Linus Baker is a case worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth and lives a regimented life. He knows the rule book inside and out and follows it to the letter. His latest assignment, however, will put his knowledge and adherence to ethical code to the test. In his latest role, he is being sent to Marsyas Island Orphanage to make sure everything is on the up and up. It’s all highly classified because these adorable little children just may be the most dangerous beings alive. The children and their soft caretaker, Arthur Parnassus, might crack open Linus’ heart and get him to go off-book.
Overall this feels like a hug of a novel. It’s light without veering into rom-com territory and has a lovely message. I think the only reason I rated it lower is because it had been so hyped up that I assumed it would be absolutely life changing. While it wasn’t life changing, it certainly falls into the feel-good category and perfect for that time when you want something heartwarming rather than heart-racing.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Pair with: Nettle leaf tea