Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz is a book about magic, puppets and two orphans trying to survive in London in 1860.WARNING: It starts out as not a happy book. Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are assistants to the great puppet master Grisini. He is not a nice man and does not treat them well. He also has a very shady past. When Clara, the sole surviving daughter of the rich doctor, disappear after her birthday puppet show,
all eyes turn to the three puppeteers. However, there is more to this tale then just kidnapping. Far away there is a dying witch who is trying to get rid of her curse before it is too late. When these two separate threads come together, there will be more than just magic, there will be death and destruction!
This book has gotten rave reviews but it is not the type of book that I would usually read. It sounds like a downer. However, it was so action packed and so different than other books I have read that I flew through it! The characters are well developed and the story is uniquely different. Although this book seemed a bit bleak, it has a huge heart that makes you care about the characters and the ending. I really enjoyed this book and loved the shifting perspectives that really created a memorable story!