‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.

When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.

But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

This was a beautiful book in many ways, but there did seem to be something lacking.

The character of Isa behaves in a fairly typical fairytale manner, and her journey into the Forbidden Territories is richly described. There were some great scenes, but everything happened very quickly and it wasn’t always clear why certain characters acted as they did.