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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

I haven’t formed a general opinion of 2021 just yet, but based on the past few days, I think I can safely say that it is going to be a great year for reading! Since the beginning of the new year, I’ve had the opportunity to read several fantastic books, including another of the books that my parents got me for Christmas…The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, by Garth Nix.

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London tells the story of eighteen-year-old Susan Arkshaw, who has moved to London to search for the father she has never met. She’s only been in the city for a short time when she runs into Merlin, a handsome left-handed bookseller who has been trained to fight against mythical creatures that have passed from the Old World into the modern one.

Susan quickly finds herself immersed in Merlin’s world as she’s taken to meet his large, extended family of left-, right-, and even-handed booksellers. With dangerous magical beings hunting her, Susan’s quest to find her father becomes even more urgent. Merlin and his twin sister offer to help, believing that Susan’s search for her father might provide answers about the death of their own mother…if they can manage to stay alive long enough to find them, that is.

I absolutely loved The Left-Handed Booksellers of London! This was actually my first time reading anything by Garth Nix, but I will definitely be reading more of his novels in the future! The Left-Handed Booksellers of London was a fast-paced and entertaining read, and had a cast of well-developed characters. Merlin, in particular, was a very fun character to read about. I really enjoyed his relationship with Susan, as well as his obsession with clothing.

While I did not choose to read this book as part of this year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, it would definitely be a great choice for any of the following prompts: “a magical realism book,” “a book where the main character works at your current or dream job,” “a book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021,” “a book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads” (as of this morning, it has only 806 reviews on Goodreads), or “a book you think your best friend would like.”

If you are a fan of fantasy novels and/or young adult fiction, I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Left-Handed Booksellers of London. I thought it was a fantastic novel, which can be enjoyed by both teenage and adult readers. If you have the chance to read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Happy reading!

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