The Fire Star
by A.L. Tait
Published by Penguin Books Australia
Publication Date: 1st September 2020
Australian RRP: $16.99
“A maid with a plan. A squire with a secret. A missing jewel. A kingdom in turmoil. Maven and Reeve have three days to solve the mystery of the Fire Star. If they don’t, they’ll lose everything. This could be a complete disaster…or the beginning of a great friendship.”
The Fire Star is the latest book from the author of The Mapmaker Chronicles, A. L. Tait. This middle grade fiction book is perfect for your younger readers that want a fast-paced adventure that will keep them inspired! The author wanted to make a detective mystery but she didn’t enjoy writing it in the modern times so it became a detective storyline with two smart, capable young characters in the Middle Ages.
This book had a great deal of inspiration for females and the author wanted to have strong, powerful female character. With that goal the author created Maven and she became a much bigger part of the book and had her own defined arc too. I think Maven was my favourite character because of her wit however, I really enjoyed the interaction and friendship of Maven and Reeve together. They were such a good team and the ups and downs of their disastrous predicaments were always a good laugh!
Since it’s titled “A Maven & Reeve Mystery” too, I’m assuming there will be a few more books at least with this great detective team. I’ll definitely be recommending this book to younger readers and I think it would be a great family read-along.
(Thank you to Penguin Books Australia for a copy of The Fire Star for an honest review. The Fire Star is out now online and in stores!)
Thanks for reading!