Book Review: The Guitar of Mayhem (Starfell #2)
Continuing my binge of the Starfell series by Jessica Renwick, today I’m reviewing The Guitar of Mayhem (Starfell #2).
I loved the first book (my review here), so I dove right into the next one without delay! On to the review!
The second book in the Starfell series by award-winning author, Jessica Renwick
After their escape from Endora’s mansion, Fable Nuthatch and her friends are recovering at Tulip Manor. With Fedilmid and Aunt Moira’s protection spells keeping them safe, the children have settled into a routine life of friendship, studying, and practicing magic.
When odd messages appear in Fable’s book, and a strange light in the forest rouses her dog’s curiosity, the children’s lives are spun back into mayhem. A trip into the magical city of Mistford leads them on a wild chase after a rogue star, a missing astronomer, and an enchanted guitar that holds a secret that will change their lives forever.
With Endora hot on their trail, can Fable and her friends discover the truth before its too late?
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Having escaped the clutches of Endora, Fable and co. have been shacking up at Fedilmid’s mansion. Fable’s been practicing her magic eagerly awaiting the blood star’s arrival, but when they investigate strange lights that appear in the woods, it sets forth a chain of events that challenges them all. Can they sort out the mystery and still retrieve the blood star before it falls into the wrong hands?
This novel was a solid continuation of the Starfell series, and I had a lot of fun along the way!
Fable continues to have personal growth along this adventure, learning to trust her emotions and abilities, not fight them. I enjoyed her journey this time around. Controlling magic is hard! I also like how her bond with her friends is strengthening and that she retained a rebellious spark when adults tried to boss her around.
Thorn continues to be my favorite supporting character, and I don’t think that’s going to change. She had some growth as well, and that was nice to see. I also like Brennus’s reaction to developments along the way. It made a lot of sense to me given his situation.
The plot was fun and full of magic like last time. I enjoyed learning about this bizarre guitar and what it could do. I also liked the mystery around the blood star. It still intrigues me, and I hope we learn more as things progress. I did have some minor quips plotwise. Fedilmid’s actions in Mistford seemed irresponsible, which didn’t quite fit given their suspicions about what was going on. I also thought that the build up was a smidge slow for my liking, but it did pick up pretty fast once we got through some slower chapters.
Overall, this was another fun magical episode in Fable’s chaotic journey, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
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This series sounds adorable. Fab review, Jonny!
Thanks Priscilla! It’s been a great break for me from my scarier more adult reads before grad school starts up again.
Sounds like an great middle-grade read and a solid second in the series, Jonny. You’re awesome to give these books some love. The cover is adorable too.
Thanks! Yeah, I’ve really enjoyed taking a break from the more adult focused stuff I tend to read, but you can definitely expect some scary stuff with Halloween coming up!
Oh my gosh… Halloween? Already? Lol.
Yeah, totally! I always start prepping in September and that’s only a couple weeks away so I’ve gotta figure some things out!
September is only a couple of weeks away? Lol I want more summer.
Haha yeah, how crazy is that? I’ve been gunning for the next ice age, but I know not everyone loves the cold like I do. I just keep daydreaming about dressing in layers hahaha.