Book Review: The Nowhere Emporium – By: Ross Mackenzie

The Nowhere Emporium 4.5 Stars

‘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?’

I received a copy through Netgalley.

Wow. I really enjoyed this.

The Nowhere Emporium is a shop of sorts, in which lie wonders beyond the imagination. It will take you to explore the very depths of possibility. However, you won’t remember any of this once you leave. The shop travels the world, ducking through time, and you never know where it will appear next.
The Emporium is full of magical rooms, and sometimes the rooms include magical creatures. I enjoyed reading about each one, and how different and creative they were. There is a room full of flowers made of flames that can’t harm you, there is a room full of books, one for the life story of each person who will ever live, and another that lets you fly through the night sky.

I enjoyed the plot line just as much as I enjoyed the depiction of the Emporium itself; the plot was exciting and intriguing. Periodically, a chapter would tell about a characters past, and it was interesting to consider the new information and how it related to the following chapter. It made for periodic surprises throughout the reading.

The characters were very distinctive from one another, and I enjoyed reading about each of them.

A few strange things happened. There was a room full of disembodied shriveled hands, and a staff member who sewed hairs to his head. He wasn’t exactly a real person though.

The only things that I feel worth mentioning for parents, is that there is the mention of a baby dropped on a doorstep and the antagonist uses the word ‘D*mn’ towards the very end.

I kept forgetting that the characters were Scottish, and it was a bit of a fun surprise whenever they would use a word of Scottish dialect.

I found the book highly entertaining, and would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a magic filled story.


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