Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Threads of Fate is the third entry in The Scholar and the Sphinx series by A.R. Cook, a great fantasy read for young adult readers. This is a story that combines very interesting elements into a powerful plot — magic, personal development, strong conflict, and endearing characters. It is set in France in the nineteenth century. David Sandoval wakes up and discovers that he has no memory, and this could mean not remembering anything about Fenrir the wolf, Tanuki the shape-shifter, and Baba Yaga the witch, thanks to the curse from the prince of darkness himself, the dangerous and unforgiving Lord Nyx. This means David has no past, and that is the most dangerous part of his existence, because as he has forgotten about his friends, so much more has he forgotten about the deadly enemies who can get to him at any time. Watch as he struggles to reconnect with the stirrings of the magic that is still left in him and as he walks the path of self-rediscovery, recovering his memory slowly. Can Anansi the storyteller and the witch’s cat help him recover all his memories, and what awaits him on this dangerous path?
A.R. Cook is a terrific writer. I was pulled in by the plot, which features a powerful cast of extraordinary characters. The characters are not only endowed with extraordinary abilities, they are thrust into a war against a powerful lord of the darkness, the kind that gives meaning to their existence and shapes a civilization. The story is both character and conflict-driven and there is no moment when the reader doesn’t feel compelled to read on. The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Threads of Fate is a spellbinding fantasy that will entertain readers and leave them wanting more, and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.