19
Category Tweens


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