While the plot may seem slightly implausible, I really enjoyed this book. The design was beautifully worded and very descriptive—the text just tended to flow. I found the characterization to be very strong and relatable (but still able to invoke sympathy or contempt). In a many books these days, the protagonist tends to be put on a pedestal—perfect, ideal, unreachable. With Elena, I didn’t get that feeling at all. Maguire was skilled at revealing her and other character’s flaws—because, as you know, we, as human beings, find it impossible to be perfect. The symbolism and folklore was also very prominent in this book, which could sometimes be confusing for those of us who are not up to date on our Russian legends—but, in many situations, it also added to the intrigue and the literary flow that I mentioned earlier. While slightly dry and rigid at some points, the story was mostly kept fast-paced and energetic. I also enjoyed the humor that was scattered throughout—the dry wit of some character’s definitely kept the story light and airy. All in all, a good read that I would recommend for anyone looking for something a little different to add to their reading list.
“I don’t know what the crisis is…..but have you ever noticed that the world can hardly fail to be beautiful even when it is falling apart?”
I would recommend this book for all ages, as the fairy-tale impression would appeal to younger readers and the action and suspense appeal to the older.
Will Elena and Cat find a way to be happy in their own destinies that their circumstances have planned out for them—or will they find a way to make their own fate? Read Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire to find out!