I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb: The Island of Mist is under siege and Odge Gribble and Prince Ben are in hiding. Desperate to find out why the mist is disappearing, Odge travels through the gump to Vienna, to find a mistmaker expert. But in yet another case of mistaken identity, Odge finds Lina, a nine-year-old girl looking for adventure. With the help of friends old and new, and some very interesting magic, Odge and Lina must discover the secret of the mist, before they lose their beloved island completely.
Title: Beyond Platform 13
Author: Sibeal Pounder and Eva Ibbotson
Illustrator: Beatriz Castro
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s, an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Genre: Fiction, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Join Lina, a young girl mistaken as the mistmaker master, on her adventure with hags, princes, witches and more to save the illusive island of Mist from the evil harpies!
If you’re after a bit of magical escapism then I’d really recommend picking this book up! It’s absolutely full of all kinds of magical creatures that Lina and her friends bump into on their adventure to save the Isle of Mist from the takeover of the awful harpies. There’s cockney mermaids, fluffy mistmakers and train conducting ghosts (among many others), all of which give this story a really magical air, pulling you right into the adventure.
The characters were all so loveable in this story, drawing you into their little group and making you feel as if you’re part of the action. Plus, there’s the added addition of a fluffy mistmaker which is always welcome in a fantasy adventure! The plot moves nice and quickly and we jump between points of view to get a real picture of everything that’s happening on the island. The world building in this story is another really exciting aspect. Magical creatures of all kinds can transport between world with the help of gumps (portals) which lead to different sections of the island. We get to see different parts of the island – from the hidden world of the fairies to the caves where witches practice their potions – which really adds to the reading experience.
As for what I disliked, I would have wanted more of a description of the Isle of Mist as I felt like we only got to see glimpses of it. I would note that this might have been present in the first book in this series, The Secret of Platform 13, where we first meet Ben and Odge and are introduced to this magical place.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to get lost in a magical world full of fantastical creatures and brave heroines! If you’re a fan of Michelle Harrison, Catherine Doyle or Dominque Valente, this book will be a perfect fit for your TBR!
Have you read this book? What did you think? Is there something similar that you’ve read? I’d love to know!