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Ibbotson in her prime,
This review is from: The Star of Kazan (Paperback)
"The Star of Kazan" is a book that contains many themes close to Ibbotson's heart, the main one being Austria, and as you read it is all the more enjoyable as her enthusiasm is filtered into the novel.
It concerns Annika, a young orphan raised in an eccentric house of sibling Professors, with her parental figures being the cook, Ellie, and the housemaid, Sigrid.
When a baby, they discovered her in a church and have looked after her since then. Although she loves her adopted family, she cannot help dreaming of a glamourous and mysterious mother.
When a glamourous and mysterious mother does appear, Annika, although regretful at leaving behind the people she has grown to love, is thrilled at the prospect of her new life.
Containing a sub-plot which is the premise for the real "Star of Kazan", the book is beautifully written with Eva Ibbotson's classic style and passion. It takes a rather clichéd idea and gives it new depths (the idea itself contains the central focus of the plot so I shan't reveal it here) and although slightly predictable at times and aimed at a younger audience than perhaps "Journey to the River Sea" and her other books such as "Magic Flutes", "Song for Summer" ect. is a lovely book.