Puppetmaster’s Apprentice, The
by Lisa DeSelm
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Pub Date 13 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 17 Nov 2020
Page Street Publishing, Page Street YA
Impressed by the work of the puppetmaster and his apprentice, Tavia’s ruler, The Margrave, has ordered dozens of life-size marionette soldiers to be sent to Wolfspire Hall. When the orders for more soldiers come in with increasingly urgent deadlines, the puppetmaster’s health suffers and Pirouette, his daughter and protégé, is left to build in his stead. But there is something far more twisted brewing at Wolfspire—the Margrave’s son wants Pirouette to create an assassin. And he wants her to give it life.
With Tavia teetering on the brink of war and her father dying in the dungeons, Pirouette has no choice but to accept. Racing against the rise of the next blue moon—the magic that will bring her creations to life—she can't help but wonder, is she making a masterpiece...or a monster?
Average rating from 42 members
What an absolutely delightful read! I love a good fractured fairytale, and this one, described as Pinocchio meets Frankenstein, did not disappoint. The whimsical, lyrical writing style was a perfect fit for the genre, and both the characters and plot kept me hooked the entire time. I stayed up way too late two nights in a row reading it, but just couldn’t put it down! I would recommend The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice to readers of all ages, and look forward to reading what Ms. DeSelm writes next!
I absolutely love retellings, especially fairytale retellings. They often have a beautiful mysticism about them, and The Puppetmaster's Apprentice certainly hits this mark.
DeSelm has written a thoroughly engaging retelling of Pinocchio. I'll admit that I have never thought of Pinocchio retelling being told before, but I absolutely loved this one! To be more specific, this is a gender-bent retelling of Pinocchio with a heroine that any reader can admire. DeSelm has wonderful imagination when it comes to taking a well-loved story and turning it into something completely new.
It has been a while since I have read a story where I did not want to stop and picked it up every chance I got. I will be recommending this to everyone I know who enjoys a story with unique twists, characters that you love, and a magical story that reads like a tale as old as time.
"But I stand with Bran, breathing long and deep, as many breaths as I dare, feeling my fears wash over me, one by one, like wet strokes of paint."
This book is lovely, lyrical and mesmerizing. I always love a good fractured fairytale and this twist on Pinocchio did not disappoint. The story is filled with authentic characters, complex relationships, and a fight between good and evil. Themes of identity, loyalty, honesty, the price of choices, and family.