Non ancora pubblicato in Italia. Un fantasy storico ambientato ad Oxford dove un giovane ragazzo deve decidere se essere leale a coloro che lo hanno tolto dalla strada e dato la possibilità di studiare o al suo paese di origine.
I can’t get over how great this book is. It is such a brilliant, intelligent, and incredible book and I really took my time savoring it. I learned more about the power of language, colonialism, racism, and class differences and I was completely engrossed in the lives of the well-developed and vividly-portrayed characters.
After cholera took all his family, young Robin Swift was “rescued” by an Oxford professor and brought from the poor streets of Canton to a beautiful house in Hampstead. All he has to do to keep his new life is to study and learn languages so that he can enter the prestigious Royal Institute of Translation, also known as Babel, in Oxford. However, when he discovers about the Hermes secret society, Robin finds his loyalties torn.
“One thing united them all, without Babel they had nowhere in this country to go. They had been chosen for privileges they couldn’t have ever imagined, funded by powerful and wealthy men whose motives they didn’t understand and they were acutely aware these could be lost at any moment. That precariousness made them simultaneously bold and terrified. They had the keys to the kingdom. They did not want to give them back.”
I don’t know how to make justice to this book without revealing too much about it. I’ll just say, read it, read it, read it! I loved every single page of it…