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A Riddle in Ruby: The Great Unravel

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 “A Riddle in Ruby: The Great Unravel,” by Kent Davis is the third book in its series. It was a really good book, I would say it is exceptional, but it is not what I would necessarily call perfect. There were some things I wish Kent Davis would not include in this book.

In the beginning of the book, Ruby Teach and her friends are near the mountain of the Reeve, who are their enemies in the war between the French and the English.

Ruby Teach is an English thief captured by the Reeve and trained to turn into animals. She has been a victim of the Reeve’s machine, “the Swede machine,” named after the doctor it was created by, Dr. Swedenborg, the main antagonist in this book.

Ruby and her friends are hiking near the mountain when they encounter Ruby’s long lost mom, which Ruby is not happy about. She believes that her mom betrayed her while she was young, and didn’t care about her. But throughout the book, they develop a close relationship.

The way these events tie together is what I believe is the best part of the book.

The story itself is really good, but the words the author uses to tell it is not the best way to do so. The author obviously has a great imagination, but he is way too descriptive and I just feel that the way he wrote it is too complex for the ages it says it’s supposed to be read by.

I really love the book, but too many characters appear at one time. And most of the characters never make another appearance. I think the way it was organized was the worst part of book, and characters should have their own appearance, rather than just one huge appearance to introduce them.

I would recommend this book for ages 12-14, due to complicated parts and also bad language. I recommend reading the first two books because this book is a series. 

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