by Jessica Day George
225 pages of magic and mystery that will leave you eagerly waiting for more
Wednesdays in the Tower follows Tuesdays at the Castle and picks up the story of Celie, Rolf, Lilah, Pogue, Lulath and now Bran and King and Queen Glower. Celie has finished her atlas enough so that she feels it is ready to be copied and shared with others. She knows that her maps will never fully be accurate because new rooms will still come and unused rooms will still go, after all Castle is magic. Celie loves Castle. She cares for it and because of that she also feels its present discomfort. Castle is changing. Rooms are coming without need and they are old and unused. The holiday feasting room arrives with no holiday in sight. A room full of fabrics appears with patterns and fashions hundreds of years old. A map room shows up but with maps of places no one knows and there’s an armory lined with suits of armor and weapons, the uses of some are unknown but dangerously enchanted. Castle seems upset, angry, maybe, ill. It’s as if the rooms are coming from another place and time. Why? What is Castle’s story?
Bran, now the Royal Wizard, sends to the College of Wizardry and asks for help with the armory because of the magic weaponry. Amidst the concern regarding the new unpredictability of Castle, no one but Celie notices the new tower. It’s beyond the schoolroom and in it Celie finds a pumpkin-sized orange egg on a nest of moss and twigs. Celie, with Castle’s help, cares for the egg and keeps it safe until it hatches. The hatchling is a griffin and Celie immediately loves the creature and names him Rufus.
Castle will only allow her to reveal the griffin to a selected few. Why Castle would bring her a griffin and at the same time want to her to keep it a secret? Meanwhile, Wizard Awkright arrives, not the wizard Bran had hoped the college would send. He instantly puts both the royal family and Castle on edge. His mysterious appearances and unusual interest in what Celie is doing, along with his abrupt comments and near threats to the royal family create a suspicious air. What is he doing? Why is he really there? It is clear Castle doesn’t know what to make of his actions either. Just when you think you know Celie, Rolf and Rufus, Lilah and Lulath find themselves in a whole new place. Can Castle find them there?
The adventure and mystery that surrounds Wednesdays in the Tower pulls you through the pages to a satisfying ending and leaves you at a new beginning. You’ll be looking for the next book in the series and wondering what awaits you at Castle Glower.