Castle Glower #1 By: Jessica Day George
Published On: October 25, 2011
Oh! Who wouldn’t want to live in a magical castle, especially one that rearranges its floor plan or creates new rooms whenever it gets bored. Need a slide to get you from one room to another quickly? Castle Glower is for you, especially if the day is Tuesday.
In Tuesdays at the Castle, the King and Queen are on their way home from visiting their son graduate from the College of Wizardry when they are attacked and presumed dead. Naturally, one might assume the heir to the throne, Rolf, would take his place. Unfortunately, some of the Council members seem to have other ideas about how the throne should work. Using the pretense that Rolf is “only 14” and needs guidance they begin to try and take power away from him. But throughout their scheming they forgot one important thing: Castle Glower. When it becomes apparent that the Castle doesn’t believe the King and Queen are dead, the three siblings hatch a plan to delay the Council’s tactics while looking for their parents.
What I liked:
- Celie is an awesome heroine. She is smart, clever, and knows to trust the castle along with her own instincts.
- Castle Glower. Any castle that can shrink the room of someone it doesn’t like to be basically closet-size makes for a fun read. In reverse, I loved how it gave characters it did like better, fancier rooms.
- Transitions between certain chapters were quite well done and sometimes entertaining to read. The narration at the end of the first chapter saying “Everybody loves Celie” immediately contrasted against the next sentence of Celie proclaiming “Everybody hates me” made me chuckle a bit. This didn’t occur with every chapter end/beginning, but there were a few.
- Hijinks and Tricks. The prince and princesses didn’t come up with a elaborate plan to retake the castle that you might see in an epic fantasy novel, but instead acted like, well, kids. They pulled pranks. Pranks intended to delay events and annoy the would-be usurpers that included manure, short sheeting, and moving the privy chamber (the castle did that one) along with several others pranks that are just funny to read.
What I Thought Was Ok or Didn’t Like:
- I never quite understood the motives behind the antagonist’s actions. Nor could I find any potential logic on why they initially banded together or thought certain actions might be better than how it had been in the past. Instead you just have to take their evil actions at face value. Bad guys are bad and are just going to do stupid, illogical things without explanation and that’s that.
Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it’s up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic.