Book Review: The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

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Title: The Nowhere Emporium
Author: Ross MacKenzie
Published: March 19th 2015
Publisher: Kelpies
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Length: 280 pages

I purchased a copy of this book on my kindle.

Book Blurb (via Goodreads):

When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the ‘shop from nowhere’ — and its owner, Mr Silver — draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. Recruited as Mr Silver’s apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium’s vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms — rooms that contain wonders beyond anything Daniel has ever imagined. But when Mr Silver disappears, and a shadow from the past threatens everything, the Emporium and all its wonders begin to crumble. Can Daniel save his home, and his new friends, before the Nowhere Emporium is destroyed forever?

My Thoughts

I heard about this story so long ago and I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to buying and reading it, but I’m so glad that I finally did. This story just sounded so intriguing when I first heard about it and it was a case of ‘I really need this book now!’ … and then I waited for far too long to get it.

Daniel is being bullied at the orphanage where he lives. When he runs into a store to hide from the bullies one day, the mysterious shop owner takes an interest in him. Taking the opportunity of a lifetime, Daniel goes to live and work in the Nowhere Emporium, home to the many wonders thought up by Lucien Silver – the man who owns the store. Discovering hidden talents, Daniel feels like his life is finally turning around, then Mr Silver disappears and the Emporium starts to fall apart without him.

I absolutely loved this story. The imagination that went into thinking this up is incredible. After finishing this story, I really wanted to visit the Emporium myself – or even live in it. It was such a magical place.

Jumping between the present and the past – where Lucien Silver’s back story is told and how the Emporium came about – was really interesting and didn’t feel invasive to the main story. I felt that it gave us just enough of a snippet to try and work out why certain things had happened without giving it to us outright.

The wonders within each room were really unique and I would have loved to visit all of them – particularly the library with the story of every person who has ever lived and who will ever live!

The story does take a dark turn close to the end, and it’s an edge of your seat journey to see whether they can find Mr Silver again and save the Emporium. I loved how inspired their plans were.

This was a fantastic read, full of fun and adventure and a truly evil bad guy. This is definitely one that I would recommend to others.

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