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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite
Yves, or the Man Who Wasn’t by L.N. Mayer is a fascinating fantasy following the main character Tell’s journey to claim his rightful crown. Despite being the son of the former king, Tell is an outsider in the kingdom of Themiddle because he’s an imaginer: someone with the ability to make the things they imagine real. Such power is outlawed in Themiddle, where its citizens fear the unknown possibilities it presents. However, Tell is determined to become king and change this. Along the way, Tell makes new friends, questions old friendships, learns how to use his imagination, and turns a man into a goat. Unfortunately, Tell also makes enemies who are determined to stop him. Will he manage to accomplish his goal?
Yves, or the Man Who Wasn’t by L.N. Mayer is a very enjoyable read with intriguing characters and an exciting plot. I really liked how Tell’s character developed and changed throughout the story as he explored the limits of his power. It made me want to keep reading to find out what he’d do next. The book is very well-written with lots of descriptive language that makes the story easy to visualize and understand. It is clear that a lot of thought went into making Themiddle, with its own expressions, words, customs, and beliefs, which helped make the story and setting feel more authentic. The book is filled with exciting actions scenes that always made me wonder what would happen next. I thought the story was very creative and original, and I really enjoyed reading it. I would definitely recommend this book.