Kid’s Book Review: The City of Lost Dreamers

Kid’s Book Review: The City of Lost Dreamers

About the Book and Author

Described as a ‘coming of age story set in a gripping new fantasy world’ this is the latest novel by Lisa Lueddecke. As with her other writing it contains strong female characters to root for and was inspired by the folktales of her Hungarian heritage.

In a city that has been struck off the map, cursed to wander forever by the famed map magician Baba Yaga, a young girl called Siya accidentally finds the lost pieces of the magical map that will reunite her city with the rest of the world.
Always overlooked as the magic-less daughter of a powerful magician, she believes this is her moment to prove her worth. But instead of being celebrated, she is now hunted by powerful forces threatening the city.
With the help of her worst enemy, Feodor, Siya must unravel the mystery of why the Map Makers’ Guild is so desperate not to let the map be completed, find Baba Yaga and become the saviour of her city.

City of Lost Dreamers
Lisa Lueddecke

Lisa Leuddecke was born into an Air Force family which gave her a love for travel. She currently resides in Englandand is a former book blogger and publishing intern turned writer.

A Shiver of Snow and Sky, the first installment in her debut fantasy series, was published by Scholastic in October 2017; its sequel – A Storm of Ice and Stars – came out in October 2018.

The Forest of Ghost and Bones, a new stand-alone novel aimed at young adults, followed in October 2020, all published by Scholastic as is The City of Lost Dreamers.


Book Review

The reader is rooting for Siya and Feodor all the way throughout all their triumphs and failures

The City of Lost Dreamers by Lisa Lueddecke is a truly beautiful book. It creates a magical atmosphere whilst balancing friendships and new beginnings. This books takes a whole different stance on magic; is written in such a gripping way that you can’t put it down and you truly connect with the characters. It is centred on a developing friendship between two people, Siya and Feodor, who had never interacted before. Feodor is magical and Siya non-magical, mirroring the many hierarchies in our society today, and showing that no matter what our differences are we can always find similarities.

Siya and Feodor are two bold teenagers who work together to reunite their city, Shard, with the rest of Sarsova after it had been cursed by an extremely powerful enchantress. Astonishing discoveries along the way shatter Feodor and Siya’s perception of life. However, this shows how strong they are and helps them to grow as people. You immediately love these two characters, particularly when they are together. They help each other and delve into their feelings for each other and everything around them. In fact, all of the characters in this book, especially those at the centre of the plot, grow and change throughout the course of The City of Lost Dreamers. Siya and Feodor are propelled from their usually dull lives and suddenly thrust into unimaginable adventures. The reader is rooting for them all the way throughout all their triumphs and failures.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and a good, gripping read. Fans of the Chrestomanci Series by Dianna Wynne Jones will love this book, as I did. The language isn’t too challenging so I would recommend it to children and teens of 11-12 + years old. I really enjoyed this book and I think anyone who reads it will gain a lot and love it.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Becky
  • Age: 12 Years
  • Likes: walking my dog, pizza, playing music
  • Dislikes: marmalade and playing Monopoly!
  • Favourite Book: The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Favourite Song: Piano Man by Billy Joel
  • Favourite Film: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers