Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Daykeeper's Grimoire (Prophecy of Days, #1) by Christy Raedeke

Title: The Daykeeper's Grimoire (Prophecy of Days, #1)
Author: Christy Raedeke
Publisher: Flux
Paperback, 352 pages
Date Published: May 1, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
PROPHECY OF DAYS, BOOK ONE: THE DAYKEEPER’S GRIMOIRE is the story of Caity Mac Fireland, a girl from San Francisco whose parents drag her to an isle off the coast of Scotland to manage some family property. Caity finds that a Mayan relic is concealed there, intentionally left centuries ago by Mayan Daykeepers in an attempt to keep their profound knowledge about the year 2012 alive into the current era.

As she delves into this world of secret knowledge, Caity is helped along by a visiting family friend and Feng Shui master, Uncle Li; a Mayan elder named Bolon; and Mr. Papers, her pet monkey that communicates through origami. A handsome Scottish lad gets pulled into the intrigue, as do several other people with questionable motives and loyalties. Caity must weave together a tapestry of information in order to make her radical discovery, a mystery protected by an elite coterie of power-brokers who influence world events. Caity’s twenty-first century mind is put to the test as she tries to uncover the answer to an ancient riddle while trying to outwit this powerful group that will stop at nothing to control the secret, and her.


The Daykeeper’s Grimoire (Prophecy of Days, #1) is beyond interesting and quite the engrossing read. Caity is a strong female character who is intelligent and independent, while still remaining slightly na├»ve and young. At times, she comes off as a bit younger than her 16 years, but in other ways, she is wise beyond her years. As an only child, her attachment to Mr. Papers, the origami-making monkey, is understandable. And who wouldn’t adore a monkey in a circus outfit who can communicate with intricately folded pieces of paper?

The entire backstory to The Daykeeper’s Grimoire centers around the Mayan predictions about 2012 and what it all really means. Seeing as how all I knew about 2012 was that there was a movie that basically said the world was going to end, I was so far out of my league here. Raedeke tackles everything from the Mayan calendar to feng shui to incredibly complicated things involving the Galactic Center. While it all may sound out of this world and too much to truly comprehend, Raedeke brings it down to an easily digested level. I was blown away by the crazy amount of research that must have gone into creating this Scottish castle with these weird symbols that lead to a prophecy involving a girl and what some view as the end of the world.

I can’t say too much about it without giving away really awesome little details, so go pick this up. It will be one of the best investments you’ll ever make. The Daykeeper’s Grimoire is a delectably intelligent, complicated, yet completely satisfying read that stands so far out in the YA genre. Caity doesn’t naturally have to fall in love with a guy and the love story is so innocent that it’s barely even. This one’s about the storyline, not the love story and that really pays off. The cast of characters are, at times, hilarious, creepy, geeky to the point of awesomeness, and (most importantly) easy to relate to. Caity is easily one of the most likable characters I’ve read in a while. Everything about her makes you like her. The fact that she is so intelligent, but not snotty about it was one thing that really made me love Caity. That and Raedeke just does a wonderful job developing the character and the entire prophecy storyline. I loved it and I feel like I learned so much from it.

Opening line: First off, I’m going to save you from reading seventy pages of how I go a Scottish castle on the Isle of Huracan in the middle of a black churning sea. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line: “Often the least amount of words speak the most profound truths…” ~ pg. 97
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

22 comments:

Lisa_Gibson said...

this sounds so interesting. What a great review. Thanks.

Orchid said...

I completely agree this book is awesome. I borrowed it from a friend and only have only a little bit left to read. :)

Carol M said...

A book is always more enjoyable when you really like the main character. I can't wait to read this!

Jules@OneBookShy said...

This sounds like a fascinating book. Don't feel bad, I was clueless about the Mayan prediction until the movie came out too! Guess I'll have to get busy :)

Bethie said...

I would love to read this. There is so much hype about 2012. I would like to learn some facts behind the myth.

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Karen said...

I'm really excited about this one! I love the Mayan connection and it sounds like a new and interesting premise. I haven't been too wrapped up in the 2012 hype, but the book sounds great!

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Ooo...sounds interesting! I've always been fascinated by Mayan culture and the whole "end of the world" thing. I'll have to add this one to the list! :)

Amanda Makepeace said...

Definitely adding this my TBR list. It's nice to see books delving into other cultural myths. Great review!!

throuthehaze said...

Very intriguing! Great review :)

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I've read some really great reviews on this one! Glad to hear you liked it too. It's one I definately want for my classroom library.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I've read some really great reviews on this one! Glad to hear you liked it too. It's one I definately want for my classroom library.

k_sunshine1977 said...

a monkey that communicates through origami? wow....i want to read this from that alone - and the rest of the review sounds good too!

k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

Ruth (Book Focus) said...

Haha this sounds so different and cool! And a YA book that DOESN'T centre around the romance? I think the origami-making monkey would be more commonplace than that :o Also, love the opening line. This book sounds really cool, will have to add to my TBR list! :)

Llehn said...

I've never seen a Feng Shui master in a book before. I'm intrigued.

Pink said...

Feng Shui master? Sounds pretty cool! Thanks for the review! :)

buddyt said...

It sounds like a complicated story and a fascinating book.

I shall have to add it to my wishlist.

Thanks

Carol T

EmilyJoy said...

This sounds really interesting! Can't wait to check it out!

Alessandra @Out of the Blue said...

Wow, this sounds very interesting!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

The great thing about this book is that it stands out so much from other YA books. I've never seen another YA book that focuses on Mayan mythology and 2012 and I love that. Prophecy of Days is a wonderful book for both YA readers and MG readers. So many people will love this book if they give it a chance :D

Linda Henderson said...

Thank you for the information on this book. I was not familiar with this author or book but it sounds like a very interesting read.

seriousreader at live dot com

Abhishek Duggal said...

Your Favorite line: “Often the least amount of words speak the most profound truths…” is so TRUE!!!

pinkangel1026 said...

Sounds great! I wanna read it!!

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