While a book with orphaned children, an aloof guardian, and a magnificent library (off-limits to children), may seem predictable, The Edge Of Everywhen is anything but. A.S. Mackey adds plenty of creativity by reimagining a formulaic story into something completely original. I appreciated the Christian truths woven gently into the story.
Phoenix has not spoken for as long as Piper can remember but he has a special way of writing coded messages for his sister (there are clues to the key, but nothing expressly explained--may be fun for puzzlers to figure out). Their Aunt Beryl has some mystery, and sadness surrounding her that unfortunately, keeps her on the periphery of the children's lives. But the butler and cook make up for the warmth their guardian may lack. The book has some mystery and even a bit of magic (just a very sweet, innocent type of magic).
Readers will also be fascinated by a parallel story and how that may eventually impact the main character's lives. After losing her parents, Piper takes solace in her love of reading and one of my favorite parts of the book included the narrator's asides about various children's book titles. If you read this together as a family, I highly recommend going back and reading the books mentioned. I felt that there were things not completely explained so I really hope that additional books in the will be forthcoming!
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of The Edge of Everywhen from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.