Review: The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly

Posted March 28, 2015

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders
Series: The Keepers #1
Published by Hot Key Books on 5th March 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus - a sign with his name on it - his whole life changes. It leads Horace to the House of Answers, a mysteriously hidden warehouse full of curious objects and peculiar people, as well as a treasure of his own... a marvellous box, full of wonder and power and magic.

But terrors stalk his city too - shadowy figures who would hurt Horace to steal his remarkable gift. Horace's path is about to become a battleground where nothing is as it seems, and where friendship, loyalty and trust are the greatest powers of all.



In Brief


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Things I liked

* The main characters

* A well rounded story

* Fantastic concepts, well executed


* The glossary at the back

Didn't Like

* At times I found it a little hard to keep up, but that’s just me and my fog-addled brain.

Who Should Read It

* Fans of fantasy.

* Anyone who likes an adventure.

Rest of the series

I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series!

My Thoughts

The Box and the Dragonfly is the first book in The Keepers series. It’s a middle grade book, but don’t let that deter you from picking it up; it’s a brilliant middle grade book!

When I picked up this book I really didn’t know much more than what the blurb and the synopsis on Goodreads said. Honestly I think that was for the best. I had no real idea what I was going in for, I just expected a magical adventure, and that’s what I got…and a whole lot more!

Horace is 12. He’s thoughtful, rational and enjoys science and chess. One day his bus home from school takes a different route from usual, and leads him to see a sign that he’s sure has his name on it. Being the curious boy he is he investigates this sign.

His investigation leads him to a mysterious warehouse, a powerful box and a world he had no idea existed. A group of people known as Wardens, another group known as Rivens and a battle to control/protect mysterious instruments known as Tanu.

There’s so much depth to this story. A whole world of people, instruments and magic that is really thorough, well thought out and very engaging.

There were times in this book when I had nagging doubts over who were actually the “good guys”. There were other times when I could almost feel the creepiness of a certain 4-knuckled character leaping from the book.

There are friendships and parental relationships. There are mysteries, magic and scientific explanations. There’s plotting and scheming. There’s danger and destiny. There’s everything!

Admittedly I found the start rather slow, I think that was just me adjusting to this being a Middle Grade book. Once I got used to the writing style I was off! As for the writing itself, somehow Sanders’ words manage to create the most clear images in my mind. Plus the scientific explanations, which are intrinsic to the story, are put across very clearly.

I definitely recommend it. I know it’s a book I’ll be gifting to the middle-grade readers in my life. I think it’d be a great book to read with your kids, or for them to wander off to read alone. I’m just desperate to get my hands on book two, but I’ll have to wait until next year for that.

One final note for parents – I don’t know if people care about such things, but just in case… there’s a mention of flipping someone off, the words pissey and crap appeared once but I can’t think of anything else that anyone may find “controversial”. An American author using an American style of speech, but I know we Brits can be a bit funny about such things.