Review: The Pendant Path

The Pendant Path by Jane Barlow Funk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

Kenji Okado has a secret. Trained since birth to be the ultimate weapon against a threat that might not even exist, he is struggling to navigate high school. His world changes for the better when popular student Hyrum Decker becomes his lab partner, but little does Kenji realize how his newfound friendship will be tested when he and Hyrum discover the hidden potential of a family heirloom.

Elsie, an apprentice clockmaker, is struggling to achieve Journeyman status in a place where being half British isn’t an asset. Recently, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her. But that’s the least of her problems, now that her brother Xan has stolen a priceless artifact from the local crime lord.

Two teenagers. Two parallel worlds. Destined never to meet until they stumble upon the secret of the pendant path.


I usually don't take books by cover but this one is an exception where I liked the cover so much that I decided to give it a try. The blurb was interesting as well and hence it didn't took me long to dive into this book.

The story is a mix of fantasy and history, which is a very unique and creative blend as compared to other fantasies that I had been reading since last few months. Certainly, the plot was very well developed and characters were also well developed with a great bonding. I liked the way it began with kenji being trained for unknown things that he thought his father was paranoid about but later those very things came to his rescue.

Some really key good points that I really liked in this book are great blend of historical plot and their references along with the story's progress although as more if the story is been happening in the historical phase. Also another thing I liked is that there wasn't a cliche turn where the characters had to romance with each other, which is another weird trend seen in the books these days but this one was a huge relief to that annoying trend.

Also some minus points I felt were that, the plot of fantasy could've been explored much more. Like there wasn't much of a talk about pendant, its powers etc.. I felt that was a bit left ignored? Also since major of the part happens in the past, the story-line could've been much better as the present one isn't bad but it could've been much better exploring much ups and downs instead of singing the same tune till the end.

The climax although surprised me and had a nice stable ending. There were no weird things that would seem like a plot-holes but I felt much of the plot was left unexplored especially in the Fantasy portion where I felt history was overpowering over everything. There's action,drama and nice banter between young teens. I'd surely recommend this for children and also for those who want to avoid romance for once in a while.

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