The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colours of Madeleine #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Published February 27, 2013 by PanMacmillan AU
Source: the publisher
Rating: 5 stars
From the blurb: It's not easy being Princess Ko.
Her family is missing, taken to the World through cracks in the Kingdom, which were then sealed tightly behind them.
Now Princess Ko is running the Kingdom, and war is looming.
To help her find her family, she gathers a special group of teens, including Elliot Baranski of the Farms. He's been writing secret letters to a Girl-in-the World named Madeleine Tully - and now the Kingdom needs her help.
Madeleine and Elliot must locate the missing royals, convince them of their true identities, and figure out how to unlock the dangerous cracks between the Kingdom and the World.
All before their enemies can stop them.
The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty is the sequel to A Corner of White. Set in Cambridge, England and the Kingdom of Cello, we once again meet up with Madeleine Tully and Elliot Baranski, two teens, communicating via a crack between their worlds.
It’s been a year and a half since I read and loved A Corner of White and what was so wonderful was about the sequel was that I never had any issues with remembering what had happened or who the characters were, it all fell into place the moment I began reading. The reminders and information included in this book were subtle and explained so simply, there was never an issue with time being wasted on lengthy, unnecessary descriptions.
Hanging out with Madeleine and Elliot again was a lot of fun. Madeleine is wonderfully intelligent and curious, she’s always got facts and details waiting to be shared. Elliot is such a well-loved boy, by his family and community, always keen to help people out. Both of them are suffering from the loss of their fathers, yet each of them remain hopeful, supporting each other via their letters.
It was such a pleasure to return to Cello, this magical world where colours take on shapes, where you can catch spells in a lake, where some people can fly. I wholeheartedly believe in this world because it feels like no detail has been spared, that if you were to ask the author anything about the world, she’d know the answer. The connection between Cello and our world is so clever and I never have an issue believing in what happens, it feels as real as day to day life.
I found the plot completely intriguing, wondering if Elliot and Madeleine were going to figure out how to get through the crack, wondering if the Royal Family would return home, wondering who was going to turn out to be against them. Despite the length of this book (526 pages) there was never a dull moment and it was surprisingly quick to read. The ending gave me a pang of grief, there was so much to be happy about, yet some of the characters’ situations left me feeling sad. But, it also means I am already looking forward to the third book.
The Cracks in the Kingdom is a magical, whimsical, spellbinding sequel that will not disappoint fans of A Corner of White.
Thank you to the lovely people at Pan MacMillan for my review copy.
I did nails to match the first book in this series but our Aussie cover has been changed for the sequel and it now matches the US version. I really like this stormy blue cover and had a lot of fun re-creating it.
I started with 2 coats of BYS Sky's the Limit. Once dry I sponged on the following polishes: L.A Colors Sea Foam, L.A Colors Sea Siren, and Ulta3 Get Teal.
For the umbrella, the lightening, and the rain I used acrylic paint and a fine brush.