Title: The Luthier’s Apprentice
Author: Mayra Calvani
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (10 May 2014)
The Luthier’s Apprentice is book 1 in this new fantasy series, featuring violin student/luthier/amateur sleuth 16-year-old Emma Braun.
Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…
When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice. But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.
But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma’s family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?
Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him. And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier’s apprentice…
I really enjoyed The Luthier’s Apprentice and I must admit I didn’t know what a Luthier was until I started reading this book.
Emma’s character was fantastic, being 16 years old I found that she was not into all that girly stuff. She played the violin most of the time practicing for a big competition. She was very brave and stood up for herself.
I also liked Corey, he was a great sidekick to the adventure and as the story went on I was amazed at how he was connected even more so than just another student violin player who wanted to find out why his violin teacher disappeared.
The book flowed at a great pace and I could not put it down.
Mayra Calvani penned a great read and I look forward to reading more from her.
Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to nonfiction to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now resides in Brussels, Belgium.