The Adventures Of Sarah Coppernick
Golden Mane is a great start to a new fantasy series. Although this is a story about werewolves, don't groan and think that this is just another wolf story because it is far from it. Sure, Sarah and her family are werewolves, but they are not the only creatures of interest in this fantasy book. Gilmour has created a fascinating world full of characters with their own distinct personalities, like the pixirazzi which are a personal favorite of mine. Each character that is introduced enhances the story, adds interest, dimension and a little intrigue. Gilmour has created a great cast of supporting characters to compliment the story.
There are many small details that I enjoyed very much in this novel. The first is that Sarah is an eleven-year-old girl. It's quite refreshing to read about a girl about to be thrust into a crazy world that hasn't entered high school, found her love of boys, and that obsesses about her appearance. This is not another teen fantasy romance between humans, vampires and werewolves, and I loved the absence of that type of drama. It allows for other elements of a great story to present themselves center stage, like the path to self discovery, friendship, adventure, and good old fashion fun.
While Golden Mane is a great lighthearted read, it is also quite unpredictable. Combine that with exceptional writing and an equally great story, and you have a fantastic book and a running start into a wonderful series.